With the series currently tied at 1-1, both England and India will square off in the third and the final Twenty20 Internationals to win the series at Bristol on July 8 (Sunday).
Meanwhile, England learned from most of their mistakes at Old Trafford to ensure India’s spinners had much less of an impact in Cardiff. With the series at stake, this game will give a glimpse of where these two titled contenders are standing for the World Cup next year.
However, the visitors did well to push the match into the final over – and with England needing 20 off two overs, then 12 off the last would have still fancied their chances – but their poor start with the bat ultimately cost them after losing three wickets in the Powerplay. It wasn’t until the final over of the innings from Jake Ball, which cost 22, that they really got away from England.
Meanwhile, Ben Stokes will be available for this game which makes the selection really tough. He last represented his country in the first Test against Pakistan in May. While Alex Hales has cemented a berth with a match-winning knock, Joe Root has the backing of Paul Farbrace.
The defeat in Cardiff will not force Virat Kohli to bring changes in the playing XI this early. However, they will be worried by the form Shikhar Dhawan, who is yet to make a mark in this series. Furthermore, Suresh Raina has probably done enough to deny Dinesh Karthik and newcomer Krunal Pandya a chance in the T20Is.
England: Jos Buttler (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Joe Root, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Jake Ball, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes
India: Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dinesh Karthik, Siddarth Kaul, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey
England WLWLL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
Pitch and conditions
There was more grass on the surface in Cardiff than had been the case at Old Trafford and England will be keen for similar in Bristol if the weather allows.
Meanwhile, there are short, straight boundaries which can make it a challenge for spinners. It is set to be a hot, sunny afternoon.
It will be a cracker of a game with both the teams desperate to win the series.
Stats and trivia
- There have been just two previous T20Is at this ground, the most recent of which was back in 2011
- David Willey’s 1 for 18 in Cardiff was his most economical four-over spell in T20Is
- Rohit Sharma needs 14 runs for 2000 in T20Is. He would be the second India player to reach the milestone after Virat Kohli and fifth overall.
- 8 – Adil Rashid has taken 8 wickets across his last 2 appearances in Bristol for England (both ODIs); including his best-ever List A figures (5/27 v Ireland).