India Tour of England 2018: The Battle of Pride

India tour of England 2018

India tour of England 2018

Third Test Match, Day4: India have come back strongly in the series in the third test match after losing the first two games. In the third test match after Joe Root inserted India after winning the toss, the Indian batsmen made the most of the batting conditions which surprisingly were good just after the opening hour of the test. This is what you get with the English weather, one session it can be cloudy and gloomy and the next session the ground will be baked in sunshine. Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, missed out on his second century of the series when he was dismissed for 97 off Adil Rashid. Rahane came back roaring into form with a polished 81. Their contributions took India to a first innings total of 329. Indian innings ended in the first session under dark skies which made bowling a bit easier.

Indian bowlers made full use of the conditions and skitted England all out inside a longish middle session on second day for 161 thus gaining a lead of 168 runs. In the second innings Indians batted slowly but solidly and this time Kohli did complete his century. India declared just an hour before close at 352 for 7 giving England an improbable target of 521 runs to win the test.

Hardik Pandya scored a fifty in second innings to go along with his maiden five wicket haul when India were bowling. India will be pushing for a win on the fourth day of the third test thus making the series interesting at 2-1. The next test begins on the 30th August at Southampton.

Second Test Match, Day 1: The day 1 of the second test was indeed frustrating for both the teams. The persistant rains did not let the match to happen between India and England at Lord’s on Thursday. The match got canceled at 4:50 pm without a ball being bowled. Now the remaining four matches will have 96 overs each to compensate for the lost time.

First Test Match, Day 4: England has finally won the first test match by 31 runs against India after knocking down the last man Hardik Pandya, sending the whole Indian team back to the pavilion with 162/9 runs in hand. Stokes emerged as a key player in today’s match for the England team after taking an important wicket of Virat Kohli this morning.

First Test Match, Day 3: India scored 110 runs at stumps chasing the target of 194 runs and losing five wickets in their second innings on Friday. The unbeaten Captain Virat Kohli (43) and Dinesh Kartik (18) were at play and India required 84 more runs to achieve the target of 194. England bowling team led by Stuart Broad took half the wickets of the Indian team under beneficial overcast conditions. The England team demonstrated good bowling techniques in the match, sometimes making the batting challenging for the Indian batsmen.

First Test Match, Day 2: of the first test match witnessed an exciting innings played by the Indian skipper Virat Kohli at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. He scored a total of 149 runs on the second day of the first test before wrapping up for the day at 274 runs. This was Virat’s 22nd century in the test cricket series at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. Sam Churran also showcased impressive bowling taking four wickets in his kitty.

First Test Match, Day 1: This match was a steady start for India against England as the Indian team managed to send the hosts backs to the pavilion with 287 runs in the first innings. Sam Curran brought England again on its foot by taking the wickets of K L Rahul and Murali Vijay in the same over. Yesterday’s match showed how swiftly the events can take a drastic turn in the test matches. Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root not only crossed the half-century mark but also the score of 216/3 on the scoreboard. With this performance, they were about to take the match away from the hands of the touring side, when the Indian captain, Virat Kohli ran out Root at 80 runs. The Indian team took five more wickets after Root till stumps. England only managed to add 69 runs more to the total score and wrapped up the match with 285/9.

India take on England in the first of five Test match series at Edgbaston. England being the home team would be looking to take advantage of the familiar conditions, while India would be looking to overcome the embarrassment faced by the team in the Test series in 2014, after losing out 3-1. Team India won the T-20 International series 2-1, while England won the ODI series with same scoreline. The England team have announced a 13-man squad for the first Test, while India has announced an 18-man squad for the first three Test. The match is scheduled to take place at 3:30 PM IST tomorrow.

England team announced a 13-member squad for the first Test match against India starting from August 1, to be played at Edgbaston. One of the major talking point during the announcement of England’s Test squad was the surprise inclusion of leg-spinner Adil Rashid. He has been a regular in the England squad for the T-20 internationals and ODI, but the right-arm spinner got a call-up to the England Test team after being two years away from the longest format. Adil made his last appearance for England in a Test match against India in Chennai, two years back in 2016. In England, County Championship plays an important role in the selection process for Tests, Adil represents Yorkshire, however, in his recent contract extension with his county club he opted to play 4-day Test matches for the Yorkshire. His inclusion in the team raised eyebrows among the former player and experts, as they vented out frustration on the absurd inclusion.

