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ENG vs IND 2nd T20I Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: England vs India, 2ndt T20I (ENG vs IND)

Date: July 9, Saturday, 7:00 PM IST

Venue: Edgbaston Cricket Ground

India and England will meet in the second T20I at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Saturday, July 9. The visitors won the opening game by 50 runs and will be high on confidence ahead of the next fixture.

The win in the first T20I largely came on the back of Hardik Pandya’s all-round heroics. Batting first, India put up 198 runs on the board, of which 51 (33) were scored by Pandya. Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Hooda also chipped in with important runs. Chasing 199 to win, the Jos Buttler led side was all out on 148. Hardik Pandya was the wrecker-in-chief with four wickets, Harshal Patel and debutant Arshdeep Singh also picked up two each. The action will now move to Edgbaston, where also recently hosted the fifth Test match between the two sides.

Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, and Jasprit Bumrah, who were rested for the opening T20I after playing the fifth Test, will join the team for the last two matches. India, unbeaten in their last five T20I series, are currently the world’s top-ranked ICC team while England are in the second spot.

Ahead of the first T20I between England and India, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for ENG vs IND, 2nd T20I

The pitch at the Edgbaston ground is batting friendly and we saw this in the fifth Test match as well. A run fest can be expected in the second T20i. A total of five T20I games have been played at Edgbaston Ground, and all five have been won batting first. The average first innings score is 169, while the average second innings score is 151. The highest and lowest total is 221 for 5 and 144 for 10.

The weather during the game will be mostly cloudy with some chance of rain. The temperature will fluctuate between 18 to 26 degrees.

England team news and predicted XI

Team news: Tymal Mills was included in the playing XI in the first T20I after recovering from an injury. Mills took the place of David Willey, who has been released to play in the T20 Blast quarter-finals for Yorkshire.

Squad: Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Richard Gleeson, Chris Jordon, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Matthew Parkinson, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, David Willey

Predicted XI: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Reece Topley, Matt Parkinson

India team news and predicted XI

Team news: India named two different squads for the series – one squad for the opening match and another squad for the remaining two matches. Rohit Sharma has cleared his Covid tests and is available to play the T20Is. Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, and Jasprit Bumrah, who were not in the squad for the first T20I, will join the team for the last two matches. 

Squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hardik Pandya, Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik.

Predicted XI:  Rohit Sharma (C), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik/Rishabh Pant (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Head to head record

India and England have met each other in 20 T20Is of which India have won 11 and England 9.  India have won four and lost one in the last five T20Is against England. 

Total games – 20

England – 9

India – 11

Last five games

England – 1

India – 4

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for ENG vs IND

Jos Buttler: wicketkeeper batsman, England

Jos Buttler, who is on his first assignment as England’s white-ball captain, has been in top form this year. He was the highest run-scorer in IPL 2022, after which he scored an unbeaten 162 and unbeaten 86 against Netherlands in an ODI series. Despite bagging a golden duck in the first T20I against India, Buttler is indispensable to your MPL team and also a good option for captaincy or vice captaincy.

Rohit Sharma: batsman, India

Rohit Sharma is back with the team after missing the fifth Test due to COVID-19. The Indian captain got a good start in the first T20I (14 off 24) but was not able to convert it. He nevertheless remains one of the most sought after players across fantasy platforms.

Hardik Pandya – all-rounder, India

Hardik Pandya has been in sensational form over the last three months and he was India’s best performer in the first T20I too. With the bat, the all-rounder scored 51 off 33 and with the ball, he picked up four wickets for 33 runs.

Suryakumar Yadav – batsman, India

Suryakumar Yadav didn’t have the best of times in the series against Ireland. He scored a duck in the first game and 15 runs in the second. But the middle order batsman returned to form against England with a 19-ball 39 which was laced with four boundaries and two maximums. In the overall 17 T20Is since his debut, Yadav has scored 405 runs at an average of 33.75 and strike rate of 170.88.

Moeen Ali – all-rounder, England

Moeen Ali was the top run scorer for England in the second T20I. He scored 36 runs off 20 balls at a strike rate of 180. He also contributed with the ball, taking two wickets in four overs while conceding only 26 runs. In all, Moeen Ali has played 51 T20Is, from which he has a batting strike rate of nearly 138 and 35 wickets.

MPL fantasy XI – ENG vs IND, 2nd T20I

ENG vs IND – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The England vs India T20I series will be televised on the Sony Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Sony Liv app. The match will begin at 7.00 PM IST on July 9.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/ 

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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