Michael Vaughan feels that Team India can beat England in the fifth T20I, scheduled to be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium later today. The former England skipper argued that, unlike the visitors, India have won while batting first and second.
Virat Kohli and his men defied the toss advantage on Thursday to win the fourth T20I by eight runs and level the series at 2-2. The hosts did so in emphatic fashion, defending 185 on a batting-friendly wicket, and that too with the dew-factor in play.
“Going into Saturday’s game, India will be favourites because they have won both ways. England have only won one way which is chasing. They haven’t managed to bat first and win the game,” the 46-year-old was quoted as saying on Cricbuzz.
Michael Vaughan went on to explain why the result also bodes well for cricket as a whole. Interestingly, India’s was only the fourth instance of a team winning a T20I game in India since January 2019 while batting first. The remaining 12 games were all won by chasing sides.
“It is a good result for cricket because India have won it the hard way. The conversation over the last few games has been that you win the toss in India and you win the game,” he said
“Well, India have won batting first. They got a decent score on the board by playing with great power and skill. And then with the ball in hand, they only had 5 bowling options and the dew came down they bowled those cutters…” he added.
“England needed one innings of substance, one of over 70 from an individual and they would have gone over the line. But full credit to India, absolutely outstanding,” he further stated.
As far as India’s opening combination is concerned, Michael Vaughan picked youngster Ishan Kishan over KL Rahul as his opener for the fifth T20I. While KL Rahul has struggled for consistency in this series, Ishan Kishan smashed 56 on his international debut in the second game.
“Well, KL Rahul doesn’t play[if Ishan Kishan is fit and ready]. Simple. You can’t look at this other than a one-off game and who’s the best player at the minute, who’s playing with the most clarity and confidence,” said Vaughan, who played 82 Tests, 86 ODIs, and 2 T20Is for England.
“Ishan Kishan will open the batting and for me, KL Rahul is not being thrown out of the team forever. But just at this stage, he’s not playing with confidence, he’s struggling for form. So Ishan Kishan will come out to open the batting with Rohit, more Mumbai Indians, there you go!” he concluded.