Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

India star bowler ruled out of England T20 series

India star bowler ruled out of England T20 series

On Monday, Kohli walked into his first media conference of the two-month-plus-long tour of England with one hand in his pocket.

For now, there's no talk of the need for India to adjust to unforgiving conditions or for England to pile on the misery with "home advantage". Virat Kohli is yet to hit a century in the limited over format.

The participation of English players in the IPL has only increased the "warmth" among rival players but on field, India skipper Virat Kohli expects a high intensity battle between both teams during the long tour beginning here tomorrow.

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Among those set to provide the hosts with plenty more to ponder is leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal - who took a career-best six for 25 as England suffered an alarming collapse of eight wickets for eight runs to lose by 75 the last time they ran into him.

India are in town, and that usually means packed stadiums anywhere in the world, but Old Trafford on Tuesday will be some way short of a full house.

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Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya and Chennai Super Kings medium pacer Deepak Chahar on Sunday (1st July) earned their maiden India call after star pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Washington Sundar were ruled out of the T20I series. No one can guarantee results but just wanting to win every ball, every session we play. "That's something that I wanted to go and experience because we don't get to play so much cricket here before we come on tour", he said.

The home team is expected to play the same XI which won against Australia last week at the Edgbaston. It is a great time to play cricket there. In such circumstances, it would be vital to maintain mental balance and team spirit, Kohli pointed out. India will certainly look to better this record and repeat what they did in the limited overs in the South Africa tour. "Wind is different. From a familiarity point of view it is a thing of comfort when you get weather conditions like this as soon as you arrive here", Kohli said.

India were so comfortable that when Rohit Sharma fell for 32, picking out Eoin Morgan at cover off Rashid, Rahul and Kohli could just knock around singles in a sedate conclusion.

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Midfielders Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui scored in the 48th and 52nd minutes to give Japan a surprising 2-0 lead. This was similar to the performances against Costa Rica and Serbia last week when they did just about enough to win.

The tussle for middle-order spots continue and the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey may miss out to accommodate KL Rahul, who smashed a quickfire 70 in Dublin last week after opening the innings. While Chris Jordan was the third man out first ball - caught and bowled by Umesh Yadav off his pad - David Willey was in no mood to go down with a whimper, blasting 29 from 15 balls, adding a touch of fight in some verbals with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and an early breakthrough in the chase when Shikhar Dhawan played on in the first over. "Next phase is going to be very important for us, but that's quite far away".

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