By News Team
Last Updated: 17th March 2021
With a dominant display in Tuesday’s third T20, putting the series score at 2-1 in England’s favour, captain Eoin Morgan will hope they can carry on their power play dominance against India and record a series victory in Thursday’s fourth game.
Both England and India are priced at 11/10 to win the game, with all signs pointing to a thriller.
Morgan celebrates century with a win and wants more
Eoin Morgan became the first England player to receive 100 T20 caps in the third game against India. He became England’s white-ball captain in 2015, just two months before the World Cup, and during his tenure the England side have reinvented themselves as a dynamic and forceful team. Morgan will be hopeful that the way in which his men have played in this series will be a sign of things to come as they head into the T20 World Cup in India later this year.
During the third game, England once again dominated the power play overs, leaving the hosts at 24-3 after six overs. Just like the first game this proved to be a critical part of England’s plans against what is a tough Indian side. Further still, by the 15th over England had applied the pressure and left India at 87-5, yet the hosts were still able to put a competitive 156 runs on the board with the defiance of Virat Kohli, who hit a thrilling 77 from 46 balls.
While it’s understandable that a player of Kohli’s quality and mindset is able to do this, England and Morgan will certainly look to control the star player in the fourth and fifth games. With one eye on the World Cup this year, it could be a key area of improvement for the number one ranked side, as they will be coming up against the most feared batsmen in the world in their fight for the trophy. The Indian captain is rather unsurprisingly favourite to lead the hosts’ run charge once again in the fourth game and is 5/2 to do so.
While Kohli’s innings were mightily impressive given the circumstances, Jos Buttler’s knock was deemed man of the match worthy after hitting 83 from 52 balls. The wicketkeeper batsman muscled his way through two key partnerships with Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow, worth 68 and 77 respectively. Like Kohli, Buttler is again, unsurprisingly, favourite to continue the form he showed in the last game and a 5/2 chance to lead England’s run total. Both players, Kohli and Buttler, to score a fifty for their sides is also an option at 19/2.
England pace attack to be feared
England’s fast bowling unit is as feared as it’s ever been and England will be hopeful that stepping into the fourth game they can pick up where they left off. While Jofra Archer uncharacteristically went wicketless in the last game, Mark Wood was able to lead the pacemen from the front and picked up three well earned, and deserved, wickets.
Archer, who is one of the most feared white-ball bowlers in the world, will want to improve on this and although he is a mainstay of this current England side, he will not want to put any selection issues in the selectors’ minds. He is the joint 11/4 favourite with Adil Rashid to be England’s biggest danger with the ball, while Wood is 7/2 to repeat his performance.
England will certainly want to get this series tied up in the fourth game and then look to experiment in the final game of the series, which Morgan will believe can further enhance the visitors’ chances later in the year at the World Cup. England will be as ruthless in the power play overs as they have been throughout the series, but it can be expected that India, as ever, will not go down without a fight – particularly when they are led by Kohli who doesn’t know what it means to give up without a fight. But if Morgan has shown anything in his 100 T20 appearances, it’s that he doesn’t know what that means either.