Jos Buttler would be making his debut as the full-time captain of the English team in this game.
After an intense five days of Test cricket, England and India will move towards the shortest format of the game. The first T20I of the three-match T20I series between both nations will commence on Thursday. Jos Buttler will be making his debut as the full-time captain of the English limited-overs team. He has taken the reign from the World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, who announced his retirement from international cricket after witnessing a dip in his form for a long time. Buttler has captained the English team in 9 ODIs and has managed to take the team over the line in 6 matches.
India, on the other hand, also has a new captain in the form of Rohit Sharma. Sharma was picked as the captain of the Indian team last year after Virat Kohli stepped down from the position. It will be Sharma’s first stint as the full-time captain on overseas soil. India have won the last 12 T20Is under Rohit Sharma and he would be eager to continue this dominance.
England vs India, 1st T20I
Venue: The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Date & Time: 7th July at 10:30 PM IST and 6:00 PM Local Time
Live Streaming: Sony Six and Sony LIV
ENG vs IND, 1st T20I Pitch Report:
The pitch is expected to provide equal support to both the batters and the bowlers. The average first innings score here is 157 runs and the team winning the toss might look to bowl.
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ENG vs IND, 1st T20I Probable Playing XIs:
Jason Roy, Phillip Salt, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Matthew Parkinson, Reece Topley
Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Top Picks for ENG vs IND Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batters
His T20I career is only 17 matches old, however, he has proved his heroics in T20 leagues across the world. In 188 T20 matches, Livingstone has made 4711 runs at an average of 29.08 and a strike rate of 146.66. With the ball, he has picked 82 wickets at an average of 22.8.
In his last three appearances, Deepak Hooda has not been dismissed for a score less than 40 runs. Against Ireland, he made a century and became only the fourth Indian batter to achieve this feat in T20Is. The right-handed batter from Rohtak would have his eyes set on the T20 World Cup later this year and hence, this entire series is very important for him.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
He has regained his from at the right time and has been finishing matches for the Indian team since his comeback. In the T20I series against South Africa, he made 117 runs in 4 matches and was India’s second-highest run-scorer.
He last played a T20I for England back in January against West Indies during the five-match series. He made 108 runs at an average of 21.6 and a strike rate of 145.94 for the team in that series. Moeen has had a decent show in the ongoing T20 Blast tournament and would play a key role for the team in this game.
Top Picks – Bowlers
He picked up 3 wickets for 29 runs against Leicestershire in his last T20 Blast appearance. In the ODI series against the Netherlands last month, Willey had taken 8 wickets in 3 matches. He would be leading the English bowling attack in this match and would be looking to play an important role.
He has emerged as the new death-overs specialist for the Indian team. In the last game against Northamptonshire, he made 54 runs off 36 deliveries. With the ball, he picked 2 wickets for 23 runs in 3.3 overs and helped the team win the game by 10 runs.
Top Picks – Wicketkeeper
The newly-appointed skipper of the English team has been in great form recently. He won the Player of the Series award for being the top scorer against the Netherlands in the 3-match ODI series last month.
He has carried forward his form in IPL to international cricket and has performed exceptionally well for the team in whatever opportunities that he has got recently. In the second T20I against Ireland, Samson made 77 runs off 42 deliveries and added 176 runs for the second wicket along with Deepak Hooda.
ENG vs IND Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for ENG vs IND Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Jos Buttler (C), Sanju Samson (VC)Jason Roy, Deepak Hooda, Liam Livingstone, Ishan Kishan, Moeen Ali, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Chris Jordan
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for ENG vs IND Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Dinesh Karthik, Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda (VC)Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone (C)Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan, David Willey
ENG vs IND Risky Captaincy Choices:
He is likely to open the innings for the Indian team along with Rohit Sharma. He made two half-centuries in the first 3 T20Is against South Africa. However, he has not been able to achieve the same milestone in the last 5 matches.
He has been in great form recently and won the Player of the Match award in the first T20I against Ireland. The pitch might not have enough for the spinners and hence, picking a spinner as the captain might be a huge risk.
Player you should avoid:
He made his T20I debut back in 2015 and has been able to play only 10 matches for England since then. In the ongoing T20 Blast, he has picked 15 wickets in 10 matches at an average of 20.2. Both the teams have bowlers who have delivered consistently and hence, you can avoid Topley in your fantasy team at least for this match.