England Cricket Team had won the toss and elected to bowl at Adelaide Oval. England was forced to make two changes as Philip Salt and Chris Jordan came into the team in the place of injured Dawid Malan & Mark Wood. India on the other hand surprisingly left out Dinesh Karthik and picked Rishabh Pant.
India had a decent power-play where they scored 38 runs for the loss of 1 wicket. Scoring was not that easy as England’s bowlers were quite spot-on in their line and length. The Men in Blue were in deep trouble when they lost 3 wickets for 75 runs in 11,2 overs and it looked like they would manage a score of around 150 runs.
Watch – Hardik Pandya Hit Wicket Out
The dashing all-rounder, Hardik Pandya stitched an invaluable partnership with Virat Kohli of 61 runs. The duo made sure that India posted a formidable total on the board. Before the start of the 20th over, Hardik Pandya reached his half-century and was quite ruthless in his approach. Jordan was bowling the 20th over and was quite spot on with his line and length but on the 4th and 5th bowl he was smashed by Pandya. On the 6th ball, Jordan bowled a short ball but Pandya was way behind the crease otherwise India would have posted a target of 173 runs.
Great Contest on Cards
Chasing 169 would be difficult for England as there’s a lot of assistance for the spinners. Once again the key batter would be Jos Buttler as the skipper will have to make sure that he makes the most of the power-play overs. India would be banking on Bhuvneshwar Kumar to get the early breakthroughs as he as has a good record against England.
Skipper Rohit Sharma would be tested as this is his maiden stint in a knock-out match at the ICC event. There are chances that India may use Axar Patel in the power-play overs as he has the knack of picking up wickets. It won’t be wrong to say that the power-play would most likely decide the fate of the match just like Pakistan vs New Zealand match.