1st T20I India vs England Preview – Stats, Players to Watch Out, Probable XI & More

Men in Blue would be high on confidence after winning the recently-concluded Test series by 3-1 and qualifying for the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final. On the other hand, England will have a fresh squad for the limited-over series and they will aim to start their preparations for the T20I World Cup.

Swati Bhatia Editor

Updated - 11 March 2021 3:49 pm

Match Details

Date: 12 March, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM IST

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Preview

It’s time for some colorful action! After a high-octane Test series, India and England will face-off in the five-match T20I series beginning from Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Men in Blue would be high on confidence after winning the recently-concluded Test series by 3-1 and qualifying for the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final. On the other hand, England will have a fresh squad for the limited-over series and they will aim to start their preparations for the T20I World Cup, which is scheduled to be played in India later this year, with a win.

Both teams have opted for a young squad, keeping in mind the World Cup and with 5 matches to be played, we can see bit of experiment from both sides. It will be interesting to see how many of them are successful in making a cut to the final playing XI.

India is likely to open with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, which means Shikhar Dhawan might have to wait for his turn. Rishabh Pant, who is having a dream run since the Australia tour, will be back in the squad and will keep the wickets for the Men in Blue. Hardik Pandya too will find his place in the Playing XI.

Meanwhile, England will get a full-strength squad for the T20I series. Eoin Morgan will captain the side with the likes of Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Dawid Malan in the Playing XI. Chris Jordan will lead the pace attack, with Ben Stokes coming as an all-rounder and Adil Rashid as the specialist spinner. Sam Billings might get a nod ahead of Jonny Bairstow.

Head-to-Head

Matches played:  14

India Won: 7

England Won: 7

Tied: 0

No result: 0

Players to watch out:

Rishabh Pant:

Matches: 28 | Runs: 410 | Avg: 20.05

Hardik Pandya:

Matches: 43 | Runs: 388 | Avg: 18.05

Eoin Morgan:

Matches: 97 | Runs: 2278 | Avg: 30.4

Ben Stokes:

Matches: 29 | Runs: 358 | Avg: 18.8

Probable Playing XI

India:

Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

England:

Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Sam Billings, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer.

Match 38

Chennai vs Kolkata

Chennai 172/8 (20)

Chennai Super Kings won by 2 wickets

Match 39

Bangalore vs Mumbai

Bangalore 149/3 (17.2)

Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bowl

Match 38

Chennai vs Kolkata

Chennai 172/8 (20)

Chennai Super Kings won by 2 wickets

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