India vs England, 1st T20I at Manchester

Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah

I heard lot of people are keen to go and play and they should.

The participation of English players in the IPL has only increased the "warmth" among rival players but on field, India skipper Virat Kohli expects a high intensity battle between both teams during the long tour beginning here tomorrow.

India is all set to take on England in the first T20I at Old Trafford, Manchester. The weather is expected to remain pleasant with no signs of rain and humidity of about 40%.

England shuffled their line-up in their sole T20 against Australia following that ODI win, and that is something Morgan says will continue to happen as they look for the right batting order ahead of the ICC World T20 in two years' time.

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As the two teams get ready to battle each other for a spot in the Quarter-Final, we run the rule over the two squads. Substitutes will be the key to winning this game and there is more quality coming from England's side of the dugout.

After the white-ball matches, the teams will lock horns in five Tests starting August 1, and as has become customary these days, Kohli evoked memories of India's tour of South Africa in January, when they lost a three-Test series 1-2. They have able replacements for all positions and this leads to a selection headache for skipper, Kohli and the team management as everyone has been performing well in the opportunities given to them. While Chris Jordan was the third man out first ball - caught and bowled by Umesh Yadav off his pad - David Willey was in no mood to go down with a whimper, blasting 29 from 15 balls, adding a touch of fight in some verbals with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and an early breakthrough in the chase when Shikhar Dhawan played on in the first over.

The injury to Jasprit Bumrah has depleted India's bowling strength to a great extent. Hardik Pandya has is the all-rounder who's grown a lot as a fast bowler and he will be entrusted with the 5th bowler's duties. Owing to his wonderful performances for the India A side, Deepak Chahar has also got his maiden call-up to the Indian side replacing Bumrah.

Ominously for England, India took their foot off the gas as they approached victory.

England are coming into series on the back of 6-0 drubbing of Australia with Buttler, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow in fantastic form.

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India present a much stiffer test than a weakened Australia. England didn't require his services with the bat but we've witnessed how unsafe he can be on his day.

While England's game plan at the start of their batting innings is clear - and with Buttler at the top of the order, working better than ever - they need to work out a similar method once the fielding restrictions are over.

"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".

All that was left for India to do was to hit the winning runs and Kohli did so in style, launching Moeen for six down the ground, which secured the win with 10 balls to spare.

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