England vs India, 1st T20I: Match Prediction


Bumrah fractured his thumb during India's first of two T20 matches against Ireland last week, and was ruled out of the upcoming England series.Sundar suffered an injury to his right ankle during a training session in Dublin. It is a great time to play cricket there.

"I am not surprised with the way Jos has played", he said.

"We expect England to come hard at us but we certainly want to play positive and hard-fought cricket, so it's going to be an exciting series for sure", said Kohli.

That supremacy was epitomised by Rahul, who showed tremendous touch and timing when driving through the off-side, complemented by brutal power to hit five sixes in his second T20 worldwide century. "Let's hope I'm still there".

Heaping praise on England's current form, which saw the hosts outclass a hapless Australia 6-0 in a recent limited-over series, Kohli felt the English players' participation in various domestic T20 leagues, like the Indian Premier League, have contributed a lot in their growth. However, they lost the only T20I which they played by three runs.

While England's Moeen Ali picked up four wickets in the final ODI against Australia here nine days ago, the fact Manchester has not had a drop of rain since will have India's spin options Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav rubbing their hands.

"You have to be open-minded about potentially changing the order down the line".

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Only Brazil , returning champions from 2002, made it past the group stage. The disappointment of us being eliminated is just huge.

"Surprisingly or funnily, I don't think from fans' or outside point of view. It doesn't matter if I get runs or I don't get runs, what I want is the team to play well and the team to win", he insisted. So much so that Kohli reckoned the missed County stint with Surrey was hardly worth fretting over. It's as dry as I have seen it ever.

Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have proven their worth in Ireland and look certain to play against England in the first T20Is.

"I spoke with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma as well who've been here before". They said it's a great thing to be a part of and a great time to be here.

"Take away from this tour will obviously be the way we play our cricket, the mindset and attitude we maintain for the length of the tour that we play".

"Looking at the weather, not at all". In T20 cricket, you have to be at your absolute best because the game is so short and you don't have second chances.

While the end of the 2019 World Cup, which is two months before he turns 33, has been suggested as a natural end-point to Morgan's England career, he intends to continue for longer. It all gets underway on Tuesday and following convincing win over Australia, England are brimming with confidence.

While India has been a consistent limited overs side over the past 6-7 years, England has of late lifted their game in coloured clothes by miles, thanks to a group of fantastic limited overs players like Jos Buttler, Jason Roy and Ben Stokes.