Match Preview – India vs England, England tour of India 2020/21, 2nd T20I

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The emphatic style of England’s victory in the first match is what resonates most and India need to find a rapid response. That the hosts never recovered from 22 for 3 – their second-lowest powerplay score in T20Is – was key. It left them with an indefensible total of just 124 for 7, England’s top order mowing down the paltry target with ease.

Having put their faith in an aggressive batting strategy, it falls to India’s batsmen to remedy the situation. Yes, Shreyas Iyer top-scored with 67 but failures at the top of the order and an extended tail meant the plan didn’t come off this time. By contrast, everything England tried worked first time, from opening the bowling with sole spinner Adil Rashid to pummelling India with pace and bounce via Jofra Archer, Mark Wood and Chris Jordan. Then the 72-run stand between Jos Buttler and Jason Roy, whose 49 saw him pass 20 for the first time in five T20I innings, broke the back of the chase. It meant that India’s selection of three spinners in contrast to England’s one became a moot point.