India vs England, 4th T20I, Ahmedabad


Ben Stokes says high-pressure finale is perfect preparation for No.1-ranked T20I team

England are welcoming the pressure of their T20I series against India going down to a must-win fifth game on Saturday as ideal preparation for the World Cup.

India could mount the same argument, having snatched a thrilling eight-run victory to level the series 2-2 in Ahmedabad on Thursday, built on Suryakumar Yadav‘s 57 off 31 balls in just his second T20I and Shardul Thakur‘s 3 for 42, including the wickets of Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan in consecutive balls to dent England’s attempted pursuit of 186.

Morgan and Stokes admitted that while it was a big ask to call on the lower order to try and see England over the line – as capable as the likes of Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan are with the bat – it illustrated the sort of tight situation they expected to be put in when India hosts the World Cup in October.

And while sealing the series with a match to spare would have allowed England the luxury of experimenting with their line-up, Morgan said the fact the final match would be the decider was a good thing ahead of the global tournament.

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