So, it is finally here! After weeks of euphoria surrounding India’s much-awaited tour of England, India will finally kickstart their sojourn with the first of the three T20I against England on Tuesday, July 03, 2018.
India warmed up with an emphatic series win over Ireland leading into the T20 series against England. While the batsman racked up back-to-back 200 plus totals (first instance) as India equalled South Africa’s record of most number of 200 plus totals in IT20 cricket.
While Dhawan (66) and Rohit (97) sizzled in the first match, it was the turn of Rahul and Raina in the second game to up the ante, giving a great headache to Kohli and the team management as to who should for the playing 11, with Raina, Rahul and Dinesh Karthik vying for two available spots. All three players have a strong case for their selection.
While Rahul is coming off a highly successful IPL season for KXIP, Suresh Raina, who has scored more than 1,000 runs in T20 cricket this year, gives India a bowling option in case one of the bowlers have a bad day. And there is off-course Dinesh Karthik, whose last T20I innings won India the Nidahas Trophy final.
Jasprit Bumrah’s injury paved the way for uncapped Indian players to get a call-up for India’s T20 squad. After putting up consistent performances in the India-A tri-series, Deepak Chahar, who happens to be the leading wicket-taker (13 wickets in five matches) impressed one and all with a string of consistent performances. Will he and Krunal Pandya (injury replacement for Washington Sundar) get an opportunity, is one of the key subplots of the series?
On the bowling side of things, while India will miss the services of Jasprit Bumrah, their X-factors would ve their two wrist-spinners. Kuldeep and Chahal were well-nigh unplayable against Ireland, and consequently claimed 13 wickets between them in two matches.
The hosts are coming off a 6-0 drubbing of Australia across limited-overs format, and while it has to be admitted that Australia was without the services of their premier fast bowlers in Starc, Hazlewood, and Cummins, English batting looked imperious and at its menacing best.
In Bairstow, Buttler, Morgan, Roy, Hales, and Stokes they have a power-packed batting line-up, but the way they’ll counter the wrist-spinners during the middle-overs will probably define the series. So, who will win ENG vs IND? Let us delve in the betting odds as part of our ENG vs IND today match prediction.
Venue:- Old Trafford, Manchester
Match Timings:- Tuesday, July 03, 2018, 10:00 PM IST
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Run-scoring haven’t been at Old Trafford off-late. While no T20I has been played at the venue since September 2016, the one-day international between Australia and England was a rare occasion where batsmen found it tuff to get-going, as the Aussies were rolled over for 205 with Moeen Ali taking 4-46. England too found it difficult against the slow left-arm spin of Ashton Agar, and if that game is anything to go by, expect spinners to rule the roost.
The weather is expected to be clear and a full day’s game os expected.
ENG vs IND X-factors Betting Odds
ENG vs IND Match Facts
ENG vs IND Head-to-Head (Last 5 matches)
ENG vs IND Squads:-
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Alex Hales
Virat Kohli (c), Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Siddarth Kaul
ENG vs IND Today Match Prediction
As part of our ENG vs IND today match prediction, the odds in favour of England winning the match is 8/11, meaning a return of Rs 172.72 over 100, while that of India winning it are 11/10, implying a return of Rs 210 over a bid of 100.