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India (Playing XI) -Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Suryakumar Yadav (IN FOR ISHAN KISHAN), Rishabh Pant (WK), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Chahar (IN FOR YUZVENDRA CHAHAL).
England (UNCHANGED PLAYING XI) – Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (WK), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (C), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli says he is happy and adds they were willing to take the challenge. Tells they would have batted first and were looking to improve aspects in their game. Kohli says this pitch looks the best in terms of hardness and eveness. Kohli says that he tells the boys to take pride and adds the body language in the last game was not good and that has been addressed in the last game. Kohli says batting and bowling is easier than fielding as it is a selfless act. Kohli says today is another challenge. Kohli informs there are two changes in the side, one forced. Rahul Chahar comes in and Kohli informs he might play the remainder of the games. Adds he replaces Chahal. Kohli also informs Ishan Kishan hurt his groin in the last game and he is replaced by Suryakumar Yadav.
England skipper, Eoin Morgan says that they will bowl again. He mentions that the surface looks harder and he would look to exploit the conditions. He mentions that the first 10 overs decide what total you set. He mentions that in the second innings the dew sets in and makes the chase easy. He further says that they are building towards the world cup. He mentions that they are still learning and ends by saying that winning is a bit tricky than losing.
TOSS – Time for the thing that has decided the fate of the game so far in this series. It is time for the coin flip. Indian skipper, Virat Kohli and England captain, Eoin Morgan are out in the middle. Up goes the coin, Morgan calls Heads and it comes down as Heads. ENGLAND OPT TO BOWL!
PITCH REPORT – Deep Dasgupta and Ajit Agarkar are the pitch analysts for the day. Dasgupta says that it is the same pitch that was used in the first T20I of the series. Agarkar says that the pitch is firm but has less grass than the previous game played on this track. Agarkar tells this pitch looks good for batting. Dasgupta says the game plan from England’s fast bowlers has been to pitch it short. Agarkar feels the big difference in this pitch is that it has taken a lot of time to settle. Fells this is the best pitch we have seen so far in the series. Agarkar still believes that chasing will be the way to go.
Out of the 5 T20Is in the series 3 are done and it is not a surprise that England have won two out of the 3 games. Though all the wins have been while chasing. It will be interesting to see whether we get a mammoth total from the team batting first in these remaining two games. On that note, a warm welcome to one and all for the 4th T20I. The penultimate one of the series and a must-win game for India with the perspective of keeping the series alive. Off late the home team has been facing the issue of strong and quickfire starts from its openers, KL Rahul’s failure has hurt India big time as the call for his dropping goes louder. Will Kohli back his ace batsman? For England too the issue is somewhat the same, in the first two games, Jason Roy got starts but he could not capitalise while Jos Buttler failed. In the last game, Roy departed early and Buttler came to the party. Will we see the two fire in tandem today? Apart from that bowling has been an issue for both sides. India has been leaking runs through their spinners while England have been poorer with their death bowling efforts. How will the teams address their bowling issues? To find out join us for the action but before that let’s see who wins the toss. It has been a crucial factor so far in the series. What will the captain do after winning the toss? Stay tuned to find out.
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