Injured Bumrah ruled out of England T20 series

Injured Bumrah ruled out of England T20 series

Injured Bumrah ruled out of England T20 series

India's supremacy in the shortest format's is undoubted.

Catch all the action from the 1st T20I of India's Tour of England from Old Trafford in Manchester, on Tuesday 3rd July, 10:00 PM IST, 4:30 PM GMT. If you have a target in mind or a target in front of you, then you play according to that.

Regrouping after nearly a three-month long gap, India used the Ireland T20Is as a good warm-up, registering facile wins of 72 and 143 runs but more importantly giving the whole squad good game time before the challenging series against the Englishmen.

Although India have been a consistent limited over side during recent past, removing Jasprit Bumrah from might be a ridley step for the men in blue. They were quiet while Roy and Buttler put on 50 inside five overs, but found their voice when Roy edged a smear off fast bowler Umesh Yadav on to his stumps for 30.

Meanwhile, Indian off-spinner Washington Sundar is also unavailable for both the T20I and ODI series against England after he sustained ankle injury while playing football during the team practice session.

Buttler carried stunning IPL form, which saw him hit five consecutive half-centuries for his franchise, into England's worldwide season, nailing his Test recall then starring against Australia in the ODI series. Team India is ranked second in ICC T20I teams ranking whereas England is ranked fourth.

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The tussle for middle-order spots continue and the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey may miss out to accommodate KL Rahul, who smashed a quickfire 70 in Dublin last week after opening the innings. Although Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli and MS Dhoni pick themselves, the rest of the top six remains undecided.

The battle between English batsmen and India's wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will prove to be decisive. "In T20 cricket, you don't have second chances but we are pretty confident as a side".

Kuldeep's true impact would come in his next over - the innings-changing 14th - when he ripped out the guts with three victims. While Rashid followed that up with 3 wickets in the T20I against the Aussies, Ali picked one.

More surprisingly (or not), a pre-match press conference in Manchester has multiple references to the Indian Premier League, where only recently England had 13 participants - their most-ever. While Jordan and Plunkett looked impressive against Australia, picking three and two wickets respectively, Willey was slightly more economical and had a wicket to show for his efforts.

Then it was the turn of opener Rahul, who smashed his second T20 worldwide hundred en route his 54-ball-101 as India comfortably chased the target in 18.2 overs. Jos Buttler has been in some ominous form and will look to stamp his authority on the Indians.

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