Bengaluru, Jan 31: Team India skipper Virat Kohli will be back on his 'second home' in Bengaluru as India face England in the series deciding third Twenty20 international match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday (Feb 1).
With the series tied 1-1, both the teams will be hoping to give their best and win the match and clinch the series.
A disciplined bowling performance in the second T20I after batsmen, barring opener KL Rahul, failed to take India to a big total helped the hosts edge visitors by 5 runs in a thrilling encounter on Sunday (Jan 29).
Team India would be desperate to win the third T20I and continue skipper Virat Kohli's successful streak.
Kohli wouldn't make any major changes in the playing XI on Wednesday but considering the that he has never played with same team combination one can expect just one change unless an injury to a key player.
Here is what India's Playing XI might look like against England in Bengaluru:
1. KL Rahul
The Karnataka batsman proved his mettle in the previous game against England by scoring another brilliant fifty.
Rahul (71) was the top scorer from the side helped India reach a 144 in the set 20 overs on a tricky pitch.
The 24-year-old silenced his critics and proved skipper Kohli right with his selection. Therefore, Rahul will once again make it to the Playing XI at Bengaluru, which also happens to be his home ground.
2. Virat Kohli
India's star batsman and skipper will open the innings along with Lokesh Rahul and would hope to make it big at M Chinnaswamy, the home of Indian Premier League (IPL) side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
One of the major reasons for India's loss in the first T20 game was Kohli's departure after getting a good start. Kohli once again failed to capitalise over the good start he got in Nagpur, consequently, India ended up scoring just 144. He, thus, would be eager to do the talking with the bat this time.
3. Suresh Raina
The experienced Uttar Pradesh batsman failed to perform in Nagpur and left the team on the back foot.
The southpaw scored just 7 in the second T20 but made up with his bowling performance in the middle overs.
The part-time spinner finished his quota of 4 overs by conceding just 30 runs to push England batsmen on the back foot.
Raina will once again come in to bat for India at number 3 in Bengaluru too and fans would hope he fires this time.
4. Yuvraj Singh
The veteran cricketer made solid comeback in the ODI series but failed to replicate his performance in the first two T20Is.
The southpaw who was in menacing form against England and would be hoping to explode once again to cement his position in the squad. Yuvraj will be coming in to bat at number four again.
5. MS Dhoni
The former India skipper will come in to bat at No. 5 in the final T20I as well. He was the top scorer in the first game but failed to take hosts past 150 in Nagpur.
The Ranchi batsman would once again be required to do the finisher's job for the team and fans would hope him to explode.
Dhoni is looking more relaxed ever since he stepped down as the captain of limited overs format, earlier this month.
The most experienced T20I player in the side will keep giving his valuable suggestions from behind the stumps.
6. Rishabh Pant
The Delhi-based wicketkeeper batsman may not have got his maiden T20I cap in the first two matches but there is a high probability of him making his debut in Bengaluru.
Pant's contention at No. 6 becomes stronger with the fact that Manish Pandey, who was promoted above Dhoni in the previous game, couldn't play as expected. Team would have wanted Pandey to score quickly in Nagpur, given a deep batting line up it possesses. But Pandey failed to take the hosts to a big total.
Pant, whose career graph is only rising, earned his maiden call-up following a prolific domestic season. But has been only warming the benches so far. Thus, there is a high possibility to Pant getting his maiden T20 cap in the crucial decider.
7. Hardik Pandya
Fast bowling all-rounder from Baroda made an impact in the ODIs and lends balance to the playing eleven.
His all-round performance in the ODI rubber helped the 23-year-old get a place in the team. However, his services a bowler were not taken in the second T20I. But he will make it to the Playing XI in Bengaluru, considering his T20 exploits.
8. Amit Mishra
The most experienced leg-spinner from India made most of the opportunity he got in Nagpur. Mishra, who didn't get a chance to play in the first T20I, was almost unplayable in Nagpur.
Had he not bowled that No Ball to Ben Stokes in the previous game, India could have wrapped up England innings much before.
Thus, Mishra will definitely fit into the captain's scheme of things in Bengaluru.
9. Yuzvendra Chahal
The Haryana leg-spinner bowled well against England in Nagpur. His IPL experience at Chinnaswamy and skipper Kohli's confidence in him would once again help him feature in the Playing XI on Wednesday.
10. Jasprit Bumrah
Bumrah was India's match winner in the second T20I. His ability to bowl yorkers at will and intelligent bowling makes him a must fit.
Skipper Kohli would hope his young gun to fire in the third T20 again if he wants to win the series.
11. Ashish Nehra
The veteran India pacer was the second best performer for the side in Nagpur. Nehra will once again lead the Indian pace battery at Chinnaswamy. Nehra's skill of keeping his cool in the death overs and his huge amount of experience makes his induction in the playing XI, pretty obvious.