Date: 12th March, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM IST
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
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After India thrashed England 3-1 in the four-match Test series, the action now shifts to the first T20I of the 5-match series. The hosts will be riding high on confidence after their clinical performance in the last 3 Tests. The series will see the top two T20I sides in the world lock horns and the series will be a good opportunity for World No. 1 England to gain experience and understand the conditions better ahead of the T20 World Cup in India later this year. With so much to play for both the sides, the stage is perfectly set for a thrilling contest on Friday.
Matches: 45 | Runs: 1542 | Average: 44 | SR: 144.9 | HS: 110*
Matches: 85 | Runs: 2928 | Average: 50.5 | SR: 138.4 | HS: 94*
Matches: 74 | Runs: 1551 | Average: 29.3 | SR: 140.4 | HS: 77*
Matches: 19 | Runs: 855 | Average: 53.4 | SR: 153.9 | HS: 103*
England’s rotation policy in the Test series was highly criticized by former cricketers and experts of the game. As a result, they are likely to field a full-strength side for the limited-over matches. Jos Buttler and Jason Roy will open the batting while No.1 ranked T20I batsman Dawid Malan is set to bat at No. 3. England captain Eoin Morgan said before the match that his batsmen are well-equipped to play on flat-surfaces but they need more experience to play on turning pitches where low-scoring games take place.
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma will open the innings for India with Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer to follow. Rishabh Pant will don the gloves while Hardik Pandya will play the role of finisher. The pitch at Ahmedabad is expected to offer assistance to batsmen, but spinners will also have their say in the game. The dew will also play its part and the captain winning the toss should look to bat first. The best captain and vice-captain choices for this match will be KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy and Moeen Ali.
Probable Playing XI
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur/ Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal
Jos Buttler(WK), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan(C), Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid.
Wicket Keepers: KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Jos Buttler
Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jason Roy, Dawid Malan
All-Rounders: Ben Stokes, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Moeen Ali
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid
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