Another explosive T20 clash is expected when England take on India in Edgbaston on Saturday afternoon.
England and India meet for the third time in a week and the two sides face off in the second of a three-game T20 series.
The week began with a stunning comeback from the English side in a five-day friendly as Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root helped Ben Stokes’ side break records to secure a draw in a five-game streak that ended last summer has been postponed.
However, the tables were turned as India dominated their hosts in the first T20 meeting of the summer on Thursday night.
All eyes now turn to the second T20 international of the week on Saturday afternoon.
Where and when will the second game in the series take place?
The second game of the three-game T20 series begins on Saturday 9 July at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Who won the first match of the series?
Hardik Pandya proved an inspiration to the visitors as his half century helped them set a challenging 199 goal for England.
Hardik then showed his ball-in-hand skills as he played a leading role at 4-33 in limiting England to a relatively modest 148 and securing his side a 50-run win.
What was said about Thursday’s first game?
England captain Jos Buttler told Sky Sports: “We were outplayed. India bowled fantastically and we couldn’t get back into the game from that point on.
“For as long as I can remember, the ball has been swinging in a T20 match. We had to bang it on the stands to keep it from rocking. But thanks to India I thought they were fantastic.”
India captain Rohit Sharma understandably praised his side, saying: “A great performance from ball one. The space was good so you could sit back. At no point did we think we were trying to overtake the game. We support our fundamentals of the game very well.
“Hardik prepared wonderfully for the IPL. His bowling is something he wanted to do more of. He came in, rolled fast and got rewards for his variation.”
Who is in the England squad for the second game in the series?
It remains to be seen whether England will make any changes after Thursday night’s stunning performance.
For once, England’s normally explosive top order failed to fire as they attempted to respond to an impressive total from India.
Left-arm bowling trio Reece Topley, Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills hammered during the opening innings before reducing their opponents’ chances of scoring with superb death bowling and conceding just 20 runs in the last three overs.
It didn’t matter as the visitors secured an impressive 50-run win and gave New England captain Buttler plenty to think about ahead of Saturday’s second T20 duel.
The full-length England squad consists of: Jos Buttler (capt, wk), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Richard Gleeson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Matthew Parkinson, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, David Willey.
Who is in the Indian squad for the game?
It’s safe to say that India could stay with the side that knocked out England in Thursday night’s Ageas Bowl.
Former captain Virat Kohli returns to the squad and will also be available for Sunday’s third and final T20 international at Trent Bridge.
The full Indian squad consists of: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik
Are there tickets?
No, the ECB has confirmed that the game is sold out.
How will the weather be in Edgbaston on Saturday?
The BBC has suggested a sunny but cloudy day is expected in Edgbaston.
Temperatures are expected to peak at about 21 around the time the first innings begin, and there’s a less than 5% chance of rain.
Where is the game broadcast and when does the game start?
Sky Sports will have uninterrupted live coverage of the match on Saturday from 2pm BST before the game closes at 2.30pm.
It will be available on the dedicated Sky Cricket and Main Event channels and can be streamed via the SkyGo app.