England’s tour of India concludes on Wednesday with the T20 series decide in Bangalore with the series currently tied 1-1.
In the second match at Bagpur as in the first T20, England’s attack put in an intelligent performance to prevent India from reaching 150. Moeen did not concede a boundary during an immaculate four-over spell (Moeen has 3-41 from eight overs in this series. He’s only gone for one boundary.), and Jordan removed Rahul, as well as the twin pillars of Kohli and MS Dhoni, to finish with 3 for 22. His final over, during which there were two run-outs, cost just five runs and India were restricted to 144.
This was a slow surface, a traditional attritional Indian wicket and England too found run-scoring hard. Of the 10 T20Is previously played at the VCA Stadium, only three had been won by the chasing side. With Root and Ben Stokes well-set and 32 required off the last four overs India broke through via Ashish Nehra. Bumrah then conceded three runs off the 18th over, as his slower ball proved almost impossible to hit. Nehra’s final over was taken for 16, Buttler just clearing Virat Kohli’s jump at long-on for a six that brought England’s requirement down to eight from six balls, before Bumrah bowled the match winning over conceding just two runs and taking two wickets to secure India victory.
The series decider is on Wednesday in Bangalore, home of RCB in the IPL and Virat Kohli’s home ground. A compact ground it is normally a high scoring venue and this should be a game with more runs than the first two T20s of the series.
It should be very close. As we have seen in both of the game so far England match up well across all disciplines with the hosts. They bat deep and aggressively, have been bowling well and a young side has a number of strong fielders. There is very little between the two sides though if the pitch is as benign as Bangalore is for IPL games there is likely to be an advantage batting second and chasing a total
Odds for the game have India favourites, as for the two previous games. India are best priced 4/5 (Bet365) and England 11/10 (William Hill). Once more the marginal value is with backing England at odds against.