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India vs England, 1st T20 Match Highlights: The first T20 match between India and England will be played in Southampton on Thursday. The match will start at 10.30 pm.
India will leave the path of experimentation with the intention of reaching their best playing XI for the World Cup during the three T20 match series against England (India vs England, 1st T20 Match) starting on Thursday. Captain out of fifth Test in Birmingham due to being found Kovid-19 positive Rohit Sharma is expected to play in the first match. Players included in the Test team against England, including Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will join the team from the second T20 match. In his absence, players like Rituraj Gaikwad and Sanju Samson will get another chance to prove themselves and will look to cement their claim as probables for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia.
Eyes will be on Deepak Hooda
Gaikwad could not open the innings with Ishan Kishan in the two matches against Ireland due to a minor injury and may have to sit out again if Rohit returns. Kishan has impressed in the opportunities he has got and will look to cement his claim as the team’s reserve opener by playing good innings against a strong England side. Kohli is expected to bat at number three from the second match and in such a situation, Deepak Hooda will try to prove his worth by playing another match-winning innings. With an unbeaten 47 against Ireland and a century, Hooda has certainly impressed the team management. Rahul Tripathi and Arshdeep Singh, who are awaiting their debuts, have not been included in the squad for the second and third T20Is and their chances of getting a chance to play in the first match are slim.
Suryakumar must come in rhythm
Suryakumar Yadav, who made a comeback against Ireland after an injury, could not find his rhythm in Malahide and will be hoping to play some fine innings against England. He and Hooda played well in the warm-up match against Derbyshire last week. Fast bowler Umran Malik will be full of confidence after defending 17 runs in the last over in the big-scoring second T20I against Ireland. However, he needs to make his bowling more precise. Against the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel, Ireland’s batsmen had scored a lot of runs and they will have to give their best to stop a strong team like England. Yuzvendra Chahal is expected to replace Ravi Bishnoi in the playing XI.
Why is England T20 series important for India?
India has to play about 15 T20 matches before the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia. Apart from three matches in the current series, the team will play five matches against West Indies from July 29 to August 7 and about five matches in the Asia Cup in August-September. India also has to play three T20Is against Australia in September. With the series against England, India will begin the process of identifying their best playing XI for the prestigious tournament.
England team is dangerous
For England, this series will be the beginning of the era of Jos Buttler, who has been made the captain of the ODI-T20 team after the retirement of Eoin Morgan. Ben Stokes and the hero of the fifth Test against India Jonny Bairstow have been rested from the series. England, however, have the capable batsmen to destroy the opposing team’s bowling attack. Butler and Liam Livingston were in excellent form during the Indian Premier League and would like to carry on the same form.
England Squad: Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Harry Brooke, Sam Curran, Richard Gleason, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, David Malan, Tymal Mills, Matthew Parkinson, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, David Willey.
India’s Probable Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal.