Aakash Chopra backed England’s batting lineup to come good in the second T20I against India on Saturday. He also said that Buttler would be the main man for the hosts.
Aakash Chopra believes Buttler will be the main man for England (Courtesy: Reuters)
- England was bundled out for 148 while chasing 199 in the first T20I
- Chopra feels that it will be a good contest in the second game
- The former Indian batter claims that the bowling lineup is currently England’s weak point
Former cricketer Aakash Chopra has backed England batters to come good in the second T20I against India on Saturday with special emphasis on captain Jos Buttler.
Chasing a target of 199 in the first game, the hosts were bundled out for 148 by the Indian bowling. Buttler had a tough day in the office as he was cleaned up by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for a duck.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Chopra said that he had great expectations of England’s batting in the second game and the captain would be the main man for the team.
“I have great expectations from England in the batting, that it will be explosive batting. If Jos’ bat fires, you will not win the match by 50 runs. If they get to bat first, they will score close to 200 runs and if we bat first, even if we score 200, they are capable of chasing,” said Chopra.
The former Indian batter also said that the second T20I will be more evenly matched and he expects the match to be a good contest.
“You don’t lose three wickets quickly in the powerplay every time, which happened last time. It is going to be an interesting one once again, it will be a good contest,” said Chopra.
Chopra also went on to comment about England’s bowling lineup and said it is the weak point for the hosts at the moment. However, he did heap praise on Chris Jordan who delivered a fine spell in the first game while the others struggled.
“I see their bowling to be weak and I am still not saying that their bowling has much might. They have Reece Topley, Sam Curran bowls a little, David Willey is there who didn’t play the last match, Moeen Ali and Tymal Mills are there – bowlers are alright.”
“The bowling options they have – Jordan – this is the best I have seen him bowl. I have never seen him bowl better than this because he gets hit a lot. Here he took two wickets and was very economical. Their bowling will be hit again, there is no doubt about that,” said Chopra.
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