Kuldeep Yadav has been rewarded for his scintillating bowling displays during the recently concluded ODI series against England with a call-up to the Test squad for the upcoming 5-match Test series in England. Board of Cricket Control in India announced the Test squad for the first three Tests, while giving wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant his maiden Test call-up in the 18-players squad. Seasoned Test campaigners Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Cheteshwar Pujara have been recalled to the Test side. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Wriddhiman Saha are the notable absentees from the India’s Test squad, although, BCCI is still assessing Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s apparent back injury suffered during the third and last ODI. India A captain Karun Nair, currently playing playing in the UK has made it into the team as a reserved batsman by trumping Rohit Sharma. Virat Kohli returns to the Test fold and will be leading the charge against England, as India looks to bounce back from the defeat in ODI series and register a Test series win on the English soil after 11 years.

Joe Root continued his mesmerising form with a second successive century as England clinched the third and decisive ODI in a series deciding match. England put up yet another all-round performance with bat and bowl to avenge for their T-20 series defeat by winning the three-match ODI series 2-1. England won the toss and decided to put Team India to bat first, Indian openers got off to a shaky start with Rohit dismissed early. However, Captain Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan steadied the ship for India, before Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the tail-enders contributed meagerly. The Men in Blue set a target of 257 for the English side, England got off to a flying start but after the fall of openers, Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan built a match winning partnership. Joe Root Contributed with a century while Eoin Morgan chipped in with an 88-run knock. Adil Rashid was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match for his superb bowling display, with a bowling figure of 10-overs for 49-runs and picked up three crucial wickets. Joe Root was the Man-of the Series for his 216 runs in the series and only getting out once. With the T-20 and ODI series concluded both teams shift their focus to 5-match test series that starts from August 1, as India would like to avenge the defeat of ODI series as well as the humiliation that the team faced 4 years ago in the test series.

After a nerve-racking T-20 International series, India and England are headed to yet another series decider match, when the home side take on India at Headingley to decide the fate of the ODI series. In both the series, England came back from behind to level the series. India would be looking to clinch yet another series on the English soil before heading into the five-match Test series that begins from August 1. Team India would be hoping for the top-order to continue their mesmerising form that saw them decimate the English bowlers throughout the tour up until now, as the middle order is yet to click. English team will be looking to negate the left-arm orthodox spinner Kuldeep Yadav who bamboozled the English batting line-up with a superb bowling display in the first and second ODI. The resurgent England team would be looking to avenge the defeat in the T-20 series and make the fans and spectators across the country proud by winning the ODI series, with the three-match series tied at 1-1.

England bounced back with an emphatic victory over the visitors after the defeat in first ODI to set a series decider on 17th July at Headingley. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow gave a formidable start to the English side who came out to bat first, Joe Root came in at number 3 and scored a well engineered 113-off-116 balls with support from captain Eoin Morgan. After the fall of Eoin Morgan’s wicket Joe Root and David Willey guided the English team to a total of 322 for the fall of 7 wickets. Team India’s Kuldeep Yadav continued his fine form with the ball and picked up 3 wickets but this time he proved to be expensive along with other bowlers in the team. Indian openers came out to chase down the total however faltered from the beginning with last match’s centurion Rohit Sharma getting out for measly 15 runs. None of the Indian batsman could convert the starts into a big-knock, everyone from thereon chipped in with small contributions including Captain Kohli who fell short of a fifty by five runs. Eventually, the rising run-rate and faltering of wickets saw Men in Blue getting all-out for 236 with England’s Liam Plunkett dismantling the Indian batting line-up with 4-for-46. Joe Root was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match for his cooly hit century.

