The Indian team won the first T20 match against England after putting up a clinical performance resulting in an Indian win by 5 wickets. India will be eager to win the second T20 match scheduled for 22 December 2013 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday, which would help them win the T20 series as well.
BUT THE English team, though inexperienced, will not give up without a fight. In the first T20 it was just that the Indian team played better out of the two, else their batting effort of 157 runs in 20 overs was a decent total, provided their bowlers were up to the mark. Expect the English players to come out all guns blazing when they face the Indians today. They may not be able to win the series, but can at least draw the series, which would be their prime objective now.
England needs its top four batsmen, M. Lumb, A. Hales, L. Wright, and A. Morgan to come up with good performances with their bat and it could make a big difference in the match. But, one of their major problems is the absence of a quality bowler, which the Indian batsmen capitalised in the first T20. A repeat performance by their bowlers can only make the trophy route easier for India.
Indians on the other hand would be in no mood to give them even a glimpse of a chance after their embarrassing loss to England in the Test series. If India manages to win the series, there are chances that their Test series loss might be forgotten by media and fans alike, who believe in the present performance. For India to come good, players like Yuvraj Singh, who was the Man of the Match in the first T20 along with MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, and Ravichandra Ashwin hold the key for the series results.
A series victory here could be a confidence booster to the Indian side, who are scheduled to play a series against Pakistan in the upcoming week for three ODIs and two T20 matches.