After tasting an unfortunate defeat in the first T20 international against England on January 26 at Kanpur, team India will be pulling its socks up at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur. Moreover, skipper Kohli would definitely not like to face the blot of ‘series-defeat’ against the English opponents in the first ever T20 series under his leadership. The live cricket streaming of the match is available on Hotstar, while the live telecast of the match is available on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD, along with Hindi commentary on Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD.
Earlier on January 26, the ball fell to the English court as Eoin Morgan and company thrashed India by 7 wickets in the first of the three-match Twenty20 International. The entire Indian batting line-up went on knees before the English bowling attack, especially the duo of Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan who conceded less than seven runs in an over.
The bowling side also had failed to bowl to notch up the match and could be on the winning side. However, Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers for picking up two wickets. Parvez Rasool, who made his T20 debut, was the another successful bowler for claiming 1 wicket.
Now, today in Nagpur, it is expected that the Indian spin attack will again continue with the Chahal-Rasool pair but skipper Kohli may install off-spinner Amit Mishra after replacing either of the two, played in the last game. On the other hand, Veteran bowler Ashish Nehra gave almost more than 10 an over in the Kanpur game and it remains to be seen if India will continue to bank on his experience or bring in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who performed well in the ODIs.
Meanwhile, Kohli might continue with his batting position until Rohit Sharma returns and would open today as well with KL Rahul. Also, in the last game, Suresh Raina did remarkably well hence, there are no confusions with the number 3 slot in the batting order and Manish Pandey is unlikely to be slotted in the top-order.
On January 28, the Indian players were spotted spending time at the nets and trying to put their performance to another level so as not to lose their grip from the ongoing series.
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 28, 2017
While the English side, who are leading the series already, would be looking to take the series far away from the Indian hands and not to return home empty-handed. The guest might not make any change in the squad. In that condition, Sam Billings will again get an opportunity to impress at the top of the order with Jason Roy and the batting order looks in fine fettle. Jordan and Mills will certainly keep their places which mean Chris Woakes and Jake Ball will again sit out.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Yuvraj Singh, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Mandeep Singh, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Parvez Rasool, Yuzvendra Chahal, Amit Mishra, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra
England: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey.