Kuldeep Picks 5/24 as England End at 159/8

Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah

While India has been a consistent limited overs side during the past decade, England have finally found their mojo in ODIs and T20s, courtesy a group of fantastic limited overs players like Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Alex Hales and not to forget captain Eoin Morgan though.

India are slated to play three-match T20I series, three-match ODI series and five Tests beginning July 3. Kohli & Co. made their journey across the globe in anticipation of cold and damp weather, but they got none of it in Ireland.

The Indian middle-order is an area where Kohli will look to get it right as KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey fight for a slot.

Talking about the team combinations, Kohli said that the batting order is going to be flexible and not "one-dimensional".

India will miss the service of Jasprit Bumrah and Washington Sundar who are ruled out of the series due to injury. Skipper Virat Kohli does have Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Hardik Pandya and Deepak Chahar to pick from, but missing the spearhead will definitely be a cause for concern.

"I heard a lot of people are keen to go and play and they should". Indian cricket team's supremacy in shorter formats is redoubtable but India will have their task cut out against a vastly improved England in the opening T20 worldwide in what will be a defining summer for Virat Kohli and his team. But Kuldeep returned to have Buttler caught at long-on for 69 from 46 balls, and India were in control.

Buttler continued from where he left in the IPL, where he struck five successive half-centuries for the Rajasthan Royals and finished the tournament with 548 runs from 13 matches at a strike-rate of 155.24. They said it is a great setup to be a part of.

Nine days after his astonishing century here sealed a 5-0 one-day whitewash against Australia, Buttler motored his way to a 29-ball half-century, his seventh score of 50 or more in his last nine global innings.

India will also play 3 One-Day Internationals against England, with the first match scheduled at Nottingham on Thursday next week.

India will play three T20Is games against England.

"We believe in our abilities, and we obviously have a lot of Twenty20 experience".

Kohli, who scored 455 runs in 11 limited overs matches in the 2017-18 season, expects a confident England to burst out of the blocks.

"Playing against a good team in their conditions and at their home, to get the opportunity to be able to beat them in their home conditions, it is a point of excitement for us and not pressure", Kohli said.

Eight of the team likely to face Chahal again at Old Trafford today were in the one bamboozled by him in the T20 at Bangalore previous year.

England will be banking the feelgood momentum of their victories over Australia.

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