India convincingly beat England by 50 runs in the 1st T20I at Southampton

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It is the reality of the looming World Cup that India are close to being back at full strength for a T20I series that starts two days after a gruelling Test match. Well almost. Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli will be available only from the second game of the series but that aside, the rest of the squad has been hard at work with a sense of urgency that build-ups to bilateral T20Is otherwise lack in non-World Cup years.

India, who have played four T20s (vs Ireland, Northamptonshire and Derbyshire) in the last 10 days, have won 13 of the 15 completed T20Is since tumbling out of the group stages of last year's World Cup, most while not fielding their top players. It's a formidable record in a fickle format, one that is representative of both their baseline level as well as their resource pool.

However, one defeat in Delhi and another near loss to Ireland in Dublin in their last international outing stood out with a familiar rhetoric. Do India have the T20 tactical wherewithal to counter big-hitting sides on flat surfaces, the kinds of which are likely in Australia? There has been a conscious change to addressing this concern, reflected in the improved strike-rates (139.56) and boundary percentages (16.2%) through the middle-overs (7-15) since last year's World Cup. For reference, they hit at 119.48 with a mere 11.3% boundary share between January 2020 and October 2021. It remains to be seen if they can retain this adventurism when the old heads return.

In that regard, England, even one missing many of their power players, will provide the ultimate litmus to gauge how far along they've come on the road to World Cup readiness. Days after their Test team received a bold validative tick, England will herald a transition of a slightly less epochal variety. Jos Buttler will take over as captain officially but he has been the T20 sheriff for a while now. There is unlikely to be a change in playing style, an ode to the enduring white-ball prowess of the team for seven years now. For the new captain though, this is an early staging post in the quest for the next ICC silverware that has slipped away in the final stages of the last two T20 World Cups.

When: England vs India, 1st T20I, July 7, 18:00

Where: The Rose Bowl, Southampton

What to expect: A pleasant evening with no rain forecast. The average first-innings score at the venue in this year's T20 Blast has been 165. Curiously, five of the seven games here this season have been won by teams batting first. It's a statistic India will keep a close eye on. Their win percentage is a lowly 54.84 while batting first in the last three years. In the same time, they've won 95% (18/19) of the games they've chased.

Team News:

England

The two all-rounders - Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone - in the England line-up will allow Buttler to play both Phil Salt and Harry Brook or play an extra bowler. Sam Curran has been in terrific hitting form in domestic cricket and could make his T20I return after more than a year out with a back injury. Lancashire's Richard Gleeson is in line for a T20I debut. He comes in with a reputation of unfurling yorkers at will. He has taken 23 wickets from 14 games at an economy of 7.83 in the ongoing T20 Blast. England have a number of first-choice bowlers unavailable and will chop and change the ones available for the three games.

India

Rohit Sharma has cleared his Covid tests and will return to captaincy and share opening duties alongside Ishan Kishan. India are likely to play the centurion from last game, Deepak Hooda, at least for the first game before Kohli returns for the second. They have choices to make in the fast bowling department and could hand Arshdeep Singh an India debut after a pair of impressive showings against County sides.

Did you know?

- India have picked at least two wickets inside Powerplay in seven of their last nine matches, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar leading the way with 13 PowerPlay wickets.

- Since the start of T20 WC 2021, England concede at 11.73 RPO in the death - the worst amongst full member sides with Chris Jordan's form (ER 11.38) being of particular concern

- Jos Buttler averages 57.20 and strikes at 148.76 as opener in T20Is, numbers very similar to those he churned out during his stellar IPL 2022 (Avg 57.53, SR 149.05)

- India have won each of the last three bilateral T20I series between these two sides.