Rohit Sharma continued his brilliant form after following up his unbeaten 100 run knock in the last T-20 International by scoring another ton and guiding India home to a comfortable 8-wickets victory with a ball to spare. However, the star performer of the day was Kuldeep Yadav who put up a Man of the Match performance with scintillating bowling display by picking up 6 wickets for 25 runs in his 10 overs. England team were put into bat first as Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl, with English batsmen getting off to a good start before failing to convert them into big knocks, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler steadied the ship for England with both batsmen hitting 50s before becoming a scalp of Kuldeep Yadav. Man of the Match Kuldeep Yadav tore apart the English batting line-up and restricted them to a total of 268 runs. Team India came out to chase down the total with centurion Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan setting up a formidable platform for the latter batsmen to reach the target comfortably.

India and England are set to lock horns once again as this time around the teams will be battling it out to clinch the ODI Series starting from today at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. After an impressive run of form during the T-20 International series, India will be looking to dominate the three-match ODI series in a similar fashion. On the other hand, No. 1 ODI team England, would be looking to avenge the defeat suffered in the T-20 series and return to the scintillating form that has seen them rise to the top of the ODI rankings. English batsman Joe Root believes that this Indian team is a different challenge then the last month’s visiting Australian team, who were decimated 5-0 in the ODI series. He acknowledged the Team India’s good run of form and it is one of the best team in the world in 50-over format.

After an mesmerising performance to win the T20 International series 2-1, Team India is ready to put up a similar show when the team walks out for the first of three match ODI series on Thursday at Trent Bridge. England are currently the No. 1 ranked ODI side in the world after dismantling the visiting Australian ODI side 5-0 at their home. On the other hand, India buoyed by their recent performances in the T20 series on the English soil would look to utilise the opportunity to strike a blow to the top ranked ODI side. Team India can overtake the English side if they manage to do clean sweep over the host in 3 match ODI seroes. Captain Virat Kohli would be looking to adapt and prepare his squad for the next year’s Cricket World Cup that will be hosted in England during the English summers.

The three match ODI series begins on 12 July, with India going into the series with a positive momentum after clinching the T-20 series 2-1 in Bristol. The first ODI will be played in Nottingham, as England looks to bounce back and take advantage of the home conditions. Team India have been dealt a blow before the start of the ODI series with Jasprit Bumrah due to a thumb injury he suffered in India’s first T20I against Ireland, the right-arm pacer will be replaced by Shradul Thakur. Bumrah is racing against time to be fit before the test series begins on 1 August, but it is likely that he will be fit in time for the second test match of the 5-match test series.

India clinched the three-match T-20 International against England in the most emphatic way, chasing down the target of 199 set by England. The host, who had levelled the series in Cardiff, performed exceptionally well in batting-friendly Bristol pitch by setting a target of close to 200. England got off to a flying start with opener Jason Roy and Jos Buttler targeting the Indian bowling line-up from the word go, with the former hitting 63-off-31 balls, the middle order chipped in with significant contribution. However, the Indian bowlers bowled to their strengths in the last 5 overs to restrict the score below 200, although, at one point it was looking as if the home side will breach the 220-mark. Indian came out with all guns blazing even after stumbling over early on in the innings, as vice-captain Rohit Sharma bamboozled the English bowling line-up all across the park. he scored an unbeaten century with support from captain Kohli, who steered the innings from one end while allowing Rohit to continue with his momentum. Hardik Pandya joined in the party after the departure of Indian captain, while Rohit Sharma along with Hardik guided India to chase down the mammoth total of 199 with 8 balls to spare and 7 wickets in hand. Hardik Pandya who played a great cameo with bat and bowl, first by picking up a 4-for and scoring a quick fire 33 off 14 balls and sending the ball over the boundary ropes to cruise home. Rohit Sharma was announced as the Man of the Match as well as Man of the Series as the first round goes to Team India.

The host England levelled the three match T-20 series by winning the second T-20 International match in Cardiff. Team India were put in to bat first after England won the toss and elected to bowl. Indian team posted a total of 148 for 5 wickets, with Captain Kohli leading from the front and scoring 47 runs after the top 3 batsmen failed to make a significant impact. English bowlers David Willey and Liam Plunkett were economical and picked up one wicket each while restricting the Men in Blue to a modest total. England team came out to chase down the total but were dealt early blow with the top order failing to convert the starts into good score. However, Alex Hales with his unbeaten 58 runs innings forged a formidable partnership with Jonny Bairstow. Hales guided the team home in nerve-racking final over with only two balls to spare. With the series levelled, third match on Monday is going to be series clincher as both teams will be battling it out.

