Date: March 18, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM IST
Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
India and England face each other in the fourth T20I of the five-match series on Thursday. The guests will be high on confidence as they have already won two of the first three games. They just need one more to seal the series. India, meanwhile, need to play out of their skin to win the remaining two games to upset England or at least win the upcoming encounter to save the final game from being a dead rubber. So far, the Three Lions have definitely been the favourites, thanks to their disciplined bowling and dominant batting effort. Though India did manage to win the second game by a huge margin of 9 wickets, they are England, who have performed better on most of the occasions in the series.
For India, things are just not falling into place, they have so far tried three opening combinations in three games and are still in search of a stable opening pair. More than the form of the players and the unnecessary rotation enforced by the selection panel at the top order, it is the bowling from England that is making life tough for the Indian batting unit. However, batsman Virat Kohli has been the silver lining for them with the scores of 73* and 77* in the past two games. Shardul Thakur has been unimpressive so far and he might make way for Navdeep Saini. Rest of India’s squad is likely to stay the same.
Openers Jos Buttler and Jason Roy have been in terrific form. In the bowling department, Mark Wood has been in sensational touch, showcasing a perfect example of what sheer pace means in cricketing terms. Meanwhile, Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid have helped his cause quite well by choking the Indian batsman for runs. And it is certainly the first six overs where India are losing the game.
Team England have ticked all the boxes, be it their fielding, bowling or batting. They are more likely to remain unchanged in the upcoming game.
Head to head in last 5 T20Is
Players to watch out for:
Matches: 3 | Runs: 150 | Avg: 150 | HS: 77*
Matches: 3 | Runs: 111 | Avg: 55.50 | HS: 83*
Matches: 2 | Wickets: 4 | ER: 6.37 | Best: 3/31
Matches: 3 | Wickets: 4 | ER: 6.95 | Best: 2/29
Probable Playing XI
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur/ Navdeep Saini, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal
Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood