England wins toss, elects to field in 1st T20 against India

AHMEDABAD, India – England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field in the first Twenty20 international against India on Friday.

The world’s biggest cricket stadium — Narendra Modi Stadium — will host all five matches. Dew late in the day in Ahmedabad could encourage teams to chase after winning the toss.

“Last couple of nights at training there’s been a bit of dew around,” Morgan said. ”(With) five consecutive games on this ground, it’s probably going to turn and slow up as the series goes on, so that’s a part of our game we want to work on.”

India captain Virat Kohli said regular Twenty20 opener Rohit Sharma will rest in the first couple of games and KL Rahul will open with Shikhar Dhawan.

Kohli said he would have also batted first had he won the toss as he expected dew to play a “massive factor” in the second half of the game.

While England included four fast bowlers in Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan and Mark Wood, India has opted to play two fast bowlers and three spinners in Axar Patel, Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal.

India qualified for the world test championship final with a 3-1 victory in the test series against England, including victories at the same Ahmedabad venue in the last two tests.

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Lineups:

England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan (captain), Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

India: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal.

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