The fourth match of India vs England T20I series is scheduled to be held on the 18th of March, 2021 at the Motera Stadium or the Narendra Modi Stadium of Ahmedabad. India and England are two of the fiercest cricketing rivals in the world and cricket fans all around the globe follow their matches. The India tour of England 2020-21 began with a four-match test series, which was followed by the ongoing T20I series which comprises five matches.
England lost to India 3-1 in the test series, and thus they have been searching for a chance to redeem themselves in the T20I series. England has been leading in the series 2-1. The visitors have won the first and the third match of the series. India is thus looking for a chance to prove itself as well. If the hosts win this match, then the series will be evenly placed. If the visitors win this match, then they will win the entire series. This match is thus extremely crucial for both teams.
The Series So Far
The visitors have dominated the series so far. Both India and England are known for their T20 skills, but England seems to have emerged as the better of the two teams in this case. In the first match, it restricted India to a paltry total of 123 and won the game, with Jason Roy and Jos Buttler putting up memorable performances. India won the second match, riding on the brilliant performances of Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli. While Kishan scored a brilliant 56, Kohli top-scored the Indian innings with a magnificent 73 off 49 balls. In the following match, England won again.
The Indian top-order crumbled while batting first, and the hosts could only put up a target of 157 runs on the board. Kohli again led from the front with a fighting 77 off 46 balls. The English run chase was led and defined by the efforts of two players – Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow. Jos Buttler top-scored the English innings with a brilliant 83 off 52 balls. His innings consisted of 4 sixes and 5 fours and had a strike rate of 159.62. On the other hand, Jonny Bairstow scored a brisk and important 40 off 28 balls, which included 5 fours. None of the Indian bowlers could pick up more than a single wicket. This has been the series so far for both teams. Given the stats and the records, the records do seem to tilt slightly on England’s favour. However, it’s still difficult to predict anything concrete.
India Vs England Squad News
India has been facing some problems in its team. KL Rahul who is one of the batting mainstays of the team is in poor form, might be dropped for the upcoming match. India might also consider roping in an extra pacer for the game in the form of Navdeep Saini. This might also help its cause. England on the other hand will probably not be making any changes to its playing XI.
India (tentative): Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
England (tentative): Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan, Jofra Archer, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
The Motera wicket has been known for being a tricky one to play shots on. However, it is known for loosening up for the batsmen as the game progresses. All the teams who have batted second have won the games. Therefore, the toss shall be of crucial importance in this case.
India and England have faced off for a total of 17 times in T20I matches. In these matches, India has won for a total of 8 times and England has won in 9 matches. The scales thus are inherently tipped in the favour of England by a little bit. But these two sides are the best T20I sides now. Both are hopeful about winning this series, which shall act as a preparatory stage for the upcoming T20I World Cup in October 2021 which has been scheduled in India.
Therefore, both teams shall be trying their best to capture this match. This match decides who shall win the series in one sense. India has been losing and that has been saddening a lot of fans of Indian cricket. Both the teams shall try their best in the upcoming match and present good cricket to the fans.