Deadline: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: ICC Academy Ground, Dubai
In the only game played at the venue, between Scotland and Namibia, we witnessed a total of 387 runs being smashed. The same pitch will be used for the game between Pakistan and West Indies, which is scheduled in the afternoon today. The used wicket might see some wear and tear, but expect runs to come thick and fast nonetheless.
Please note that, usually, teams rest their marquee players in warm-up fixtures to keep them fit for the flagship tournament. For example, if Virat Kohli plays, the management rests Rohit Sharma and vice-versa. It, however, depends on several factors such as injuries and strategies, among others.
Probable XI for India: Rohit Sharma/Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammad Shami, Rahul Chahar
Probable XI for England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, David Willey/Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood
Make sure you edit your teams once the line-ups are announced. That being said, the best fantasy tip is to pick as many all-rounders as you can to stay ahead in the race.
Players to watch out for
With 626 runs at an incredible average of 62.6, KL Rahul finished as the third-highest run-scorer in the recently concluded Indian T20 League.
Dawid Malan ranks No. 1 in ICC T20I Rankings for batters. His recent heroics includes a total of 214 runs comprising three half-centuries in The Hundred League earlier this year.
In the T20Is between India and England, Virat Kohli’s 577 are the most. Jos Buttler (373 runs) appears second in the list.
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are the only players to have scored a hundred when the two teams locked horns.
Chris Jordan has impressive bowling figures against India: he has taken 10 wickets, although it came at 9.5 runs per over.
In the 5-match T20I series earlier this year, Shardul Thakur ended up as the highest wicket-taker. His 8 wickets came at an impressive strike of 13.
In the UAE leg of the Indian T20 League, Jason Roy’s scores read 60, 2, 10, 44, and 34. Against India, he has smacked 325 runs at a strike rate of 143.
In warm-up games, teams look to employ as many players as they can. This helps the management finalise their strategies and player roles for the tournament.
Given the nature of the wicket, the captains will look to bat first, set up a competitive target, and then test their bowling strengths.
In head-to-head contests, India lead with 10 wins in 19 T20Is.
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