What they said:

"He [Umran Malik] is very much in our plans. It's just about trying to give him that understanding as to what the team requires from him as well. Yes, there'll be times when we want to try out a few guys and Umran is definitely one of those guys where keeping one eye on the World Cup, we want to see what he has to offer for us. He's definitely an exciting prospect, there's no doubt about it. We all saw it during the IPL, he can bowl fast. It's just about giving him the role." - Rohit Sharma

Squads:

India Squad: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik(w), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Avesh Khan, Venkatesh Iyer, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravi Bishnoi

England Squad: Jos Buttler(w/c), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Reece Topley, Matthew Parkinson, Richard Gleeson, Philip Salt

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England will begin the Jos Buttler era hoping to climb the summit of the MRF Tyres ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings, with a series victory against India.

With Eoin Morgan's retirement, the three-match series against India will be the perfect opportunity for Jos Buttler to begin moulding the white-ball side in his own image. Though England will be without the services of Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes for the T20I series, there is still plenty of firepower in their ranks, especially on home turf. A 3-0 or a 2-1 series victory will help England overtake India to become the new No.1 ranked team in the MRF Tyres ICC Men's T20I Team Rankings.

White-ball regulars Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali will all be available at Buttler's disposal. It will also be a big opportunity for the likes of Phil Salt, Sam Curran and Reece Topley to further stake a claim to be featured more regularly in the side

India though will be chomping at the bits to get over the disappointment of the loss in the fifth Test and will be bolstered by the return of their skipper Rohit Sharma. Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah will miss the first T20I after a quick turnover from the fifth rescheduled Test. But this will provide a perfect opportunity for some of the fringe players to make a strong case for a place on the flight to Australia for the 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

The absence of some of the regulars in the first match will further give the likes of Sanju Samson, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Umran Malik and Deepak Hooda a chance to make a case for a selection. The return of the seniors from the second T20I onwards will give the Indian team management to test close to their full-strength side in preparation for the upcoming World Cup in Australia.

Remember the last time

The two teams last faced off in a bilateral T20I series in 2021. It was a nail-biting five-match series, with India eventually prevailing by a 3-2 scoreline.

All the matches were played in Ahmedabad, with England starting strongly by winning the first contest. India emerged as victors in the second match, while England again prevailed in the third T20I. The pressure was now on India and they fought back brilliantly by winning the fourth and fifth matches, to seal the series.

Virat Kohli was the leading run-scorer in the series with 231 runs, while Shardul Thakur was the leading wicket-taker with eight wickets.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Congratulations to <a href="https://twitter.com/arshdeepsinghh?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@arshdeepsinghh</a> who is all set to make his T20I debut for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TeamIndia?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TeamIndia</a> <br><br>He receives his cap from Captain <a href="https://twitter.com/ImRo45?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ImRo45</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENGvIND?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ENGvIND</a> <a href="https://t.co/2YOY15GwRj">pic.twitter.com/2YOY15GwRj</a></p>— BCCI (@BCCI) <a href="https://twitter.com/BCCI/status/1545079177501708289?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 7, 2022</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
 
India have won the toss and have opted to bat

Rohit Sharma: We are gonna bat first. Looks like a good wicket. Good pitch, sun is out, better to bat first. IRecovered pretty well, had a couple of hits before getting into this game.

Buttler: I will lean on Morgan for support
England captain Jos Buttler...

"He is one of my closest mates so I know any time that I need, I can lean on him to ask a few questions. It's clear the way everyone speaks about him what a great captain he is. It would be naive of me to not try and lean on him at certain times.

"At the same time, I can't be him. I've got to be myself and try and do the job how I do it. But I certainly don't have an ego where I wouldn't want to try and learn from him.

"In terms of a place to take over from, if I'm not ready to take over now then I'd never be. I think I'm in the best place I'd ever be to become the captain of the team at this moment."
 
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Teams:

England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w/c), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Reece Topley, Matthew Parkinson

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik(w), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal
 
Pathetic bowling line up selected by India. Buttler, Roy and Livingstone will smash these guys into oblivion.
 
The bowling line up is a buffet for English batsmen.

Why is Axar Patel playing? What has he done to deserve a chance?

Harshal Patel is not international level. His slower balls wont work on these pitches and his full length is asking to be lined up.

