The highly competitive 5-match T20I series between India and England hangs in balance with the decider of the five-match T20I series to be played on March 20 in Ahmedabad.
India didn’t look frustrated to win the toss only once in 4 games of the five-match series. The last game proved that the team needs to put it all together to win the game. Toss remains a secondary factor in the game. The hosts will be looking to improve with the bat at the top of the order regardless of the coin toss. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul’s form is under the scanner and in a must-win encounter, India is unlikely to change with their proven star openers. India is not expected to make any tweaks to the line-up as the bowling unit will probably remain the same unless they decide to rotate their pace bowlers with Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, and Thangarasu Natarajan waiting in the wings.
Just as the hosts did in game four of this series, England bounced back in style in the fifth match following a mauling by handily beating India last time out so they will be motivated to seal the series at the second attempt of asking here.
Winning the coin toss certainly gave a boost to Eoin Morgan’s men and they will be aiming to chase once again but if they are put in to bat, England would want a better and bolder performance from his batsmen to put a minimum of 170+ on the board. Bowlers have been doing a fantastic job for the visitors it’s all to count on the batsman to seal the series off.
Toss to Boss the last T20I
Barring the last game when India won defending, there is a clear advantage to the side chasing and unless one of the teams can really make a strong start when batting first, that will likely continue. There almost seems to be a psychological issue among both teams and resignation when batting first, with the hosts especially struggling at the top of the order. Of either side, it is England who looks the more capable of posting a big enough total to defend but they their lower middle order has been a disappointment. Their key players like Dawid Malan and Eoin Morgan have failed with the bat on most occasions. There’s also a question over the position of Sam Curran who’s neither completing his 4 overs nor he’s getting time with the bat.
There are marginally more factors in England’s favour based on form and the lack of fans in the stadium, but the preference still has to go to the team batting second. Dew will play a massive factor but in a series decider, scoreboard pressure will definitely play with the minds of the chasing team.
England beat India in the first match by 8 wickets. In the second match, team India bounced back and defeated England by 7 wickets with the help of half-centuries from Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan. In the third game, England once again defeated India by 8 wickets and in the fourth match, India won by 8 runs in a nail-biting finish.
Stats ( IND vs ENG)
Head to Head
- ENG – 9
- IND – 9
- Jason Roy completed his 1000 T20I runs in the fourth T20I.
- Washington Sundar conceded in excess of 50 for the first time in his T20I career in the last game.
The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium is a balanced one where both batsmen and bowlers get something. According to the recent matches on this ground, batting will be easier in the second innings with few coming settling in.
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul/Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Chahar/Yuzvendra Chahal.
England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran/Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Dream 11 Prediction (IND vs ENG)
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