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England v India
T20I #1, Old Trafford, Manchester
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Cricket Betting Tips for the 1st T20I between England and India.
England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Dawid Malan, Sam Curran, Jake Ball, Tom Curran
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Suresh Raina, Shreyas Iyer, Kuldeep Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Chahar
Head to Head
|ENG v IND||Won||Lost||Tie||NR||Total||Win %|
|At Old Trafford||1||0||0||0||1||100%|
|Last 5 matches||2||3||0||0||5||40%|
The spin duo of Chahal and Kuldeep against the mighty English batting line-up. The equation is as simple as that. English bowlers are leaking runs for the past two years. They don’t have a single bowler who has the tag of being economical. Their batting muscle has made more runs than needed.
English tracks might not assist these two Indian spinners. But they are wrist spinners who can extract a bit of turn out of any surface and known to be accurate. They are coming out of an IPL which favored the batsmen the most in all of its 11 editions. They’ll be keeping their tails up even in a non-spinning surface.
Against the odds Indians have a mild advantage going into this game. But the game may see a bit of dew later in the evening. It’ll be better if they bat 2nd.
Match Winner: India @ 2.25 – Best odds with 12Bet – Keep low stakes if they bat 1st
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And so we have arrived at the cricketing summer’s main event. With all due respect to Pakistan and Australia, the upcoming T20I, ODI and Test series against India has always been the most enticing part of this season’s schedule and given the relative strengths of both England and India, the white-ball matches between these two teams are set to be blockbuster viewing.
The first of eleven encounters across three formats begins on Tuesday (July 3) with a T20I at Old Trafford before two more short format games in Cardiff and Bristol. England’s strong recent showings against Australia and India’s remarkable strength in depth in T20 cricket, driven by the IPL behemoth, means the expectation is for some high-quality, high-octane cricket.
All the ingredients are there. In Virat Kohli and Jos Buttler, there is a match-up of two of the most destructive batsmen in the world game while these are probably the two best batting line-ups in limited overs cricket right now. Both bowling attacks have pace, skill and spin – although India’s has the stronger pedigree in T20 cricket – while there shouldn’t be too much to choose between them in the fielding stakes either.
Both teams are in good form too. England have just defeated Australia five-nil in the ODI series and also emerged victorious in a one-off T20I while India, ranked number two in the world in the shortest format, have just routed Ireland twice to make that six successive T20I victories in all. England have fond recent memories of Old Trafford having narrowly beaten Australia there in an ODI last week, thanks to a genius hundred from Buttler.
This is a strong looking Indian party and after giving everyone a good run in Ireland, picking a final eleven is not going to be easy for Kohli and the team’s management. There is, however, little doubt that India have more depth and experience in this format than England who are missing the injured pair Ben Stokes and Tom Curran and the rested Mark Wood, all three of whom played in this season’s IPL.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect across the series will be how England handle India’s spin twins of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzi Chahal. The pair, who are the two leading wicket-takers in T20I cricket since the last T20 WC, should pose more problems to a stellar home batting line-up than Australia’s depleted bowling attack managed but the wrist-spinners could find things tough going in Manchester. Traditionally, the slower men struggle in T20s at Old Trafford, averaging almost double that of seamers.
The last time the two teams met in T20Is, in India in early 2017, Kohli’s team emerged victorious, winning the three-match series 2-1. The overall head-to-head record between the two teams favours England, however, with six victories coming from their eleven games against India but given the relative scarcity of T20Is and the resulting difficulty in building patterns of play and confidence, that arguably matters little.
Perhaps the only thing that will distract from the clash will be the football World Cup with England playing Colombia in Moscow in the first knock-out round of the tournament on the same evening. Kick-off is 7pm UK time which should be just as the second innings is set to begin. England’s supporters will be hoping for a double celebration.
When: Tuesday July 3, 2018. 5:30pm UK time.
Where: Old Trafford, Manchester.
What to expect: It’s set to be another scorcher for the match – England is enjoying a prolonged and very welcome heatwave at the moment – and the pitch should be hard and true and good for batting, unlike the slow surface which hosted the fifth ODI against Australia.
England are likely to stick to the same team which beat Australia at Edgbaston last week although captain Eoin Morgan has confirmed he will look to experiment throughout the three matches as he looks ahead to the next T20 WC. Ben Stokes and Tom Curran are not fit for this match but could come into contention for the latter two games which will give Morgan more options.
Without the rested Mark Wood, Chris Jordan, David Willey and Liam Plunkett should make up the seam attack in the final eleven in Manchester as they did in Birmingham with Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali supplying the spin. Joe Root, despite some scrutiny over his place in the side and the inclusion of Dawid Malan in the squad as injury cover for Tom Curran, will keep his slot in the middle order.
Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid.
Umesh Yadav was the biggest positive this year for the IPL team that Virat Kohli leads, and is likely to edge Siddarth Kaul to the fast-bowler’s spot left vacant by the injured Jasprit Bumrah. Umesh’s ability to trouble the batsmen with pace in the powerplay overs could be a big asset against this England side. Kaul, with his variations, seems like a more all-round option, but Umesh is likely to get the nod at the start. The first T20I might be too soon for Deepak Chahar, even if he is the man India are looking for, as he’s scheduled to join up with the squad only after India A’s tri-series final, being played at Kennington Oval in London on Monday (02 July).
