The action shifts to the shortest format of the game as India vs England 5-match T20I series starting on Friday, March 12. All 5 T20Is will be played at the same Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad.
India won the recently-concluded Test series by 3-1 and secured qualification for the finals of the WTC 2021 against New Zealand.
Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Tewatia and Varun Chakravarthy have all received call-ups to India’s T20I squad, although Rahul Tewatia and two are unlikely due to fitness test not Qualified. Left-arm seamer T Natarajan is also likely to miss out on this match due to a shoulder injury.
England will field a full-strength side for the limited-overs matches after some rotation police during the Test series that receive mixed opinions from players.
England should field a strong side for the first T20I against India. Jos Buttler and Jason Roy should open the batting, with No.1-ranked T20I batsman Dawid Malan set to bat at No. 3. Jonny Bairstow is not able to score in the Test series might see Sam Billings take his place in the side.
Date: March 12, 2021 (Friday).
Time: 07:00 PM (IST), 01:30 PM (GMT).
Venue: Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, Ahmedabad, India.
It should be hot in Ahmedabad on the day of the match with an expected temperature of around 35°C. No rain interruptions are expected during the match.
The wicket at Ahmedabad should be good to bat on, while also offering some assistance to the spinners. With not much dew expected, captains should bat first after winning the toss.
India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur/ Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
England: Jos Buttler(WK), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan(C), Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, and Adil Rashid.
Prediction: India to Win this match
TV and live streaming details
TV: Star Sports Network.
Live Streaming: Disney+ Hotstar VIP.