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England vs India 2018, 2nd T20I: Hits and misses

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Cassandra Castillo | 08 July, 2018, 15:18

Alex Hales' match-winning half-century against India has given England a tough call to make if they want to make room for fit-again Ben Stokes in this weekend's series decider. A top edge off a back-of-a-length ball from Jake Ball ended Rohit's misery, handing Ball's first T20I wicket and India, their first blow.

Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli, captain of England and India respectively. And now, getting back on the 3rd T20I, it is a must-win game for both the side. Team India will be keen to register their second consecutive win when they face England at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.

Right from the start, England were better team with both bat and ball.

Morgan and Hales shared a stand of 48 before the captain fell and, after Jonny Bairstow struck two sixes in his 28, it was down to Hales to see his side home.

"In the last game, England made too many mistakes", Chalal said at the end of the match.

On Friday, the Indian team management is likely to stick to the same playing eleven, not trying to disturb the winning combination. "This time, they have taken calculated risks".

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England's top-order, in particular Jason Roy, doesn't enjoy facing spin in the powerplay overs, and India might opt for Krunal Pandya, who is proficient at bowling economical left-arm spin.

"Kuldeep bowled really well in the last game - but in this one, they played him more carefully".

The weather is very sunny and there is no chance of rain.

India had won that ODI with an all-round performance from Suresh Raina.

Dhoni turned 37 on Saturday and he celebrated his birthday with his Indian cricket teammates, with wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva also in company in England.

India vs England, 3rd T20 International Cricket Full Match Score LIVE updates: Before the ODI and Tests begin in what is a long term focus, T20Is are going all the way in trying to ascertain the victor of the series.

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