Can India Bounce Back In Fourth T20 On March 18 To Keep The Series Alive?
India went into the five match T20 series against England as the betting favorites and are now under the pump after losing the third T20 in Ahmedabad and going down 2-1 to England. India was outclassed in the third T20 just like they were in the first T20 and will now feel the pressure.
England on the other hand knows that they have two more chances before to win and have a very good opportunity to even win the series 4-1. However, multiple sportsbooks like Bet365 continue to back India and have them as favorites with odds of 1.80 to win the fourth T20 while England are slight underdogs at 2.00.
Our betting experts take a look at what each side must do to win the fourth T20 and give their predictions on who they think will win. If you would like to bet on the fourth T20 or any other cricket games involving India, you can do so at any of the betting sites listed below.
What India Must Do To Win Fourth T20
One of the main reasons why India did so badly in the third T20 was because they got their playing XI combination wrong. India won the second T20 with Ishan Kishan opening the innings and playing a blinder. They decided to drop Ishan Kishan to number three because R Sharma was returning to the top of the order and they wanted him to open with KL Rahul.
This was a baffling decision considering KL Rahul played poorly in the first two T20s scoring 1 and 0. The selectors should have brought back R Sharma in place of KL Rahul. Since they decided to keep KL Rahul in the squad they had to drop Suryakumar Yadav from the middle-order and it hurt them as the Indian batsman played a lot more cautiously which resulted in a total of 156 which was below par.
India needs to make the decision to drop KL Rahul for the fourth T20 and bring back Ishan Kishan to the top of the order and Suryakumar Yadav to the middle-order. However, it does not look like they are going to do this as Virat Kohli remained adamant and said that KL Rahul will continue to open the batting as he is a world class player.
If R Sharma does not fire at the top of the order and KL Rahul has another failure, it could end up costing India the fourth T20 and ultimately the series.
What England Must Do To Win
England appears to have got India’s number in this T20 game barring that one hiccup in the second T20. England will most likely stick with the same playing XI as they will not want to change a winning combination and make the same mistake that India did.
England must continue to target either one or two of the Indian bowlers like they did in the third T20. Y Chahal and S Thakur were expensive and it will be interesting to see if England go after the same bowlers or target H Pandya as well. If England bat first, they must look to get a total of 170 or more and put the pressure on India.
If England bowls first, they will once again want to dismiss KL Rahul early and get the dangerous R Sharma out quickly. India have struggled against the pace of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood and captain Eoin Morgan will continue to use his fast men to put India on the backfoot in the fourth T20.
Series Outright Winner Odds
Bookmakers now have England as the favorites to win the series with odds of 1.40 while India are underdogs with odds of 3.00.