India beat England by eight wickets in opening T20

Posted July 04, 2018

Having spoken to the guys who've come here and played, they said it was a great experience for them learning a lot more things about their game.

Deepak Chahar and Krunal Pandya have received their maiden worldwide call-ups. Hence the series in all likelihood will be an intensely fought one and fortunes might fluctuate from one side to the other.

Therefore, with both the teams being in consistent form, it would be a tough call to predict the victor for tonight's match.

Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, Indian cricket team is gearing up to start the T20 in London from Tuesday. Therein, they did endure a torrid time in the tri-series against the latter two sides (earlier in March), losing three out of four games.

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Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya and Chennai Super Kings medium pacer Deepak Chahar on Sunday (1st July) earned their maiden India call after star pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Washington Sundar were ruled out of the T20I series.

Nonetheless, Umesh Yadav, who impressed in IPL 2018 with raw pace, will open the bowling alongside the impressive Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, they are well aware of the fact that they are up against a quality Indian side and any mistakes might well turn out to be the downfall for the home side. Adil Rashid has also done a good job and they have a decent stock of fast bowlers with Plunkett, Jordan, Willey, and the Curran brothers. Hence we can expect a crackerjack of a contest later today.

With the 2019 ODI World Cup less than 12 months away, there is more than bragging rights at stake as both sides look to fine-tune preparations against an opposition of note. No one can guarantee results, but just wanting to win every session and every ball that we play, if we can carry that on for the length of the tour, I will be really proud as a captain and we will be really proud of ourselves as a team.

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"We expect England to come hard at us but we certainly want to play positive and hard-fought cricket, so it's going to be an exciting series for sure", said Kohli.

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.

There was little fortunate from that point though, as he put on a staggering display of power hitting, leaving the equally destructive Rohit Sharma just to work singles and let Rahul get on with it. However the English skipper Eoin Morgan has indicated the fact that the team might bring in changes keeping in mind the World Twent20 in 2020.

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