India vs England, 5th-T20I: Natarajan replaces Rahul, Kohli to open

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India vs England, 5th-T20I: Natarajan replaces Rahul, Kohli to open
India vs England, 5th-T20I: Natarajan replaces Rahul, Kohli to open

20 Mar 2021: India vs England, 5th-T20I: Natarajan replaces Rahul, Kohli to open

India have included fast bowler T Natarajan in the playing XI for the fifth T20I against England.

The left-arm seamer, who fared well on the Australian tour, replaces the out-of-form KL Rahul.

Meanwhile, England have won the toss and elected to field in the game.

They are playing with the same XI.

Here are the further details.

Fact: A look at India's Playing XI

India's Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Chahar, T Natarajan

Fact: Here is England's Playing XI

England's Playing XI: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (captain), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

Development: Kohli to continue to in place of Rahul

After four T20Is, Rahul has been finally dropped from the XI.

He has endured a string of low scores so far, which read as - 1, 0, 0 and 14.

Meanwhile, Indian captain Kohli stated that he will open in place Rahul in the game.

Besides, Natarajan, who helped India win the T20I series Down Under, will power India's bowling segment this time too.