India begin England tour with 1st T20 at Manchester

England captain Eoin Morgan ready for India challenge

India will play three T20Is games against England.

Team India will start their tour of England with a T20I encounter at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.

The England vs India, 1st T20 global begins at 10.00 pm (IST). If you have a target in mind or a target in front of you, then you play according to that.

Their supremacy in shorter formats is redoubtable but India will have their task cut out against a vastly improved England in the opening T20 game in what will be a defining summer for Virat Kohli and his team.

The injury to Jasprit Bumrah has depleted India's bowling strength to a great extent. Team India is ranked second in ICC T20I teams ranking whereas England is ranked fourth. "I think because England haven't played so much IPL cricket, there was never that familiarity or that sort of warmth between the two teams as much as we have with the other teams", he said. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored two half-centuries and a century in the ODIs against Australia and a 30-ball 60 in the one-off T20I as recently as June 27. None was more striking than the middle order's ability to combat the spin of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav who combined to restrict England to just 30 runs between the 7th and 14th overs. Subsequently, he missed the second T20 global against Ireland on Friday.

It will be interesting to see whether his replacement, Deepak Chahar, gets his maiden cap even though senior pro Umesh Yadav looks a more likely replacement.

England though do not have much to fret over as the team has done exceedingly well ever since they got Buttler at the top of the innings with Roy.

Where Yadav had been imperious, England's spinners appeared toothless by comparison with Rashid and Moeen Ali only rarely able to trouble the tourists.

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 is not all surprised with Buttler's recent success.

KL Rahul's unbeaten 101 from 54 balls may have knocked off the runs with 10 balls to spare in a blaze of 10 fours and five sixes but there was no question where the difference lay; Kuldeep's earlier figures of five for 24 had reduced a befuddled England to 159 for eight from 20 overs. Jos Buttler has been in some ominous form and will look to stamp his authority on the Indians.

"It doesn't matter whether I get runs or don't get runs [he got 258 at an average of 129], what I want is the team to play well and the team to win". The Men in Blue are riding high on confidence as both their batters and bowlers performed exceedingly well against Ireland. While he bowled first change against Australia, skipper Morgan could be enticed to hand the new ball to the pacer against the southpaw.

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