England steamrolled India by eight wickets and 27 balls to spare in the first T20I to take a 1-0 lead in the five match series. Both teams are keen to test the players, combinations, and different conditions as the upcoming T20 World Cup remains a priority. However, India will be keen not to go 2-0 down as that would make winning the series a difficult proposition.
India tried to adopt a new ‘aggressive template’ with their batting, but found the pace of English bowlers too hot to handle. Virat Kohli’s duck didn’t help the matters either, although Shreyas Iyer underlined his growing credentials.
As for your fantasy picks, Rishabh Pant and Iyer could be interesting choices considering their recent form. Hardik Pandya’s return to the bowling crease puts him top of the fantasy pick list. Yuzvendra Chahal leaked a few more runs than anticipated, but should fancy his chances of getting back to form.
England looked to be a completely different side, both in form and touch. Jason Roy and Jos Buttler were excellent at the top giving them a cutting edge. The distinct advantage for the visitors is in the bowling department, though. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood showed that extreme pace could be the way to go for England.
Coming to your fantasy picks, it could be Roy and Buttler who can be impressive picks. Both can add vital points to your side. Among the bowlers, Adil Rashid and Archer could be good picks to augment your fantasy points.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Jos Buttler could continue to be an excellent selection considering the value he brings as an all-rounder. His runs as an opener combined with his value on the field makes him a definite pick for your side.
Hardik Pandya was the only silver lining for India from the first T20I. He is back bowling some overs and his batting still has so much unfulfilled potential.
Jason Roy is one of the most exciting T20I openers, thanks to a batting style that suits the format perfectly. His aggression makes him a very important fantasy pick.
India: 1 Rohit Sharma 2 KL Rahul 3 Virat Kohli (C) 4 Shreyas Iyer 5 Rishabh Pant (WK) 6 Hardik Pandya 7 Axar Patel 8 Shardul Thakur 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10 Yuzvendra Chahal 11 Navdeep Saini
England: 1 Jos Buttler (WK) 2 Jason Roy 3 Dawid Malan 4 Eoin Morgan (C) 5 Jonny Bairstow 6 Ben Stokes 7 Moeen Ali 8 Joffra Archer 9 Chris Jordan 10 Adil Rashid 11 Mark Wood
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