After the rescheduled fifth Test match between England and India, the two teams will compete in a three-match T20I series followed by three ODIs. While the BCCI has named Rohit Sharma as the captain for all the six white-ball games, fresh reports suggest that the Hitman might need more time to be match ready after testing negative for COVID-19.
In any case, India have rested the rest of the senior players including Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah among others for the first T20I. The team management has decided to give a game to several of the faces who were part of the Ireland T20Is. The home team, meanwhile, will be very pleased with their performance against India especially after being on the backfoot for the initial part of the Test against the visitors.
Starting afresh under Jos Buttler the captain, the England T20I team would want to continue the same brand of cricket that has brought them a remarkable amount of success in limited-overs cricket in recent times. However, they will be up against the number 1 T20I side in the world, looking to find their own template and finalise their best combination for the T20 World Cup later this year.
Ahead of the series opener on July 7, here is a stat-based prediction of which way the game could head when they meet at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Hampshire.
1. Toss Prediction
In their last 3 T20Is, India have 2 toss wins with the Men in Blue winning both the tosses against Ireland in their last two T20Is. England, meanwhile, have lost 2 and won 1 toss in their last three fixtures- all of them against the West Indies. So based on this stat, predicting India to win this toss.
2. Win Possibility
Given that the first T20I will be played by a relatively inexperienced side, England will fancy their chances against them. Having said that, the young players will know that every outing is in effect an audition for a place on the World Cup team later this year. The overall head-to-head record is very tight with India winning 10 and England winning 9 out of the total 19 games. Predicting England to win this fixture.
3. Team of the Day
The Team of the Day is England. They have played some really good cricket with their skipper Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone among others in pretty good form. Backing the team in home conditions to come out on top in this match.
4. Powerplay Score
60.75 was India’s 6-over equivalent powerplay score (in first game vs Ireland, the powerplay was reduced to 4 overs, the same run rate has been used to take a 6-over score) in the T20Is against Ireland. England, meanwhile, scored an average of 50.5 runs in their last 2 T20Is against West Indies in the powerplay. Going by this stat, both teams could end up with more than 45 runs in the first six overs.
5. Average Score
The average score in the last 3 T20Is at this venue is 160.66. So anything over 8 runs an over turn out to be a competitive total.
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