England vs India, 1st T20I Dream11 Daily Fantasy Tips

Final Fantasy XI

Wicketkeeper: Jos Buttler, Dinesh Karthik

Batters: Liam Livingstone, Deepak Hooda, Rohit Sharma, Jason Roy

Allrounders: Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel

Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Chris Jordan

C/VC: Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone


We’d be lying if we said we had a one-size-fits-all shoe for this game. The fixture has a lot of complexities, from players returning to top-level cricket after a long break (read: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, and Sam Curran) to it being played on one of England’s trickiest T20 decks, The Rose Bowl in Southampton.

Why do we believe The Rose Bowl is one of England’s most challenging T20 decks? Because of its large boundaries and ability to aid spin bowlers, the venue brings quality bowling units into play, which works against England’s natural attacking batting style.

The Rose Bowl is Hampshire wrecker-in-chief Liam Dawson’s home deck. The legspinner Mason Crane rose to national prominence due to his success in bowling here. And the following are the combined T20I numbers of Australia’s and England’s top SLAs at the venue:

Ashton Agar and Liam Dawson at Southampton: 20-0-138-8

If you have guessed the relevance of this SLA point already, congratulations. If not, it is that Axar Patel’s fantasy potential is higher today than it usually is in England. But, once again, there is a problem. India hasn’t shown much faith in the left-arm spinner recently, and the potential will only be realised if he’s used effectively here.

Number of overs bowled by Axar Patel in the last 2 T20Is: 3

That is not all. We’ll also have to contend with the fact that England has seven frontline bowling options in Jordan, Mills, Topley, Parkinson, Sam Curran, Livingstone, and Moeen. As a result, a couple of their bowlers will be underbowled. Given that India has only one left-hander in its top six, Moeen Ali is bound to be affected. The other, however, is difficult to predict. 

And last but not least, the Indian openers are a source of concern as well. Rohit Sharma has been one of the IPL’s worst batters since 2017, but that hasn’t stopped him from performing at the international level. Perhaps the length of the IPL makes it difficult for the Indian captain to deliver, but with T20Is typically consisting of three games per series, he has thrived, whether at home or away.

  • Rohit Sharma in IPL since 2017: 2005 runs at 25/126
  • Rohit Sharma in T20Is since 2017: 1945 runs at 33/147

Ishan Kishan, who finished the IPL on a high note and began the T20I series against South Africa with a bang, hasn’t scored more than 30 runs in any of his last five innings.

Ishan Kishan’s scores in his last 5 T20 innings: 27, 15, 26, 3, 16

In a game with so many unknowns, you must get the basics right. So here are the game’s five most dependable fantasy picks:

  • Jos Buttler – Class, form, and support points in wicketkeeping 
  • Liam Livingstone – Class, form, and all-round value 
  • Deepak Hooda – Class, form, and support points in bowling (England have two left-handers at No.3 and No.4, and there is the possibility of Sam Curran floating up the order). 
  • Hardik Pandya – Class, form, and all-round value 
  • Harshal Patel – India’s go-to pace bowling option with the old ball, which could result in a couple of easy wickets as England attempt to take him down at a venue with big boundaries.

Differentials: 

Again, in such a complex game, you should create some safety net for points, which is where Dinesh Karthik’s wicketkeeping points come in handy. In only 17% of teams, all the 37-year-old needs to do is take a catch and effect a stumping to turn the game around, as his batting will undoubtedly be required against a strong home side.

Axar Patel – We have already discussed the value of the SLA all-rounder in this game. Another major differential opportunity beckons with him being selected in less than 10% of teams on top fantasy platforms.


Base Team

Wicketkeeper: Jos Buttler, Dinesh Karthik

Batters: Liam Livingstone, Deepak Hooda

Allrounders: Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel

Bowlers: Harshal Patel

The final Team with C/VC picks will be given after the toss.


Predicted Playing XI:

England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(c&wk), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Phil Salt, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Matthew Parkinson, Reece Topley 

India: Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal

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