Monday, 15 October, 2018

India looks to clinch series against England

Umesh Yadav Umesh Yadav of India celebrates
Kristopher Love | 08 July, 2018, 20:38

It is perhaps the only real concern for India emanating from that first game as the enforced new-ball pairing of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav was proven ineffective at Old Trafford.

MS Dhoni added another accolade to his illustrious career by becoming the first wicket-keeper to take five catches in a T20 worldwide as India restricted England to 198/9 after a flying start from the hosts in Bristol on Sunday. Rahul pounced on Ball, striking him for a straight six, but when he tried to repeat the shot, Jordan sprinted to his right at long-on to take a diving catch that left the batsman shaking his head.

The hosts made a flying start thanks to Joss Buttler and Jason Roy, with Roy making 67 from 31 balls and England looked set for score of over 240 before Pandya applied the brakes. He was the lone performer in their team as Durham fell short by 44 runs against Yorkshire, chasing 201 runs as per reports in The Times of India (TOI). But the question Morgan will have to answer is who does he replace.

For England, Jake Ball, David Willey and Chris Jordan scalped a wicket each.

Indian captain Virat Kohli said: "They did their homework and played really well".

However, India slowly brought themselves back into the match.

Expensive over to begin with as Deepak Chahar is smashed for three boundaries by Jos Buttler.

India are already without the services of pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah for the series and therefore, the job of rattling the oppositions batting-order remains with the wrist-spinners with fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar not having made a very strong impression just yet. Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni led the fightback as India pulled things back with England looking good to go past a score of 220.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni made history in the Twenty20 worldwide against England in Bristol on Sunday becoming the first wicket-keeper to pocket five catches in a T20I. Capitalising on starts like is something we have to learn from. "India played better than us". He holds key here for India along with captain Virat Kohli.

"Certainly the plans we had, we committed to them a lot more". Instead, they might back Yuzvendra Chahal to deliver any initial spin overs, despite being taken for runs in Manchester.

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