Bristol, Hosts England winning the last match at Cardiff by 5 wickets on Friday have levelled the Twenty20 series at 1-1 in the three-match series against India, the tourists will be looking to win here on Sunday in the decider match and capture the series under their belt.
England thrashed India by 5 wickets in the last match and have levelled the series 1-1.However, the last match on Sunday will be a decider for both the teams.
India scored 148/5 in the last match at Cardiff, but in reply England emerged victorious with two balls remaining.Skipper Virat Kohli held the batsman responsible for their defeat against the hosts in the previous match and felt that they were short of 10-15 runs.
However, openers Rohit Sharma an Shikhar Dhawan who had failed to fire in the first match had added only seven runs for their first wicket partnership and in the second match also the duo performed below their par.
Kohli also admitted that losing three wickets in quick succession is a difficult task for other batsman to recover, and in the decider match the batsman need to pull up their socks.
One day before the Cardiff match wicket-keeper batsman Ms Dhoni who turned 37 celebrated his birthday and scored 32 off 24 balls (unbeaten) hitting 5 fours taking his team to a fighting total.Skipper Virat Kohli 47 and all-rounder Suresh Raina’s 27 helped India towards a respectable score.
However in order to capture the series, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will have to bat cautiously and keep their wickets intact.KL Rahul brilliant who scored brilliant century in the first match failed to perform in the second match just adding 6 runs.
Meanwhile, England who were troubled by Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav in the first match, but at Cardiff the hosts did their homework well and played cautiously. Kuldeep failed to take wickets giving away 34 runs.Pace bowler Umesh Yadav took two wickets, while Bhuvaneshwar Kumar claimed one wicket.
For England, it will be lower order batsman Alex Hales who remained unbeaten 58, Bairstow, opening pair Roy, Buttler and Eoin Morgan are the main part of the batting line-up.While in bowling department focus will be on Adil Rashid, David Willey and Plunkett.