IND vs ENG: England put down a marker in the first T20I match by beating India in every possible way. The batting, bowling or even the decision-making, England held an upper hand over India right from the off. Virat Kohli’s men lost almost all individual battles. But the series is long, with four games still to be played. England may have pulled a few strings in the first T20, but India is not a paper tiger, and can’t be forced into making similar mistakes. Here are 3 battles India will have to win to level the series.
India vs England 2nd T20I: Jofra Archer’s ferocious spell was too hot to handle for the Indian openers in the first T20 match. The 25-year-old bowled with a sweltering pace while holding down a tight line and length. It was his first spell that set the tone for England. There was no way back for the Indian side after KL Rahul’s stumps were uprooted by Archer in the 2nd over. India was always playing the catchup game since Rahul’s wicket.
Even Shikhar Dhawan failed to negotiate Archer’s spell with any apparent authority.
If India is to run England close in the 2nd T20 match, Archer will have to be dealt with some counter-attacking measures. KL Rahul holds a good record against Archer.
Archer vs Rahul: Since 2018
IND vs ENG 2nd T20I: Jofra Archer was not the only antagonist against India. Mark Wood, Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan all chipped in with wickets. But it was Adil Rashid who complemented Jofra Archer better. He opened the bowling for England after all and hardly gave any loose ball. The 33-year-old even forced Virat Kohli into a rash shot. It was Kohli’s 2nd consecutive duck against England.
“Kohli is obviously a dangerous batter and to see the back of him early so many times is a real bonus. I think it probably might have dampened their camp a little bit,” Archer was quoted as saying after the 1st T20I match.
Indians are always known for their skills against the spin bowlers. It’s high time they show their might against Rashid.
Yuzvendra Chahal is the master of what Rashid was asked to do in the first IND vs ENG T20I match, and that is to bowl in the powerplay. He can both contain the run-rate and get wickets for India. But the 30-year-old off-spinner was picked easily by England batsmen. In fact, his figures of 44 runs for 1 wicket was one of the worst spells he has ever bowled in the Indian shirt. The onus will be on him to rectify that and make England work harder for runs against him. He holds the key.