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Twenty 20 - Cricket: England vs India third T20 preview

England go into Sunday's T20 international with India looking to avoid a whitewash, having been comfortably beaten in the first two matches.

It hasn't been the best start to Jos Buttler's reign as white-ball captain and the hosts will need to improve massively if they are to avoid a 3-0 series defeat.

England lost the first game at the Ageas Bowl by 50 runs, before slipping to a 49-run defeat at Edgbaston and on both occasions they have failed to chase the target set.

What:

England v India 2nd T20 international

Where:

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

When:

Sunday, 10th July - 14:30

How to watch:

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket

Odds:

England 11/10, India 8/11

Livingstone could hold the key for England

England's top order has badly misfired in the opening two matches, with the opening three batsman scoring 25 and 23 runs between them in the series so far.

After a sensational spell in this year's IPL, new skipper Buttler has scored just four runs across the first two matches – the same total as opening partner Jason Roy.

It looks likely that if England are going to win at Trent Bridge, their middle order will have to deliver significant runs and the man who could prove crucial is Liam Livingstone.

The Lancastrian smashed a century in England's last T20 international in Nottingham, firing 103 off just 43 balls. Despite that knock, the hosts still lost to Pakistan by 31 runs in July last year.

Livingstone has exactly 300 runs from 19 T20 internationals, at an average 21.42 and got a start at Edgbaston after collecting 15 runs from three balls – he now needs to build on that against the top-ranked team in the world.

Yorkshire's Harry Brook is another who has been outstanding for his county this season and now is the time to prove his international credentials - he has played three T20 matches for England and his average is just 15.33.

Bhuvneshwar showing his class

Just one Indian bowler is in the top-20 of the T20 bowling rankings and that man had a key role to play in the tourists' win in Birmingham.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 3-15 in three overs at Edgbaston, taking the scalps of both Roy and Buttler, who he also removed for a duck in the opening match in Southampton.

The 32-year-old now has 70 international T20 wickets to his name in 68 matches and 2022 has been his best year to date, with 17 scalps taken during the last seven months.

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It has been India's middle-order that has proved the difference with the bat, with the tourists making 198 and 170 in the first two matches.

Batting at six, Ravindra Jadeja scored an unbeaten 46 on Saturday while Hardik Pandya made 51 off 33 balls in match one at the Ageas Bowl.

The opening six overs have also proved crucial in the first two matches of the series, with India scoring 66 and 61 runs in the mandatory powerplay, whilst England made just 36 and 32.

Runs the order of the day at Trent Bridge

India have now won six international T20s on the spin, as they cement their place at the top of the world rankings ahead of the World T20 tournament in Australia later this year.

The tourists have scored 165+ runs in five of those six matches and another high-scoring affair looks likely at Trent Bridge on Sunday, when considering the recent stats.

In the last two T20 internationals at the venue, both teams have scored 170+ runs – England beating West Indies by seven wickets in 2012, with the two sides scoring 173 and 172.

Then last summer, there was a run-fest when England and Pakistan went head-to-head. Pakistan made 232-6 in their 20 overs, with England falling 31 runs short in their chase as they were bowled out for 201.

Trent Bridge has not been a happy hunting ground in recent times for England, who have lost two of their last three T20 international games in Nottingham.

India also suffered defeat in their last 20-over clash at the ground, losing to South Africa by 12 runs during the 2009 World T20 tournament.

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