India and England gear up for a high-octane 5-match T20I series.
Back India to emerge as the winners of this contest.
After the highly engrossing Test series between India and England, the focus will now shift to the T20Is. While India dominated the Test series comfortably, things won’t be as easy for them in the shortest format. England have become a remarkably good limited-overs side over the last few years and have emerged as a strong contender for the upcoming T20 World Cup. They have plenty of destructive match-winners in their ranks and will be a force to reckon with. India will have the edge since they are playing at home. This should hence be a cracking and nail-biting series that could go all the way down to the wire.
Team India will see a whole lot of fresh faces returning to their squad for the T20I series starting with the likes of KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, and Ishan Kishan in the batting department and Yuzvendra Chahal, Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, and Shardul Thakur in the bowling unit. Rishabh Pant has also made a return to the T20I team and this gives them plenty of options to choose from.
Captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be the main batsmen for the team. But KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya, who haven’t played in a while and are great in the format, could be the big impact-makers for the team in the bowling department. It will be interesting to see if Suryakumar Yadav or Ishan Kishan, who have been terrific in the IPL, get some chances.
With Jasprit Bumrah having been rested for the series, India would be delighted to have the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar back in the team. Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar will have a huge role to play as well as the surface is likely to assist some spin.
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar/ Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, T Natarajan
YS Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli, SN Thakur, Axar Patel
England would be looking to make amends for the 1-3 Test series loss as they gear up for the T20 challenge. This is a format they have focused a lot on in recent years and that has allowed them to grow match-winners like Jos Buttler, Jonathan Bairstow, Jason Roy, and Dawid Malan who can all be extremely destructive on their day. Eoin Morgan will once again lead the white-ball side and he will be one of the main batsmen to watch out for given his experience of playing in these conditions. All-rounder Ben Stokes could be a big game-changer down the order.
Jofra Archer, if fit, will pose the biggest threat for India from England’s bowling unit as his pace and accuracy will be crucial in the death overs. Mark Wood is a canny seamer who should do well on these pitches and Moeen Ali, who performed brilliantly as a spinner in the Test series on the same pitch, will have a huge part to play as well.
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan/ Mark Wood, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer
Chris Jordan, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, AU Rashid, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan
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|06h||30||0 mm.||1.26 k/h||From: NNW||6%|
|09h||35||0 mm.||3.8 k/h||From: W||5%|
|12h||35||0 mm.||6.02 k/h||From: WNW||2%|
|15h||29||0 mm.||3.68 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|18h||25||0 mm.||1.31 k/h||From: NW||0%|
|21h||24||0 mm.||3.01 k/h||From: NW||0%|
The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad is likely to be vastly different from the ones used in the Test series that turned square from day one. While the surface should still assist spin, especially in the latter half, it should also be good for batting. It will be interesting to see how much hardness the surface has and how quickly it slows down.
The weather at Ahmedabad will be warm and humid with the night temperatures hovering around the 22°C mark.
This will be the first T20I to be played at the newly renovated Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. Before the renovation, only one T20I match was played here – between India and Pakistan in 2012. After posting a dominant 192-5 on the board, India won the game by 11 runs. Expect another high-scoring encounter in this match.
The team winning the toss will look to bat first and put on a huge total. That’s the best way to win limited-overs matches in India.
In the last 5 T20I played between India and England, the Men in Blue have won 4 matches. They will certainly have the edge in this first game as they are the home side and know the conditions much better. They also have enough match-winners who would be itching to make an impact. However, England’s batting unit has become extremely dangerous and it runs deep. They can take any attack apart on their day and will come hard at the Indian bowlers. This will be a tightly-contested game but India might just sneak ahead because of the home advantage.
Back India to emerge as the winners of this contest.