The middle-order around MS Dhoni at 5 also seems uncertain. India have three options in Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik for potentially two spots – No.4 and No. 6 or 7 – with Hardik Pandya also being a definite starter as one of the finishers.
Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni,Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav
What they said:
“We believe in our abilities as a team, we have a lot of T20 experience, we have just come off the IPL and coupe of games against Ireland as well where the team has looked great. Obviously, in T20 cricket the wickets are going to be something that provides entertainment to the crowd, so there’s no one team that has an advantage in this format.” – Virat Kohli isn’t in the mood for picking favourites for the T20Is.
“I think our experience of playing in the IPL is of benefit to us. It exposes our players to the biggest competition in the world.We had 9 picked up in the auction, eventually 13 going with replacement players, which is the most we’ve ever had. It’s great experience and exposure for our players, but it also shows where we are at as a team.” – Eoin Morgan on the advantages of IPL for England players.
England (From): Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Dawid Malan, Sam Curran, Jake Ball, Tom Curran
India (From): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Suresh Raina, Shreyas Iyer, Kuldeep Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Chahar
India are in town, and that usually means packed stadiums anywhere in the world, but Old Trafford on Tuesday will be some way short of a full house. With the T20I coinciding with England’s round-of-16 FIFA World Cup clash against Colombia, the fans who do show up will be forgiven if they glance at the replay screen a little wistfully, wishing they were watching Alli rather than Ali.
There will be a lowish-key feel to this game, and in some ways it isn’t a particularly significant one, the fate of most T20Is when a World T20 isn’t looming large. But this game could have knock-on effects on the weeks and months ahead. This is the first India-England clash of a long summer of India-England clashes, an opportunity to land an early punch or two.
Both teams will also use these games to build towards next year’s 50-over World Cup, and gear their white-ball game towards the flat batting conditions expected in this part of the world.
England’s standing as world cricket’s most fearsome ODI line-up is predicated upon their treating ODIs as extended T20 games. Having made 221 in their last T20I, at Edgbaston last week, they will want to show they can flex their batting muscle just as much against an Indian attack containing the swing of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the wristspin of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.
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. The search for those ingredients, however, has been long and frustrating, and it isn’t over yet. One priority is finding a settled slot in the top four for KL Rahul, and the other is figuring out which of the other options – of whom Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey and Suresh Raina are part of their current squad – is the best fit at No. 6.
If India can find answers to those questions on Tuesday, and if England continue their barnstorming batting form, Old Trafford might even forget the football.
England: WWLLL (last five completed games, most recent first)
In the spotlight
England’s stand-in coach Paul Farbrace may have said it isn’t so, but is Joe Root‘s place in England’s T20 line-up under threat? Given the riches of explosive talent around him, and given the imminent return of Ben Stokes from injury, Root might need to make a couple of defining contributions against India to reinforce his value in the shortest format.
He had a sensational IPL as a wicket-taker in the Powerplay overs, and with Jasprit Bumrah out injured, there’s no better time than now for Umesh Yadavto stake a claim to be part of India’s first-choice T20 attack.
England (probable): 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jos Buttler (wk), 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Alex Hales, 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 David Willey, 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 Chris Jordan, 11 Adil Rashid
India (probable): 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 KL Rahul, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Dinesh Karthik/Manish Pandey, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
Pitch and conditions
Old Trafford usually offers more pace and bounce than other English pitches, though not a lot of seam movement. The pitch for the fifth England-Australia ODI here just over a week ago provided some turn as well, and Moeen Ali prospered to pick up a four-wicket haul. The pitch for Tuesday’s game is a different one, though Kohli noted in his pre-match press conference that it looked a little dry. Expect both teams, therefore, to play two spinners.
The weather leading up to the game has been warm and dry, with temperatures in the mid-to-late 20s (Celsius). No rain is expected on Tuesday.
Stats and trivia
- England have a 6-5 win-loss record against India in T20Is, and have won all three of their meetings in England so far.
- Virat Kohli is eight runs short of becoming the first Indian, and the fourth batsman overall, to 2000 in T20Is. Rohit Sharma isn’t too far behind – he needs 51 to get there.
- Umesh Yadav has only played two T20Is so far, the first in August 2012 against Sri Lanka and the second last Friday against Ireland. He missed 65 matches between his two appearances – an Indian record. One of his potential opponents on Tuesday, Liam Plunkett, holds the overall record for matches missed between T20I appearances (74). Incidentally, Plunkett’s gap years also came between his debut and second match.
- Kuldeep Yadav (11.2) and Yuzvendra Chahal (13.0) have the best and third-best strike rates among all spinners who have bowled in ten or more T20I innings.
“We expect England to come hard at us. And we certainly want to play positive and hard-fought cricket. It’s going to be an exciting series for sure, we believe that we have the side to put up a great fight.”
India captain Virat Kohli
“Generally it is a different challenge particularly when you play against subcontinent teams. It normally exposes sides like ourselves and South Africa and Australia to spin, reverse swing, different challenges to that we are normally used to.”
England captain Eoin Morgan