India vs England, 5th T20I: Ben Stokes vs Shardul Thakur, & Other Key Battles
After a thrilling finish in the fourth T20I, teams will be giving their everything as they take on each other in the fifth and final T20I at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera Ahmedabad. But before that, here is a look at the key battles that will be on offer.
Virat Kohli vs Mark Wood: Mark Wood has an orthodox action but he generates tremendous pace with it. This pace became the reason of downfall for many Indian legends like Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul barring one: Virat Kohli. In the third T20I, Kohli stood upto Wood. A case in point would be his amazing pull shot where he dragged the bowler from outside his off stump to dispatch him over mid-on. Kohli has been a victim of Adil Rashid, so the task at hand is to negotiate him safely but shift gears against Wood quickly.
Suryakumar Yadav vs Jofra Archer: Suryakumar Yadav (SKY) has his fair share of dark days. Making an India debut at 30 is no mean task but the Mumbaikar always had a ‘khadoos’ attitude that helped him thrive under chaos. His battle against Archer in series decider could be the thing to watch out for. In an IPL game, SKY played a ramp shot off Archer. Not to forget that he was hit on the helmet on the previous delivery! But that’s SKY for you, he will never back down from a challenge. After making a fifty in last game, the fans are expecting another ‘biggie’ from him.
Ben Stokes vs Shardul Thakur: Ben Stokes almost took England home in the 4th T20I and then Virat Kohli tossed the ball to Shardul Thakur. His slow balls, and his ability to vary the pace at will makes him one of the most dangerous to time. If Ben Stokes gets his eye in, he will come face to face with Thakur in the fag end of the innings. And we are sure, the 29-year-old Mumbaikar will take out his most effective weapon against one of the best batting all-rounders of the world.