The Indian cricket team, which failed to perform as expected in two of the three matches against England, will play its fourth T20 match on Thursday. In this do-or-die match, it will be a challenge to draw a five-match series against Team India. The match will start at 7 pm in Ahmedabad. The Indian team would like to know that if they lose the toss, the outcome of this match will not be decisive. The team chasing the target by winning the toss so far in this five-match series has easily won. However, Indian captain Virat Kohli has consistently focused on good performances. He says that India will chase the T20 World Cup to be held at home this year and perform well in batting and bowling.
Team India has lost two of the three matches in this series. England have taken a 2-1 lead in the series by playing professional cricket and will be looking to win the series in the fourth T20 instead of the fifth.
India have struggled in the powerplay in the two matches they have lost by batting first and it has had a direct impact on death overs. India have suffered the consequences of the failure of opener Lokesh Rahul. However, Kohli has made it clear that the Karnataka opener will start the innings with Rohit Sharma.
England’s stormy pace bowlers Joffra Archer and Mark Wood have troubled the Indian batsmen a lot in the powerplay. In addition to catching wickets early on, both the bowlers are also making good use of the extra bounces from the pitch. Indian bowlers, on the other hand, especially Yujvendra Chahal, known as Kohli’s Trump card, could not put the English batsmen in trouble. Chahal has cast an expensive spell in both the matches. Hardik’s return as an all-rounder has also been normal. He has yet to take a single wicket. Returning from injury, Bhuvneshwar bowled tight but could not pick up a regular wicket with the new ball.
Like India, England will try to win at any cost. Jose Butler’s form has raised concerns in India. Butler can remove the shells of any bowling attack when he is in form. Johnny Barristo, who flopped in two Tests against India, signaled his return to form with an unbeaten 40 in the third match on Tuesday. England are now waiting for David Malan, the world’s number one T20 player, to return to form. Skipper Eoin Morgan can also increase the run rate by batting explosively. The England team is winning by playing as a unit.
VR Sunil Gohil