After suffering a humiliating defeat against New Zealand at the WTC Final, India is taking on England on Thursday, as the Second Edition of WTC begins. Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who has not been on his best form with the matches against England for the last series will be leading the Team. Both teams are facing issues with the top order crumbling down. The middle-order had moved the game in the last series for the first edition of WTC for both teams.
Starting from today, it’s a 5-match series, with its first match will be held at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, commencing the second edition of WTC. The 2nd Ranking Indian team will face the 4th Ranking England team. Apart from the WTC points, both teams will be contending for the Pataudi Trophy.
On Day 1, a ferocious attack by the Indian side bowled out the home side for 183. Jasprit Bumrah bagged four wickets, while Mohammed Shami picked three.
India has a firm grip on the match now (21 for no loss), with Rohit Sharma batting on 9 and KL Rahul on 9.
The First Match is taking place on the Trent Bridge, Nottingham, offering a good chance for seaming condition, also the dark Duke ball used in the game gives more advantages to the seamers as the extra grip over the ball gives good swinging.
Talking about the Pitch Condition both of Team’s Hope will be on their seamers. Indian Star spinner bowler Ravichandra Aswin can do wonders with the ball in any condition as he took the most wickets ( 71 wickets) in the first edition of WTC. Englands Star Seamer James Anderson can also turn up some good twists in the game with the ball.
India’s Hope in the Game
Mayank Agarwal was ruled out from the game for the first match with England. Kohli is not in his best form with many of the recent Matches with England. It’s his chance to gain his good form to lead the team. Ajinkya Rahane will be positioned at No. 5 and the Young wicketkeeper Batsman who is explosive with his word and his bat, pressuring the England batsmen and bowlers as we saw last time.