Only one out of Arshdeep and BK can play. Similar players. Similar roles.

There is a grand total of only one wicket taking bowler in this team and thats Yuzi.

There seems to be no thinking in selection, just selecting people according to first come basis and handing out debuts for the sake of it.
 
Moeen Ali to Rohit, out Caught by Buttler!! Rohit c Buttler b Moeen Ali 24(14) [4s-5]
 
The bowling line up is a buffet for English batsmen.

Why is Axar Patel playing? What has he done to deserve a chance?

Harshal Patel is not international level. His slower balls wont work on these pitches and his full length is asking to be lined up.

Only one out of Arshdeep and BK can play. Similar players. Similar roles.

There is a grand total of only one wicket taking bowler in this team and thats Yuzi.

There seems to be no thinking in selection, just selecting people according to first come basis and handing out debuts for the sake of it.

Look at England attack. It is filled of trundlers too. Both teams got pretty poor attacks.
 
Kishan is a poor batsman...not sure how many times I have to repeat it. Prithvi Shaw is much better option as T20 opener.
 
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Thats it....Kohli's T20 career over if Hooda keeps batting like this
 
Thank God...Ishan Kishan is out. Absolutely mediocre player
 
Very refreshing batting from India for a change...rather than regular tuk tuk
 
Moeen Ali tormented us in Southampton in test cricket both in 2014 & 2018. Now taking wickets again today in the same venue. :jofra
 
Moeen Ali tormented us in Southampton in test cricket both in 2014 & 2018. Now taking wickets again today in the same venue. :jofra

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">India finish the Powerplay 66/2.<br><br>Scorecard & Videos: <a href="https://t.co/r1PBlLhqeP">https://t.co/r1PBlLhqeP</a><br><br>🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENGvIND?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ENGvIND</a> 🇮🇳 <a href="https://t.co/d5ELr4VHCE">pic.twitter.com/d5ELr4VHCE</a></p>— England Cricket (@englandcricket) <a href="https://twitter.com/englandcricket/status/1545098205121040384?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 7, 2022</a></blockquote>
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Good innings by Hooda...exactly the intent you want in T20 cricket.
 
Hooda c Tymal Mills b Jordan 33(17) [4s-3 6s-2]

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">CJ with an important wicket!<br><br>Scorecard & Videos: <a href="https://t.co/r1PBlLhqeP">https://t.co/r1PBlLhqeP</a><br><br>&#55356;&#57332;&#56128;&#56423;&#56128;&#56418;&#56128;&#56421;&#56128;&#56430;&#56128;&#56423;&#56128;&#56447; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ENGvIND?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ENGvIND</a> &#55356;&#56814;&#55356;&#56819; <a href="https://t.co/yDVJL9pa8o">pic.twitter.com/yDVJL9pa8o</a></p>— England Cricket (@englandcricket) <a href="https://twitter.com/englandcricket/status/1545101308884946944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 7, 2022</a></blockquote>
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10-12 games is not a big enough sample size. Who stopped this legend to debut before age 31-32?

17 games is good enough sample.
Different players mature and hit their stride at different times. A player can debut at age of 40 if he is good enough. Still wouldn’t make your statement true about not being good for international cricket

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I am happy as Indian fan but must admit this is club level bowling from England
 
India cant afford to go with this hitting strategy if they play AxarPatel at 6
Need a better player at 6 than this fraud AR
 
From Eng's pov, why do they play Mills and Jordan? Aren't they too mediocre? Surely England has much better options.
 
I don't believe that this is the best T20 bowling Unit in England. Some of Vitality T20 Blast sides have better attacks.
 
Incredible bat speed from Pandya.

Superb innings by him.
 
Poor score from India. This is a belter. 230 is minimum for any team batting first against England to be assured of a win.
 
Recycling TTF karthik not going to work for long

He is the best finisher in India right now. Big hitting down the order has been a problem for India for quite sometime. India does not have too many options in that regard.
 
15 to 20 runs short India.

