Ind-Eng 1st T20: Kohli and Co. Takes on England in the 1st T20 at Narendra Modi Stadium; Preview

Ind-Eng 1st T20: Kohli and Co. Takes on England in the 1st T20 at Narendra Modi Stadium; Preview

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After a historical and crucial Test series India and England are set to kick start 5 matches T20 series at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. First of the five matches will be take place tomorrow, March 12, at 7:00 PM IST.

With the coming T20 ICC world cup in India the series will play important role and clears many things for one of the best sides in world in T20 format. Although India are missing Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah, they still have a very strong squad while England are more or less at full-strength.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the series will be how both bowling attacks cope against two power packed batting line-ups. India’s bowling absentees weaken them significantly although the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been recalled to the squad after a run of injuries. He has not played for India since December 2019 but, as the most experienced seamer in the squad, could lead the pace attack.

England’s bowling attack generally remains an inconsistent area of the team. Jofra Archer is set to be fit for the series after an elbow injury ruled him out of two of the Test matches. It is a significant boost for Morgan’s team given Archer has the skills to bowl in any phase of the game, including with the new ball and at the death. After missing out on the final XI in South Africa, where England played Adil Rashid as the sole spinner, Moeen Ali should be returned to the team as well, providing England with greater balance.

Predicted Playing XI:

England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid

India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer/Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur/Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini/Axar Patel

Full Squads:

England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Sam Billings, Reece Topley, Mark Wood, Tom Curran, Liam Livingstone

India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul(w), Virat Kohli(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Axar Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Deepak Chahar, Shreyas Iyer, Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar


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