Steven Smith has won the toss, Supergiant will bowl . Smith has a big laugh when asked how different this pitch as compared to what he faced here a month ago. The pitch has a good covering of grass. “Radically different from the one we saw in the Test,” says Sunil Gavaskar. There should be some pace and bounce.
Not sure of the XIs just yet, but what we definitely know is the New Zealand pair of Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan are in for Mumbai Indians.
Dez: “Shashank, what do you think of the option of Buttler opening for MI? His best T20I score was achieved as an opener, and the more balls someone of his destructive ability faces the better surely? P.S – As an England fan, ilove the stat in your preview that Stokes has never bowled in a T20 to Buttler.” – A definite option upfront. That will give them an extra bowling option. If he isn’t injured and is willing to keep, perhaps they’re better off exercising that option. And the Stokes stat is the discovery of my colleague Karthik Krishnaswamy.
Meanwhile, Sidharth has solved a big question. “I made a bone-headed decision of picking Tahir in my fantasy team. Hope it doesn’t backfire.” Sit and pray he’s picked, mate. The toss is coming up very soon