The fourth T20I between India and England is scheduled to be taking place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday. England is currently leading the five-match series by a 2-1 margin owing to the blistering knock from Jos Buttler in the third T20I. The visiting bowlers have also been spot on in the powerplay overs, which has given them breathing space in the middle overs.
With the likes of Jofra Archer and Jonny Bairstow making useful contributions with the ball and bat respectively, the English will be eyeing a series win ahead of this much-awaited fixture. The Indians, on the other hand, have blown hot and cold. Despite Virat Kohli coming up with a knock for the ages, the Indian bowlers haven’t tied the English batsmen down in the early stages of their innings. The spotlight will be on KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya, who have so far failed to impress with the bat.
While the English are up 2-1 in this series, they will be wary of the capability of the Indian team. With the likes of Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan itching to make amends for a no-show in the third T20I, we should be in for an entertaining match as both sides seek a crucial win in the context of the T20I series.
After India suffering an eight-wicket defeat, Virat Kohli acknowledged that he is looking for another all-rounder to included in the playing XI. And as much as he’d have liked a pace-bowling all-rounder, they only have Rahul Tewatia and Axar Patel as the possible replacements in the squad right now.
Playing either Tewatia or Axar will mean some bench time for Ishan Kishan or Shreyas Iyer, two players who have been among the better batsmen in this low-scoring series. It’s not going to be an easy decision for the team management. KL Rahul’s form is a concern but both Kohli and Vikram Rathour, India’s batting coach, have supported him to stay at the top of the order.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal
With player rotation behind them and an opportunity of sealing the series in the fourth game, England are likely to stick to the same team. Moeen Ali for Sam Curran could be the only change if they feel the pitch is going to turn big.
Probable XI: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran/Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood