India hold charging England to 198 in T20

Kuldeep Yadav

2nd T20I: India looks to wrap up early series win

In terms of rankings, a 2-0 series' lead will allow India to close the gap with second-placed Australia, while a 3-0 whitewash will help it leap to second behind top-ranked Pakistan.

Despite the disappointment on Friday, the visitors are still in contention for their sixth consecutive T20I series' win, which is part of an unbeaten run stretching back to September 2017.

The match will start at 1:00 PM GMT, 1:30 PM IST on July 8. England vs India, 3rd T20 worldwide live broadcast will be shown on the Sony Network (Sony Six and Sony Ten 3) and live streaming will be available on SonyLIV.com. Meanwhile, India needs 70 more runs to win from 42 balls.

Kuldeep, who had bamboozled England batsmen in the series-opener and returned a five-wicket haul, remained wicket-less in second match. "They chose which delivery they wanted to play or not play".

A three-match one-day series starts on Thursday at Trent Bridge, before the first of five Tests gets under way on 1 August. Buttler was out for 34 but Roy kept blasting away making the most of the short boundaries at the County Ground.

But for the hosts, they have had massive headaches with Kuldeep Yadav. "It changed the momentum in the middle overs and that was the difference". India is playing only one spinner - Yuzvendra Chahal - in the third T20 global against England. Pacer Umesh Yadav was the only sucessful bowling, scalping two wickets.

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India's top-order conundrum also remains a talking point for the team management ahead of the clash. Rohit Sharma is batting on 67 off just 36 balls.

He dismissed Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, the returning Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow to pick up his best figures in any T20 cricket and after conceding 22 off his first over.

"He (Ben Stokes) comes into the squad for the next game and he is a fantastic player and it will be a hard decision to make".

"We had quite a lot of confidence in Hales", Morgan said.

While Alex Hales took England over the line in what turned out to be a last over thriller, let us take a look at the hits and misses of the game. An innings like that gives him a pretty strong case for the next game.

"We've made calls like this in the past, but we hope we'll make it for the betterment of the team - and put out our strongest XI".

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