India marked the beginning of the T20 series against England with a thumping victory in the first match. The visiting team won the match by eight wickets sparring more than an over. England scored 159 for 8 batting first, to which, India replied chasing 163 runs for 2 wickets. India came up with strong bowling and batting actions in both the innings, displaying an intense mastery over the shortest format. Against England batsmen, it was Kuldeep Yadav, wreaking a 5-five wicket attack. Against bowlers, Lokesh Rahul knocked a century remaining unbeaten in the match.
England started with a sturdy opening partnership. Jos Buttler and Jason Roy played five overs together scoring 50 runs. Form the sixth, Buttler partnered with Alex Hales, who was struggling with the bowling. The latter played 18 balls to scratch out only 8 runs. Yadav’s attack began with the wicket of Hales in the 12th over. He wobbled the middle order completely taking down 4 wickets in the two overs he bowled. In the 14th over, the bowler sent Eion Morgan, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root back to pavilion. His next attack was on Buttler, wreaking his wicket in the 18th over. The batsman scored 69 runs off 46 balls, pulling a decent target for India.
In contrast, India started the chase losing an early wicket. Shikhar Dhawan was bowled in the first over off David Willey. However, the wicket emerged as the only successful nick for bowlers, because the next partnership stand was for almost 12 overs hauling the score to 130. Rohit Sharma scored 32 off 30 balls in the stretch. When Rashid Ali dismissed Rahul in the 13th over, India required 33 runs to win off 38 balls. In the final stretch, Rahul and Virat Kohli played together to cross the victory mark. Rahul scored 101 runs off 54 balls knocking 10 fours and 5 sixes, taking most out of Liam Plunkett.
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