On Sunday (14th March) night, the visitors England will meet against the hosts India in the second game of the five-match T20I series at Narendra Modi Stadium (Motera, Ahmedabad).
England have started this T20I series in impressive fashion by winning the series-opener by 8 wickets. However, they will now have to play more seriously in the upcoming matches as India know very well how to make a comeback in a series.
India vs England 2021, 2nd T20I: England’s Predicted XI
In this T20I series opener, Jason Roy just missed his fifty but his 49 runs off 32 balls was well enough to secure England’s comfortable series-leading victory. In recent times, Roy has performed impressively in T20 cricket as his last knock was his third 40+ score in his last four T20 innings, where he also scored one fifty.
Jos Buttler (wk)
The wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler is currently in very good touch with the bat. In the last game, while England had to chase 125 runs in 20 overs, Buttler put 72 runs opening partnership with Jason Roy for the opening wicket and scored 28 runs. He was also in good touch with the bat when he got the opportunities in the Test match in the ongoing Asian tour.
The top-ranked T20I batsman Dawid Malan is now one of the in-form players in T20 cricket, especially in international cricket. In the last three T20Is, Malan scored 55, 99* and 24*.
In the recent Test series against the hosts India, Jonny Bairstow had a very rough patch where he scored three ducks in four innings. But in the last game, Bairstow scored 26 not out off 17 balls (only four and 2 sixes) and batted much confidently.
Eoin Morgan (C)
Captain Eoin Morgan is definitely the crucial name in this English T20I batting line-up. While his batting didn’t require in the last game, he is always ready to serve for the team. While England are now achieving consistent success in limited-over formats, his captaincy always plays a very crucial role.
All-rounder Ben Stokes had the role with the ball in the T20I series opener where he had bowling figures of 3-0-25-1. He took the wicket of Rishabh Pant (21) which broke the crucial 28 runs partnership for the fourth wicket.
Sam Curran only had little role in the T20I series opener as he bowled two overs, where he conceded 15 runs without picking a wicket. He is a very good T20 all-rounder who can take wickets and also score crucial runs in a firing way.
The right-arm fast bowler Jofra Archer bowled superbly in the last game as his bowling was the main reason why England won that T20I very comfortably. At first, he bowled the opener KL Rahul (1), and then he took the wickets of Hardik Pandya (19) and Shardul Thakur (0) in back-to-back deliveries. While he had bowling figures of 4-1-23-3, he won the Player of the Match award.
Chris Jordan is the crucial name in England’s T20I pace-bowling line-up. Currently, he is one of the successful death bowlers in T20 cricket due to his consistent success in this role. In this T20I series opener, he finished with bowling figures of 4-0-27-1 as he dismissed Shreyas Iyer (67) in the last over of the innings.
The leg-spinner Adil Rashid is a very consistent performer for England in the limited-overs format. In the first game of this series, he dismissed Indian skipper Virat Kohli for a duck and ended with 3-0-14-1.
In the first T20I of this series, fast bowler Mark Wood had bowling figures of 4-0-20-1 where he bowled Shikhar Dhawan for 4 runs. But more importantly, he was super fast and maintained his pace in the entire match. His bowling played another crucial for England’s success.