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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 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75