Team England have won the toss in the first T20I of the five-match series and elected to bowl first. Indian skipper Virat Kohli mentioned in the press conference yesterday that the home team will go ahead with KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma as the openers of the side with Shikhar Dhawan losing his spot in the first eleven.
As far as the team news is concerned, captain Virat Kohli will follow Rohit and Rahul in the batting order. The number four spot will be a debatable matter as Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer are in line to fight for the spot. However, it is now clear that Shreyas Iyer will play in the first T20I.
India vs England 2021: 1st T20I, Ahmedabad- Toss Report
Team England have won the toss in the first T20I of the five-match series and elected to bowl first. Suryakumar Yadav’s inclusion will mean Shreyas Iyer will likely lose his spot in the playing XI. Rishabh Pant will definitely be on the side as the wicketkeeper-batsman and come to bat at number 5 followed by Hardik Pandya.
India’s Playing XI: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal
England’s Playing XI: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Team India All Set To Take On England In The T20I Series
The India National Cricket Team is now all set to take the English challenge in the five-match T20 series, starting from Friday. The hosts will be high in confidence as they have recently beaten the visitors in the four-match Test series and qualified for the final of the ICC World Test Championship.
After the five-match T20 series, a three-match ODI series is scheduled against England which will take place entirely in Pune behind closed doors as COVID cases in the are have seen a spike in the last few days.