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Chahal and Kuldeep under Pressure in Final T20I Game

Chahal and Kuldeep under Pressure in Final T20I Game

Both the wrist spinners of India, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, were taken for runs and were rendered ineffective in the previous match where England won and levelled the series.

Cricket news: Chahal and Kuldeep to fight back against resurgent England

The spin duo will now have to face a tougher challenge against a ‘well-prepared’ England team when they both clash in the series-decider match on Sunday at Bristol.

It will be the first real challenge for the duo as no other team in the likes of Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa have picked them up as quickly as England has done.

After Kuldeep’s sensational five-wicket haul in the first match, he returned wicket-less in the second game. Even Chahal could not trouble the opponents and went for many runs.

India missed Jasprit Bumrah’s death bowling in the previous match where England hit three sixes. Umesh Yadav, who has replaced Bumrah, has picked four wickets in two matches but has also went for plenty of runs.

Despite the previous loss, India can still win their consecutive sixth T20I series win, the last defeat came against West Indies in July 2017, which was a one-off match. A series loss, containing more than one game, also came against West Indies at Florida in August 2016.

In between these two losses, they had beaten England 2-1 in January 2017, coming from 1-0 down to win the series, thanks to Chahal’s career-best 6-25 in the deciding game at Bengaluru.

The hosts prepared well against Kuldeep and a change in batting order also worked for them. Joe Root was sent up at number four, though it did not help him, but it helped Alex Hales to build important partnerships.

Hales came as a substitute for injured Ben Stokes, but now as Stokes is fit, he could replace the struggling Root. With Stokes in the scenario, England will get another seam-bowling option.

This could trouble the Indians as Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina and Captain Virat Kohli, all have struggled against short-pitch deliveries in the previous game.

Victory in the previous match would have led to experiment with the reserves as the likes of Manish Pandey, Siddarth Kaul, Krunal Pandya and Deepak Chahar are waiting on the bench.

But now everything is at stake and both the teams will love to win the series as this would boost up the confidence and add an extra bit of momentum to carry into the ODI series.

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77