India make two changes for England tour

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The crafty spinners have been troubling oppositions at will as they have been able to take wickets consistently in the middle overs even in unhelpful conditions.

It could be that England decide to take fewer risks against Kuldeep in the remaining matches to avoid a similar spate of debilitating wickets.

But Kuldeep Yadav did the damage with a maiden five-wicket haul at this level before Rahul (101no) made short work of the chase as India prevailed with eight wickets and 10 balls to spare, leaving England to contemplate a reality check following last month's six-game white-ball whitewash of Australia.

Kohli said his squad was expecting atough battle against England in their upcoming three-match T20 series, which begins at Old Trafford on Tuesday, as well as in five Tests and three ODIs that will keep them in England until September. The match would be streamed live on Sony Liv. Each of these individuals can run away with the game on their day and the form they are in at present, the Indian bowlers will definitely have their task cut-out.

On the other hand, Yadav will come into the side, replacing Bumrah even though India have two other fast-bowling options in Deepak Chahar and Siddharth Kaul. In the last couple of seasons Bumrah has been the go-to-man for Kohli in the death overs. The England wicket-keeper's knock was his seventh fifty in T20 internationals and took him past 5,000 runs in all T20 cricket. On the third and fourth delivery, he dismissed Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root for ducks to reduce England to 107 for 5 from 95 for 1.

It's still a mystery as to who all will make it to the first XI in the T20I series opener with Rohit, Dhawan, Rahul, Raina, all performing in the recent matches. That option will be dependent on pitch conditions, but it has been two very hot days by Manchester standards, and so both spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal could come into play in the baking sun.

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Rahul's good show in the second T20I against Ireland - 70 off just 36 balls - could actually put him slightly ahead in the race against Karthik and Pandey.

While England's game plan at the start of their batting innings is clear - and with Buttler at the top of the order, working better than ever - they need to work out a similar method once the fielding restrictions are over.

ENGLAND: Roy, Buttler (wkt), Root, Morgan (capt), Hales, Bairstow, Moeen, Willey, Plunkett, Jordan, Rashid.

Kuldeep's true impact would come in his next over - the innings-changing 14th - when he ripped out the guts with three victims.

The England vs India, 1st T20 worldwide will be played in Old Trafford, Manchester.

Virat Kohli will be the player to watch out for as he did not have an ideal outing in Ireland and will be itching to get some runs under his belt.

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