The Green Park stadium in Kanpur will be the setting on Thursday as India take on England in the first Twenty20 international of a three-match competition.
The home side have won the Test series and the ODI series quite convincingly coming into the shortest format of the contest.
Following the end of their campaign at the hands of West Indies at the ICC World T20 last year, India have featured in a couple of T20 series’. While they beat Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe 2-1 in June 2016, the side went on to lose to West Indies 1-0 in a two-match series in the USA that saw the second match washed out by rain.
England had done really well to reach the final of the ICC World T20 competition in India last year but were beaten by West Indies to the trophy. Since then, the side have played in a couple of T20I matches as a part of their home series’ against Sri Lanka and Pakistan last summer. While they defeated Sri Lanka by eight wickets at Southampton, England were beaten by Pakistan in September.
Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh will be the backbone of the Indian batting lineup as Suresh Raina makes a comeback. Manish Pandey and Mandeep Singh are also expected to play a significant role while Jaspreet Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ashish Nehra compete for places in the bowling lineup. Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are not in the T20 side with Amit Mishra and Yuzvendra Chahal given a chance to impress. Yuvraj will be the man to watch out for.
Moeen Ali, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Alex Hales, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes are the seven English batsmen who will look to keep India at bay in this upcoming series. Chris Jordan, who has done well in the shortest format in the past, finds a place along with David Willey, Liam Plunkett and Jake Ball the others who are in contention to make the first XI. Morgan will be the key man for the visitors following some sparkling form in the last two ODIs.
The two sides have met eight times in 20-over cricket in the past. England have won five of those contests with India winning twice. The hosts have been on the losing side in their last two meetings against England.
Match starts at 4:30 pm local time (11 am GMT).
India v England 1st T20I predictions:
India to win (odds 8/11 at time of writing with bet365
Eoin Morgan to be top batsman for England