In what is turning out to be a see-saw battle between the sides, the hosts could not continue their winning run as once again the English side managed to come on top and take a 2-1 lead in the 5-match series. With just two more matches to be played in the series, this match stands to be a do-or-die for the Indians. The 4th match between the sides is all set to take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium, this Thursday.
The English side after winning the toss made the right decision to bowl first and it was once again their spearhead Mark Wood, who was back after missing the second T20I, who provided the early breakthroughs for the visitors and finished his spell picking up 3 wickets at the cost of 31 runs. The Indians found themselves at a distressing position at 24/3 after the powerplay and it was once again the skipper- Virat Kohli, who led the Indians to a decent total of 156 with a classy knock of 77* of 46 balls.
But the fact that the English batsmen are in exemplary form and the dew factor making things easier for the visitors. The target of 156 was rather easily chased down by England courtesy of a Man of the Match performance by Jos Buttler, who went on to score a commanding 83 of 52 balls and guided England to a comfortable victory.
The hosts who now find themselves in a must-win situation will be hoping they can level the series 2-2 and take the series to an action-packed series decider.
Can Virat Kohli once again lead from the front and bail India out? Or will it be the World No.1 side who see the better of their opponents?
Match Toss Time: 18:30 Local (13:00 GMT)
Match Start Time: 19:00 Local (13:30 GMT)
Match Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
The conditions pose no threat for the game as the forecast predicts clear skies throughout the course of the day. The temperature is expected to be hovering in the 31-25 degree Celsius and the humidity is anticipated to float in the 28-30 percent range.
The pitch turned out to be once again a competitive one as it showed no favoritism. The toss though will once again play a vital role in this encounter as the first three matches saw the team winning the toss go on and win the match. The team batting first should be looking to set a target of somewhere around the 180 range as anything under that is likely to be chased down comfortably.
The form of their opener KL Rahul has been a bit of concern as the 28-year old has managed to score only a solitary run in this series so far, from the three matches played. But as per the post-match conference by Virat Kohli, the Indian team and management clearly showed their backing for the opener and he is likely to make it in the playing Xl.
Shardul Thakur was slightly on the expensive side once again and he may be replaced by the CSK starlet- Deepak Chahar or Navdeep Saini. No other changes look likely from the Indian side.
Mark Wood once again provided the early inroads for the visitors and he will be the key once again if England are to wrap the series. With the players in good touch, England have no reasons to fiddle with their playing Xl.
Probable Playing Xl
India (IND): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini/Deepak Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal
England (ENG): Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
IND vs ENG Fantasy Team
Rishabh Pant, Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mark Wood, Jofra Archer
Captain Picks: Virat Kohli (IND), Dawid Malan (ENG)
Vice-captain Picks: Jos Buttler (ENG), Ishan Kishan (IND)
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