England were robbed in the second T20 match of their 3-Match T20 Series with India, as were blog-followers who should have been celebrating a second England victory, and an outright Top England Batsman winner in Joe Root. Meanwhile, to add insult to injury, controversial umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin will again be making the decisions from one-end in Wednesday’s decider, which starts at 1.30.
Shamshuddin handed England a double blow on Sunday. Firstly, he failed to raise his finger when Chris Jordan trapped India’s Captain Viktor Kohli lbw during India’s innings. That paled into insignificance though compared to his appalling decision to give Joe Root lbw after England’s number three had clearly got a big inside-edge on the ball prior to it hitting his pads.
However, on the plus side, the injustices from the last game can only act as further motivation for England to win the series.
The gulf in class between India and England in the Test Match and ODI Series has long been forgotten, and I’m still firmly of the opinion that England have the greater strength in depth when it comes to T20 Matches – though they do have to stop their tendency of letting one of the Indian Batsmen stick around for too long.
Rahul’s 71 in 47-balls was too big a chunk of India’s total of 144-8 in the second match, and England will need to make sure that sort of innings doesn’t happen again. Meanwhile, Captain Kohli remains a danger, though he doe seem less-suited to opening the batting than he does batting further down the order in the other forms of cricket.
One or other of the England openers could also do with sticking around a little longer but, even if they don’t, England have three genuine match-winning T20 Batsmen in Root, Morgan and Stokes coming in at 3, 4 and 5, and they’ve scored nearly 200 of England’s 290 runs so far in the first two matches.
Meanwhile, Moeen Ali has really showed his class with the ball in the first two matches, keeping his run-rate at around 5 an over, whilst Chris Jordan’s 3 for 22 in the second match was also an excellent effort – and England are expected to win.
England To Win @ 21/20 – Bet With Black Type
Meanwhile, if England are to win the final match, it’s highly-likely that either Root or Morgan are going to have play a winning innings – and I’m happy to get both on side at respective odds of 10/3 and 11/2 in the Top England Batsman Market.
Root Top England Batsmen @ 13/8 BetVictor
Morgan Top England Batsman @ 9/4 BetVictor