India vs England preview: Hosts aim to level series in 4th T20I

Can India beat England in the 4th T20I and square the series at Ahmedabad?
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Can India fight back and level the T20I series?

India will be looking to regain momentum, after losing the third T20I against England at Ahmedabad. It is a “do or die” game for the hosts as England are already 2-1 up in the series after a convincing win in the third T20I. India will need to perform much better vs England in the 4th T20I, according to our statistical preview.

There are a lot of questions to answer, as far as team selection is concerned. The team management dropped Suryakumar Yadav for the third T20I, despite not facing a ball on debut. Moreover, Ishan Kishan was demoted to number three in the batting order, having scored a splendid fifty opening the batting the game before.

Tainted toss?

Another issue is the toss factor. The toss has been troubling India in the series so far. India have lost both games after losing the toss. The hosts would like to negate this factor coming into the 4th T20I. Kohli has been giving importance to being ready to bowl second in – an aspect in which his side have struggled with in the past.

“We want to work on setting targets as well, in preparation for the future”

India, batting first, seems a weaker team as they succumb under pressure pretty quickly. KL Rahul has been the culprit in the series so far and could do with a break. He has looked clueless against pace. Mark Wood was all over him in the third T20I, whilst saying that the toss is not decisive to winning the game. Moreover, his scores in the last 4 innings have been dissatisfying.

However, the Indian batting coach and skipper Virat had similar views regarding him after the match. Both had the views of backing him as he’s a key player of the side.

“He (KL Rahul) has been a champion player. He’ll continue to be one of our main players along with Rohit at the top of the order. It’s a matter of five-six balls in this format”.


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Chahal’s inefficiency with the ball is another concern for India heading towards a “do or die” game. England’s openers have opted to attack against India’s lead spinner. Roy made his statement clear earlier and Buttler’s intent against him in the third T20I will likely make India rethink their strategy.

Chahal has been a crucial asset for the team in the shortest format. He knows how to fight back against giants of the game.

Roy and Buttler charge

But, as of now, Chahal needs to review his line and lengths against the English openers. With Buttler and Roy having plenty of shots in their armoury, Chahal has to be on top of his game.

Losing both the games after batting first, India’s weakness has been in the powerplay. A slow start in the first six overs has impacted the final score massively. With KL Rahul being out of form, India are struggling to get runs in the powerplay.

AHMEDABAD, INDIA – MARCH 16: Jos Buttler of England hits runs during the 3rd T20 International between India and England at Narendra Modi Stadium on March 16, 2021 in Ahmedabad, India. England’s remaining three Twenty20 internationals against India will be played behind closed doors to help curb the spread of the Covid-19 in the state of Gujarat. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/Getty Images)

On the other hand, England’s openers have completely dominated in the powerplays so far. Despite the wicket of Roy, Buttler did not change his aggressive mindset, which in turn benefited the team in the 3rd T20I.

Dawid Malan hasn’t really been able to make a mark in the series so far. The top-ranked T20I batsman in the world has struggled to change the gear. He needs to integrate all his experience that he has built, playing leagues around the world, if he is to prosper on Indian pitches.


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What to expect

Though the top two sides in the format are facing one another, the series hasn’t seen a close contest yet. All three games have been one-sided. With the series at stake, India are expected to make a comeback and level the series. But, it will be tough against this England side.

There aren’t too many changes in the Indian side to expect but they’ll want to fit in Suryakumar Yadav in the middle-order, given his calibre. On the other hand, Wood has confirmed his place in the side with a steamy spell at Ahmedabad in the third T20I.

We hope you enjoyed our India vs England 4th T20I preview.

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