England won the toss and decided to field first in the second T20 International against India at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.
Here is what the captains said:
“We are going to bowl. Yeah we do. The wicket looks good. The weather has been good. We have one change: Jake Ball comes in. The combination of both, obviously India are strong against spin. So we have gone for seam versus spin. It is a good situation to be win, the pressure to get results.”
“We would have bowled first as well. It will not change over 40 overs and that is the positive I take. When you have a young side, they are fearless, enjoying the country. That will challenge their character as well. The side boundaries will help them.It does not matter these things, when they happen and how they happen.”
Contrary to the popular speculations, the first T20I was mostly an one-sided affair. Barring the first five overs when England had raced away to 50, the in-form hosts were thoroughly outplayed by the visitors. Asked to bat first, England could only manage only 159 for 8. Kuldeep Yadav was the star with the ball, picking 5 for 24 to blow away the hosts.
In reply, India chased down the total with 10 balls to spare. KL Rahul starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 101 to anchor the chase brilliantly.
With the series now on the line, England would be looking to bounce back. On the other hand, India will be keen to wrap up the series tonight itself as the momentum is on their side. With so much at stake, the upcoming game is set to be a thrilling contest.
Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jonny Bairstow, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Jake Ball
Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal