England will face off against India in the fifth T20 match of their tour of India 2021. It will be the final game of this hard-fought series. Whichever team plays better live cricket will win the game and the series. It will be first place versus second in the rankings.
It will be fair to say that the youngsters have kept India in the game, sharing the heavy weight on the shoulders. They have been playing great cricket alongside the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. One man who will wear most of the spotlight in the series decider will be Suryakumar Yadav, given his staggering half century on debut. As much as he denies it, the controversial decision that caused his dismissal would play in his mind. The team management would want to bring back Ishan Kishan in the side, benching an out of form KL Rahul. Coming to bowling, Hardik Pandya’s phenomenal performance would be something Kohli will bank on as Rahul Chahar – this series – trumps Yuzvendra Chahal.
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Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rahul Tewatia, Ishan Kishan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Rahul Chahar
Had it not been for the irresponsible shots at the top and the sudden series of wickets in the middle, England would’ve sealed the series. But here they are – getting into the decider with the form on the Indian side. While Mark Wood has rattled the Indian batsmen with pace, Jofra Archer, Sam Curran and Chris Jordan will have to step up and contain the hosts. Adil Rashid did produce a fine Virat Kohli wicket in the fourth match, but otherwise, the leggie was hit from the first over. The visitors are expected to go with the same side, as Morgan would want to back his explosive batsmen to get them over the line.
Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley
India and England have faced each other 18 times in T20 matches. India have won 9 matches, while the Englishmen have emerged victorious in 9 games.
India walk in with form but this English side has been better than the hosts all through the series. For the first time the result went against the toss in this series and the total crossing 185 is good news too. But that came when Suryakumar and Iyer went berserk. The formula still remains the same – win the toss and choose to field.
Date and Time:
March 20 (Saturday)
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
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