India vs England 1st T20I: Team India continued to lose the first encounter of the series yet again in the five-game T20I series. A magnificent showcase of bowling by England restricted India to a low total in the first game and eventually won the game by eight wickets. With the win, England goes up in the five games T20I series 1-0.
“It was a below-par batting performance and England made us pay,” Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation.
Shreyas Iyer amassed half of the team runs, producing his best T20I innings of 67 from 48 balls including 8 fours and a six. However, the English bowler’s accurate and strict line and length didn’t let India take off in the course of 20 overs. Star Jofra Archer picked three wickets and received Man of the Match.
Virat Kohli lost the toss and Eoin Morgan invited them to bat first. A very unusual decision to keep in-form Rohit Sharma out of the side for a couple of games by Virat Kohli. That means KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan will open the innings.
Both the opener looked under pressure and played wrong shots to get dismissed. Virat Kohli continues to be in his lean phase with batting. The skipper scored another duck in the international format. It is noteworthy that Kohli has been dismissed three times in a duck in the last four innings.
Rishabh Pant looked solid for India and Shreyas Iyer along with him kept the hopes of a respectable total. However, Pant was unlucky to find Jhonny Bairstow at the deep off Ben Stokes. Hardik Pandya also tried to flex his arms however got beaten to line and length many a time before getting out.
Thanks to Shreyas Iyer who stood till last and took India to 124 runs in 20 overs.
Jason Roy (49 off 32 balls) fell one short of his half-century off Washington Sundar while Jos Buttler (28 off 24) was trapped in Yuzvendra Chahal’s leg-break.
In the end, Dawid Malan and Jhonny Bairstow did all the simple work to win the game. Malan finished the game in style with a six off Washington Sundar.