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TV channel, live stream, start time and teams for cricket match in Ahmedabad TODAY

CRICKET world champions England take centre stage as they look to avenge the dismal 3-1 series defeat suffered by the Test team in India.

The first of a five-match T20 schedule, this opening game sees the tourists back on the much-maligned dust-bowl track at Ahmedabad.

England's T20 side are ranked No1 in the world

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England’s T20 side are ranked No1 in the worldCredit: Getty Images – Getty

England’s batsmen will have to be at their best on the turning surface, with this series perfect preparation for the 2021 T20 World Cup later this year.

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What time is India vs England first T20?

  • Match 1 of the five game series is set for Friday, March 12 – TODAY.
  • It will begin at 1.30pm GMT.
  • All of the matches will be played at the impressive Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad to minimise travel during the pandemic.

What TV channel is India vs England on and can I live stream it?

  • The India vs England Test series was shown on free-to-air TV in the UK for the first time in 16 years.
  • But the T20 series – as well as the following ODI’s – is being broadcast on Sky Sports Cricket.
  • Tune in from midday on Friday on Sky Sports Cricket, with Sky customers able to stream using the Sky Go app.
  • If you’re not a Sky subscriber, you can still tune in by purchasing a NOW TV pass from £9.99.
Kohli will be looking to lead his men to victory with one eye on this year's T20 World Cup

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Kohli will be looking to lead his men to victory with one eye on this year’s T20 World CupCredit: Reuters

What is the team news?

England will field a much-changed side from their XI in the Tests, with captain Eoin Morgan hoping to get the series off to a winning start.

He looks likely to be without Jofra Archer though, who continues to suffer with a recurring elbow injury.

Moeen Ali returned home during the Test series but has now linked back up with the squad.

England squad

  • Eoin Morgan (C)
  • Moeen Ali
  • Jofra Archer
  • Jonny Bairstow
  • Sam Billings
  • Jos Buttler
  • Sam Curran
  • Tom Curran
  • Chris Jordan
  • Liam Livingstone
  • Dawid Malan
  • Adil Rashid
  • Jason Roy
  • Ben Stokes
  • Reece Topley
  • Mark Wood

India squad

  • Virat Kohli (C)
  • Axar Patel
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  • Deepak Chahar
  • Hardik Pandya
  • Ishan Kishan (WK)
  • KL Rahul
  • Navdeep Saini
  • Rahul TewatiaRishabh Pant (WK)Rohit Sharma
  • Shardul Thakur
  • Shikhar Dhawan
  • Shreyas Iyer
  • Suryakumar Yadav
  • T Natarajan
  • Varun Chakravarty
  • Washington Sundar
  • Yuzvendra Chahal

Game odds

  • India to win – 4/6
  • England victory – 6/5

*All odds from Paddy Power and correct at time of publication.

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