India begin England tour with 1st T20 at Manchester

Jasprit Bumrah

Latest Update: What a way to finish it, Virat Kohli uses his wrists and deposits it over long on for a maximum.

India, for their part, know they are only one or two ingredients short of a line-up that could be as relentlessly aggressive as England's. Kuldeep took three wickets in four balls and deceived us.

Yadav produced a man-of-the-match display as he finished with 5-24 in India´s emphatic eight-wicket win over England in the first Twenty20 worldwide at Old Trafford. India on the other hand have had a good run in limited over format as well. The first T20 worldwide will be played on June 3 at Old Trafford, Manchester. In the two matches against Australia during the winter's Trans-Tasman Tri-Series, England's scores between overs six and sixteen read: 7 for 67 in Hobart and 1 for 53 at the MCG. Not only did he prove hard for England's batsmen to get away but he kept on taking wickets which isn't the worst combination.

Containing the English batsmen will be India's primary focus and the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, who will miss the T20I series due to a fractured finger, comes as a blow for the visitors.

India probable XI: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav. In the last couple of seasons Bumrah has been the go-to-man for Kohli in the death overs.

The latter's departure with 30 runs required gave the partisan crowd a final chance to chant Kohli's name and, after Rahul completed his second global century in this format, the Indian captain smoked Moeen over the long-on boundary to complete this one-sided win.

India will conclude their United Kingdom tour with 5 Test matches, the first of which will begin from the 1st of next month at Birmingham. The point was that we hadn't played on those wet and those damp conditions ever as a team.




Kuldeep's effort was even more praiseworthy considering that his fellow left-arm spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (0/34 in 4 overs) had an off-day.

Rahul's good show in the second T20I against Ireland - 70 off just 36 balls - could actually put him slightly ahead in the race against Karthik and Pandey. But England were already blessed with top order players before the move and Buttler's elevation has simply added to the number of batsmen who would, ideally, open the innings. "He´s very hungry, has great technique, and it´s a great sign for Indian cricket". While Rashid followed that up with 3 wickets in the T20I against the Aussies, Ali picked one.

"Jos is a magnificent player of spin".

When it comes to the pacers, it could be a case of three frontline pacers with David Willey, Chris Jordan and Liam Plunkett filling the spots. Kohli, though, wasn't surprised with Buttler's highly impressive showing.

Umesh Yadav also chipped in with two crucial wickets, as England managed to post 169 runs at the halfway mark.

"Maybe after spending some time, they will be better prepared to face me in the coming T20Is and ODIs".

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