Wicket looks good.
 
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I think this is a good score. Indian bowlers will get a lot more out of this pitch
 
Bhuvi is the goat new ball bowler for India. He's probably better than Bumrah with the new ball.
 
Bhuvi is the goat new ball bowler for India. He's probably better than Bumrah with the new ball.

Only with the new ball. He is an ATG if he had the new ball all the time. Almost Jimmy Anderson level.
 
Buttler is failure in tests because he cant play the moving ball. One of the best FTB's ever
 
You are living in fool's world mate...if you think India will drop Rishab Pant from T20 side...LOL.

You are also living in a fool's world if you think India will win T20WC with a batsman like Rishabh Pant in the side. :91: Just look at his strike rate. He should stay away from LOIs for the time being and let Kishan, Samson or Karthik handle that spot. :inti
 
He is getting the ball to move both ways, that's an amazing skills to have for a left arm seamer and he is actually a specialist in death overs too.

I thought of him as a containing bowler in IPL. But here, he is matching BK in terms of swing.
 
I thought of him as a containing bowler in IPL. But here, he is matching BK in terms of swing.

He is selected for ODIs too, this guy is a proper LOI talent. Not a one dimensional or one trick pony T20 bowler.

A left arm seamer who can swing both ways is what we need. This is why Shaheen is so good in LOIs.
 
You are also living in a fool's world if you think India will win T20WC with a batsman like Rishabh Pant in the side. :91: Just look at his strike rate. He should stay away from LOIs for the time being and let Kishan, Samson or Karthik handle that spot. :inti

Pant might do better opening, he surprisingly has great reflexes, Rahul is useless up there plus has gears better than Pant to score quicker, hopefully we experiment there.
 
Nasser Hussain - How many overs will Pandya bowl?

Pandya - As many as skipper wants.

Attitude :91:
 
Pant might do better opening, he surprisingly has great reflexes, Rahul is useless up there plus has gears better than Pant to score quicker, hopefully we experiment there.

Don't think they will try Pant as an opener. Rohit, KL, Kishan and even Kohli can open the inning.
 
You are also living in a fool's world if you think India will win T20WC with a batsman like Rishabh Pant in the side. :91: Just look at his strike rate. He should stay away from LOIs for the time being and let Kishan, Samson or Karthik handle that spot. :inti

Mate...I am not going into this debate who should play or not...its not my choice. All I am saying is, Pant will be the first name on the team sheet. Dropping him is not even in anyone's mind. I like DK....always liked him but don't think selectors would pick him in Australia. Kishan & Samson has no chance unfortunately.
 
England being made to look like a pretty pitiful IT20 side here, lol. India dominating
 
Rohit
Pant
Kohli
Kishan
KL
Hardik
DK/Hooda
Axar/Wash/Bishnoi
Bhuvi
Bumrah
Arsh/Shami/Harshal/Umran

No Question that KL should open the innings.

Kishan will be out of team soon. He is very very unpredictable. Mostly fails.

DK will be in the team as a finisher.

I prefer Sundar over Axar.

I prefer Arsh over Shami and Harshal.
 
Hardik Pandya the man who delivers vs big teams and on big occassions. Does it again for his team.

2 wickets in an over, WoW! A fifty with bat in middle order.

Definition of a genuine all rounder. All hail Pandya! :inti
 
Superb bowling by the Indian seamers.

Swinging the ball both ways.
 
Hardik Pandya the man who delivers vs big teams and on big occassions. Does it again for his team.

2 wickets in an over, WoW! A fifty with bat in middle order.

Definition of a genuine all rounder. All hail Pandya! :inti

Big occasions like semi final of a world cup? :inti
 
Commentators comparing B.Kumar with Jimmy Anderson :steyn
 
WICKET! Livingstone c Karthik b Hardik 0 – England 29-3

Livingstone strays wide of his leg stump before attempting to scoop it behind him, but fails to get enough contact and watches Karthik collect to bring up India's third wicket. England in real trouble.
 
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