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0.3 over (1 Run)
Dhawan and India are off the mark. Flatter around off, Dhawan slogs it to square leg for a single.
0.2 over (0 Run)
A bit quicker around off this time and Dhawan pushes it off the back foot to covers once again.
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Starts with a tossed up ball in line with the stumps, Dhawan gently strokes it to covers.
Done and dusted with the National Anthems as we are all set to begin the T20I series with the first game. England players stride out to the middle. They are followed by the two Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul. Spin to start as Adil Rashid to bowl first up. Here we go…
Time for the National Anthems as the players from Both India and England line up for their respective National Anthems. It will be England’s first followed by India’s.
Hardik Pandya is down for a chat. He says that he has been preparing for the past 1 and a half months. He mentions that he is just doing about the process. He mentions that he hopes to bowl in this series. He further says that with the kind of depth they have gives them the option of expressing themselves. He though says that he plays according to the situation and also fulfills the teams requirement. He ends by saying that it will be a cracker of a series with the kind of players in both the camps.
India (Playing XI) – KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal.
England (Playing XI) – Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (WK), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
India skipper, Virat Kohli says they would have bowled as well. He mentions that the dew will play a massive factor and they would have looked to restrict England for a par total. He mentions that they need to trust their bowlers with the dew. He mentions that they have their only chance to fine tune their bowling with the dew around. He further says that they try and keep the dressing room jovial. He mentions that erveryone in the team is in a celebration mode whether they are in the XI or not.
England skipper, Eoin Morgan mentions that they will bowl first. He mentions that in their last training they saw a bit of dew so the decision. He is excited to play against a strong side like India. He mentions that with 5 games at this ground he says that the ball is going to turn as the pitch slows down.
Toss – It’s time for the flip of the coin as the two skippers, Virat Kohli and Eoin Morgan stride out to the middle along with the match referee. Kohli being the home skipper get to flip the coin. Morgan calls Heads. It is heads. ENGLAND WILL BOWL FIRST!
Pitch Report – Deep Dasgupta is down for the pitch report along with Ajit Agarkar. Dasgupta says that the Tests were played on the red soil while the T20Is will see the use of black soil. it is nice and hard with a bit abraisiveness. He mentions that it should assist the spinners. Agarkar says that the outfield is in top condition and as the game goes on it might get sliky. Dasgupta ends by saying that 175 should be a par score.
We are done with the Tests as Eoin Morgan takes the charge from Joe Root for the limited-overs series against India. For India, it is their all-weather captain, Virat Kohli who will lead his boys for the 5-match T20I series. Both the teams would look to fine-tune their skills ahead of the mega event later in the year. T20 is known to have a mixture of brute force and smart batting who utilises the power-hitting to good effect and both teams boast of a fiery batting line up. Though on the batting front both are even-stevens it is the bowling which shows a big difference between them. England have struggled with the ball in the game’s shortest format while India have been consistent with their bowling. A crucial toss awaits us as dew is set to play its part. Stay tuned to know more.
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