India lost the first test match against England but bounced back to win all three remaining tests and take the series. India also ended up losing the first T20 in the five match series but bounced back in the second T20 on Sunday night to square the series 1-1.
Will England be able to fight back and win the third T20 which takes place on March 16 in Ahmedabad or will India be able to once again run away with the series. If you are looking to bet on the India vs. England T20 series, you can do so at any of the below betting sites.
What India Did Right To Win Second T20
India surprised a lot of fans when they decided to rest Rohit Sharma for the first two T20 games. When both KL Rahul and S Dhawan failed in the first T20, it exposed the middle-order and a long tail too quickly.
India made some important changes in the second T20 which included bringing in Ishan Kishan to open the batting with KL Rahul and dropping Axar Patel for Suryakumar Yadav to strengthen the batting department. It was a bold move from the Indian selectors but it paid off perfectly as Ishan Kishan played a match winning innings that allowed India to coast home to victory in 17.5 overs and win by 7 wickets.
Kishan was able to play freely at the top of the order because he knew that India had a lot more depth in the batting department with this game with Suryakumar Yadav in the side. Kohli anchored the innings and remained unbeaten on 73 to see India home.
India took the chance of going in with just 4 frontline seamers and H Pandya as the 5th bowler and all of them did the job to restrict England to just 164. That score was a par score but Kishan’s match winning knock at the top of the order made the difference in the end. India will likely drop KL Rahul for the third T20 after his second failure and get R Sharma to open with Ishan Kishan.
What England Must Do To Bounce Back
England batted first in the second T20 and will be disappointed that they did not get another 15 to 20 runs on the board. One reason for that was because opener Jos Butler got out for a duck and England took a cautious approach after losing Butler. The middle-order were reluctant to go after the Indian spinners and it was one of the reasons why they lost the game.
England will most likely stick with the same squad for the third T20 but will have to come up with a better strategy to attack the Indian spinners in the middle order. Given the fact that India will probably stick with the 4 bowlers and H Pandya strategy, they must look to go after Pandya and hit him out of the attack.
England know they need to win the third T20 and bounce back or they could find India quickly running away with the series.
Betting Odds For Series Win And Third T20
If you are looking to bet on the third T20 game, England continue to be the underdogs with odds of 2.10 while India are betting favorites with odds of 1.72.
Our cricket experts think that India will use the momentum from their win in the second T20 to run away with the series. If you are looking to bet, go ahead and back India to win the third T20 and the series.