India tour of England kicked-off with the visiting team clinching the first T-20 International by chasing down the target of 160 with 10-balls to spare. Team India will be up against an England team looking to avenge the defeat of first of three T-20 International by putting up a fight in the second T-20 International. Men in Blue would look to wrap up the series in Cardiff today with a victory, while England would be looking to level the series. If India is able to manage to win the match today, the visitors will win sixth successive T-20 International series. K L Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav, the main protagonists of India’s victory in the first match, would look to continue their good form and cause problem to the English unit, while English players will looking to bounce back in their own territory.

The quadrennial series between India and England is all set to kick-off today, with India team looking to avenge the humiliation suffered on the English soil last time around in 2014. India vs England always brings back the intense rivalry due to the colonial past, reinvigorates the passion and excitement for the game of cricket among all the Indian and English supporters for their respective teams.

India tour of England 2018 comprises of 5Tests, 3 One-Day Internationals, and 3 T-20 Internationals, with the later commencing from today. Four years ago, when the Indian team toured England during the English summer, it was an unforgettable experience for Team India. The team was annihilated in the test series with one win out of five match test series saw England emerge 3-1 victorious over India. The Men in Blue bounced back in the ODI series with the same score line in five match ODI series; however, lost the one off T-20 International.

Team India would be seeking redemption, as they go into the tour as the No. 1 Test team, while England team would be looking to improve their ranking in Test, ODI, and T-20. This is India’s first high profile overseas tour since the tour of South Africa in December 2017. With IPL over, Indian Cricket Team shifts focus back on playing and competing for the country.

India tour of England 2018 schedule

India heads for a two and half months of English summers as India tours England, with cricketing spectacle lined up till mid-September Indian and English cricket fans all over the world are in for a treat.

Here is the complete schedule of India’s tour of England 2018:


India tour of England T-20 Series 2018

 Match  Date  Time  Venue
 1st T-20 International  03/07/18  10:00 PM (IST)  Old Trafford, Manchester
 2nd T-20 International  06/07/18  10:00 PM (IST)  Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
 3rd T-20 International  08/07/18  06:30 PM (IST)  County Ground, Bristol


India tour of England ODI Series 2018

 Match  Date  Time  Venue
 1st ODI International  12/07/18  05:00 PM (IST)  Trent Bridge, Nottingham
 2nd ODI International  14/07/18  03:30 PM (IST)  Lord’s, London
 3rd ODI International  17/07/18  05:00 PM (IST)  Headingley, Leeds


India tour of England Test Series 2018

 Match  Date  Time  Venue
 1st Test  01/08/18-05/08/18  03:30 PM (IST)  Edgbaston, Birmingham
 2nd Test  09/08/18-13/08/18  03:30 PM (IST)  Lord’s, London
 3rd Test  18/08/18-22/08/18  03:30 PM (IST)  Trent Bridge, Nottingham
 4th Test  30/08/18-03/09/18  03:30 PM (IST)  The Rose Bowl, Southampton
 5th Test  07/09/18-11/09/18  03:30 PM (IST)  Kennington Oval, London


 India tour of England 2018 Squad

With both the teams gearing up for a long and exciting summer tour, both have gone in with the strongest possible squad for the T-20 Internationals and ODI, while the squad for the Test Series will be announced later.

Here is the travelling squad of India and host England for the 3 T-20 Internationals and 3 ODIs:

England: Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, TomCurran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Dawid Malan, Ben Stoke, Mark Wood

India: Virat Kohli(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni,Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Suresh Raina, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Krunal Pandya

India tour of England 2018 T-20 Squad

England: Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Dawid Malan

India: Virat Kohli(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav,Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar

India tour of England 2018 ODI Squad

England: Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Mark Wood

India: Virat Kohli(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni,Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Shradul Thakur, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Suresh Raina, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel

India tour of England 2018 Test Squad

India’s Test Squad for first three test: Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Hardik Pandya, Mohd. Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav

England Test Squad: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Jos Buttler, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Sam Curran, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jamie Porter, Ben Stokes.

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