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Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Hales leads England to dramatic win over India

Hales leads England to dramatic win over India

In terms of rankings, a 2-0 series' lead will allow India to close the gap with second-placed Australia, while a 3-0 whitewash will help it leap to second behind top-ranked Pakistan. IND vs ENG 3rd T20I 2018 Preview: Virat Kohli and Co Look to Clinch Series in Decisive Contest.

The 2nd T20I starts at 10 pm IST on Friday. England vs India, 3rd T20 global live broadcast will be shown on the Sony Network (Sony Six and Sony Ten 3) and live streaming will be available on SonyLIV.com. At the start of what promises to be an intensely fought summer of cricket, this is now about bragging rights and carrying winning momentum into the ODI series.

The tourists therefore wrapped up the first series of their long tour with eight balls to spare as Rohit hit 11 fours and five sixes to become only the second batsman, following New Zealand's Colin Munro, to bag a third hundred in this format. They did their homework on Kuldeep and they reaped the rewards. With the series locked at 1-1, the Bristol game will be the decider.

For India, Siddarth Kaul came back into the mix in place of injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while Deepak Chahar was handed his worldwide debut at the expense of Kuldeep Yadav who was dropped. That India played spin well in both matches will also be a factor.

"They played Kuldeep really well today, and that was the difference in the middle overs this time". Pacer Umesh Yadav was the only sucessful bowling, scalping two wickets. A similar wicket to the one in Cardiff will see the all-rounder sitting out again, for the boundaries at the Gloucestershire County Club will be short once again.

India's top-order conundrum also remains a talking point for the team management ahead of the clash.

England insist Stokes has no injury worries and is fit for selection leaving Hales or Jake Ball, who made his T20I debut in Friday's last-over five-wicket win facing exclusion. Rohit Sharma is batting on 67 off just 36 balls. He's played a lot for us - he's one of our highest runscorers, a very experienced campaigner. The grapevine has it that Alex Hales could make way for Stokes.

"An innings like that makes Alex a pretty strong case for the next game".

"He comes into the squad for the next game and he is a fantastic player and it will be a hard decision to make".

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