Who Will Win India vs England 1st T20?
India will begin their tour of England with a three-match T20 international series. The opening game will be played on 3rd July at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Live telecast is scheduled to commence at 5:30 PM local time.
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England have retained the entire squad from their recent one-off T20 international against Australia in addition to adding batsman Dawid Malan as replacement for the injured bowler Tom Curran who has been ruled out of the opening game with a side strain. Curran, however, is expected to get fit in time for the remaining two matches of the T20I series. Jos Buttler shone with the bat after being promoted to the opening position in the last game against Australia and the team might consider keeping him at that slot, in which case Alex Hales would have to be pushed down in the batting order.
Most of their batsmen have been in top form lately. Eoin Morgan is the leading T20I run-getter for England while Alex Hales has scored the most runs at the Old Trafford in this format after Kevin Pietersen. Jos Buttler who scored a quickfire 30-ball 61 in the last match against Australia seems to be in the best phase of his career while Jason Roy has four big knocks in his last five innings. Chris Jordan is the highest wicket-taker for England in T20Is from this squad and he is one of the key men in this bowling lineup alongside Liam Plunkett who was very impressive in the recent Australia ODI series. Adil Rashid will be the go-to man for the hosts when it comes to spin. The leg-spinner troubled the Australians and he is expected to pose a tough challenge to the Indian batsmen as well.
England have been blowing hot and cold of late in the 20-overs format with five wins and seven losses in their last twelve matches. After a disappointing Trans-Tasman tri-series in Australia and New Zealand in February where they lost three of their four fixtures, the hosts would have regained some confidence with a 28-run victory over Australia in their previous T20 international at Birmingham.
Batting is in terrific form
England batting line-up routed Australia 5-0 in the ODI series and 1-0 in the one-off T20I. From openers – Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy – to Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler, everyone was in good nick in the series and thrashed the Australian bowling line-up. Alex Hales, Joe Root, and even all-rounders such as David Willey, Moeen Ali pitched in valuable cameos. It will be England batting line-up against India’s bowling in the series.
Can they repeat the performance against India?
England have it rather easy against a depleted Australia who are still coming to terms with the loss of Steve Smith, David Warner due to ball-tampering ban. In comparison to Australia, India are much better team in limited-overs cricket and will give a tough fight to England in England. England can take India lightly at their own peril. India have the experience to thwart Morgan and his men in England.
England Predicted Playing 11
- Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan (c), Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid
India have been dealt a major blow ahead of the T20I series as Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the series with a fractured hand. The pace bowler had picked up the injury while bowling in the first T20 international against Ireland at Malahide. Deepak Chahar, owing to his impressive recent performance, has been included in the 16-man squad as a like-for-like replacement. Earlier, allrounder Washington Sundar had suffered an ankle injury in Malahide at a warm-up session and was ruled out of both the limited-overs series. The selectors have called up bowling allrounder Krunal Pandya for the T20I series as a replacement for Sundar.
Shikhar Dhawan has been in brilliant form since the IPL. The opening batsman warmed-up with a knock of 74 runs in the first T20I against Ireland and he is going to be the key man for India at the top. Virat Kohli has scored the most runs for his side in this format while Suresh Raina is coming off a fifty in the previous game. MS Dhoni does not take too much time to settle in and one can expect a few big hits from him towards the end. Among the fast bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be the main threat for the England batsmen. His ability to swing the ball both ways will test the hosts in seam-friendly conditions. Spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal who tormented the Irish batsmen will be skipper Kohli’s trump cards in the middle overs.
India have shown terrific form in the shortest format for the game in recent times; they have won eight out of the ten T20 internationals played this year and are on a six-match winning streak. They played their last T20I series against Ireland as preparation for their tour of England. It was a two-game series which India won quite comfortably with a 76-run win in the first match followed by a massive 143-run win in the second.
India all-round depth
India have been blessed with strokeplayers with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan demolishing the Irish bowling attack. Suresh Raina grabbed his chances with a fifty in the second T20I. KL Rahul too has made his case strong for selection. Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya are the in-form players who can destroy any bowling attack on their day. Manish Pandey is too in the line-up and he is yet to fire. But he too can be more than handy on his day.
Then, they have good pace attack in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul. Their wrist spinners in YS Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are also in good form, taking 13 wickets between themselves in the two T20I against Ireland.
Problem of plenty
India have the headache of who to leave out from the playing XI as all their players are in good nick and command a place in the team. KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik will be unlucky to miss out from the playing XI in the T20Is even though they are in fine form. But it’s good problem to ponder whom to leave out rather