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India vs England 1st T20 Predictions & Tips - England can upset the odds in opener

  • India vs England predictions for Thursday’s T20 cricket match
  • The match will be played in Ahmedabad at 13:30 GMT
  • Dawid Malan averages over 53 in T20 cricket and is the world’s best T20 batsman
  • I am tipping England to win the 1st T20 against India
  • Predictions, stats, team news & preview
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England have been in superb T20 form with 8 wins from their last 10 matches (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 10 Mar 2021
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India vs England Predictions


Unlike in the longer format, England should be able to handle conditions with so many of their players playing in the IPL. Both teams look incredibly strong on paper but my best bet is for England to get off to a winning start.

  • India have won 8 of their last 11 T20 matches.
  • India’s Virat Kohli has scored 40 & 85 runs in 2 of his last 3 T20I matches.
  • England’s Dawid Malan averages 53.43 in T20I cricket.
  • England’s Dawid Malan is the world No. 1 ranked T20 batsman.
  • England’s Dawid Malan has scored 55 & 99 in 2 of his last 3 T20I matches.
  • England have won 8 of their last 10 T20 matches.

Head to Head


India and England are level at 7-7 in their 14 T20I matches. Their last encounter took place in 2018 where India won by seven wickets in Bristol.

India Form


India have won 11 of their last 15 T20I matches whilst only suffering defeat on two occasions. There were two tied matches but India won both of those in a Super Over.

They won their most recent T20 series 2-1 in Australia although they did lose the final match of the series. Australia batted first in Sydney and scored 186 runs. Washinton Sundar was the pick of the Indian bowlers, taking 2-34.

Virat Kohli batted magnificently in the chase but he had little other support. Kohli was eventually dismissed for 86 runs as India suffered a 12-run loss.

India Injuries & Team News


India have a magnificent T20 squad so will make numerous changes during the series as they look to build towards the T20 World Cup.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are likely to start the series as the opening batsmen. They will however have to find a place for KL Rahul within the top four.

Allrounder, Hardik Pandya is also back in the squad while Rishabh Pant has had a superb season thus far, albeit in different formats.

England Form


England are currently ranked third on the ICC T20 rankings and will look to knock India off their No.1 perch during the series. They come into this having won eight of their last 10 T20I matches.

England’s last series ended in a 3-0 whitewash of South Africa in November 2020. The last match saw South Africa score 191 runs at Newlands but England cruised home to win by nine wickets.

World No.1 T20 batsman, Dawid Malan smashed 99 runs off 47 balls while Joss Buttler scored 67 off 46 balls. The incredible batting depth of the English will stand them in good stead going into this series. 

England Injuries & Team News


T20 stars Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler have returned to India for the T20 series after being given a rest during the Test series.

Ben Stokes is one of very few players to remain in India after the final Test. The likes of Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid have joined the squad.

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Verdict

I'm backing England to upset the odds in the opener. World No.1 T20 batsman, Dawid Malan is tipped to top score for England and claim the man of the match award.

Virat Kohli's consistency is extraordinary and is backed to be India's top batsman.

Best Bet: England Win Result @120.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best India Batsman Tip: Virat Kohli Best India Batsman @250.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best England Batsman Tip: Dawid Malan Best England Batsman @333.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Man of the Match Tip: Dawid Malan Man of the Match @1200.0 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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