England and India will lock horns for the first T20I of the three-match series at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Team India suffered a defeat at the hands of England in the fifth rescheduled Test which resulted in both the teams sharing the trophy as the series ended in a 2-2 draw.
Focusing on the upcoming T20I series, the addition of Rohit Sharma, who missed out on the Test due to COVID, will be a huge boost for India. Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja are set to be rested for the first T20I.
England, on the other hand, are coming into this series on the back of a series win against New Zealand followed by a Test win against India. Their last T20I series was against the West Indies, which the Windies won 3-2 by beating England by 17 runs in the last game.
Both England and India will be looking to win this series by as big a margin as possible and pick up some crucial momentum ahead of the T20I World Cup.
Match: England vs India, Thursday, 7 July 2022
Venue: The Rose Bowl (also known as the Ageas Bowl), Southampton, England
Time: 10:30 pm (IST)
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With signs of dew during night games, the Rose Bowl may prove to be a nightmarish pitch for the bowlers in this format of the game. With a belter of a wicket, I expect a high-scoring game with some great stroke-making. It’s a tough call to make, considering the batting advantage the pitch offers, but with dew being a major factor, I expect the captain winning the toss to be comfortable with chasing.
Probable playing XIs
Jos Buttler (c & wk), Jason Roy, Philip Salt, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tymal Mills, Chris Jordan, David Willey, Reece Topley
Bench: Matthew Parkinson, Harry Brook, Richard Gleeson
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Sanju Samson, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel
Bench: Rahul Tripathi, Umran Malik, Venkatesh Iyer, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Ruturaj Gaikwad
Matches played: 19
Won by England: 9
Won by India: 10
Batter to watch out for: Deepak Hooda
Deepak Hooda displayed a series of consistent performances in IPL 2022, scoring 451 runs in 14 innings at an Average of over 32 runs, which earned him a call-up to the senior national side.
Hooda was picked in the team for the Ireland tour and was marvellous in the two games he played. He was the top run-getter in the series, scoring 151 runs over the two games and bagging the Man of the Series award. He was also a part of the first T20 warm-up match against Derbyshire and displayed an impressive performance of 59 runs from 37 balls.
Hooda has performed brilliantly when given the chance, and with the absence of Shreyas Iyer in the first game, I expect him to be a part of the starting XI and play some fine strokes yet again.
Bowler to watch out for: David Willey
David Willey will be looking to cement his place in England’s ODI and T20I squads, and he will have to be at his very best against a formidable Indian team. He was impressive in the Netherlands tour and was England’s top wicket-taker with eight wickets in three games. I expect him to continue his fine form and be among the wicket-takers in the first game.
Jos Buttler (vc), Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya (c), Moeen Ali, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Reece Topley
This will be the first T20I between the two teams at the Rose Bowl. However, India will be well aware of the record they hold against England, as they have never managed to beat England in any of the five ODI games played against them at this venue. Both the teams will be hungry for a series win to pick up momentum ahead of the T20I World Cup.
England have rested the likes of Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, which may prove to be a massive blow to their chances. On the other hand, India are in great form with four back-to-back T20I wins. I predict them to take the lead in the three-match T20I series.