Ahmedabad, March 15
Their confidence soaring high after a resounding series-levelling win, India would look to build on their new approach of batting freely and fearlessly when they take on England in the third T20 here tomorrow.
India were off to a horrible start in the series, suffering a demoralising eight-wicket loss in the opening match but turned the tables on England with a seven-wicket win in the second game. In stark contrast from the first match, Virat Kohli and his men excelled in all departments.
The inclusion of Ishan Kishan, who made a sparkling debut with a 32-ball 56, allowed India to go ahead with their new approach that encourages batsmen to express themselves.
The hosts will also gain confidence from Kohli’s unbeaten innings in the previous game as he took the side past the finish line, breaking a sequence of low scores.
The bowling department, which didn’t have runs to defend in the opener, did a fabulous job to restrict England to 164. The biggest positive would be Hardik Pandya bowling four overs which allowed the hosts to go with an extra batsman.
India are unlikely to tinker with the winning combination save the return of star opener Rohit Sharma who is expected to be back in the side after being rested for a couple of games.
With Kishan faring well, KL Rahul, who looked out of sorts in both the outings, is expected to make way for Rohit. — PTI