IND vs ENG, 1st T20I Highlights: England beats India by eight wickets, Morgan and Co. go 1-0 up in series

ENG vs IND T20I Highlights: India vs England 1st T20 from Narendra Modi Stadium. England beats India by eight wickets.

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Dawid Malan hits a boundary off Hardik Pandya.   -  SPORTZPICS

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Hello and welcome to the highlights of the first T20I between India and England. This was Santadeep Dey bringing you all the action as it unfurled at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

HIGHLIGHTS

Virat Kohli: We just weren't aware enough of what to do on that kind of pitch. Lack of execution of some of the shots. We have to come back with much more intent and clarity of plan. It was a below par batting performance and England made us pay. We looked to try few things but as a batting side you have to accept that we didn't bat well. Shreyas batted well but we did not have enough runs on the board.

Jason Roy: Happy to start with a win. I'll take 49 and a comfortable victory for the team any day. The way we fielded was pleasing. I have fallen to a few bowlers of various types, but have batted against Adil Rashid in the nets. That did help me.

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ENG 130/2 in 15.3 overs: Malan finishes it off in style with a six as England makes short work of the Indian total! Morgan and Co. go 1-0 up in the five-match T20I series with an eight-wicket win. This is the side's sixth overseas men's T20I victory in succession.

ENG 122/2 in 15 overs: Direct hit and Malan would have been a goner! Bairstow calls for a deft single and Malan was not even in the frame when Thakur's throw sped past the wickets at the non-striker's end. England only needs three off the next five overs.

ENG 114/2 in 14 overs: Bairstow slams a four to welcome Sundar! This goes flat, prompting Malan to duck for cover. Oops, Bairstow and Sundar exchange a few words, after the spinner feels the England top-order batsman came into his path while he tried to take a catch.

ENG 107/2 in 13 overs: Pandya is stationed at wide long-on but he can only watch the ball sail over his head for a six. Bairstow, who has scored more runs over the last two seasons of the IPL than any other Englishman (790), has teed off and how!

Oh, wait up... Here's another. This is a completely different Bairstow than the one we had seen during the Test leg of this Tour.

ENG 92/2 in 12 overs: Washington Sundar strikes with his very first delivery in this game! And it is Roy who has to take the long walk back to the pavilion, having been adjudged LBW. England needs 33 runs in 48 balls.

ENG 89/1 in 11 overs: A grimace from Kohli as Malan collects a boundary off Pandya; this is almost an action replay of his previous four off the India all-rounder.

ENG 81/1 in 10 overs: Roy and Malan resort to singles as only four runs come off this over. Roy did try to go for a reverse sweep off the last widish delivery but gets beaten by a few inches.

ENG 77/1 in 9 overs: Malan stands tall and gets on top of Pandya's slower bouncer to work it down long leg for four. An otherwise decent over.

Stat Attack - Pandya's best T20I figures came against England (4/38 in 2018).

ENG 72/1 in 8 overs: Tonked straight out of the middle of the bat! The ball disappears into the crowd as Chahal tries to turn one into Roy from the line of the leg-stump.

And there's the breakthrough India was desperately looking for! Buttler plays one down the wrong line and has been trapped plumb in front. Chahal is now the standalone leading wicket-taker for India in men's T20Is (60).

Dawid Malan, who comes to the crease currently has the highest batting average of any man to log 10+ T20I innings (53.4 from 19 knocks).

ENG 58/0 in 7 overs: Roy puts on his dancing shoes! This has been smoked right into the stands near deep mid-wicket. England is clearly in a hurry to finish things off!

ENG 50/0 in 6 overs: Exquisite timing! Bhuvneshwar has this one nipping a touch back into Buttler but the right-hander has creamed this through mid-on and towards the ropes. Eight off the over.

ENG 42/0 in 5 overs: Four to extra cover, six over long-on... Buttler, England's Mr 360 has joined the party now!

ENG 29/0 in 4 overs: Shardul Thakur has been introduced into the attack. But Roy couldn't care less as he ends the over on a high with a stylish straight drive to bring up another boundary.

ENG 21/0 in 3 overs: Could you hear the pin drop? Roy greets Yuzvendra Chahal with a slog sweep for a mammoth maximum towards deep mid-wicket. To make matters worse, he follows it up with a four, three balls later.

ENG 10/0 in 2 overs: Roy doesn't get to the pitch of the ball this time and only manages to get the toe end of the bat to it but he has hit this hard enough to get the first boundary of this innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar goes for seven in his first.

ENG 3/0 in 1 over: This is the first time Axar Patel is opening the bowling in this format. Jason Roy and Jos Buttler are off the mark.

INNINGS BREAK: India, after the early blows, never really managed to get back on track despite Iyer's special knock. England will be a happy bunch as the side heads back to the dugout.

IND 124/7 in 20 overs: Jordan's second ball sails wide; this is only the second extra of this innings, thus far. Shows you how disciplined England's bowling has been!

Dawid Malan scampers to his right from deep backward square leg to slide and take a stunning catch to send Iyer back to the dugout. Axar, new to the crease, gets off the mark with a couple.

IND 114/6 in 19 overs: Iyer moves on to his highest score in T20Is with a boundary. Hammered right through wide long-on, this one.

IND 105/6 in 18 overs: Two in two for Archer! Pandya, who was looking to tee off, misfires one to Jordan at mid-off first followed by Thakur's departure while looking to hook a short-pitched delivery towards deep square.

IND 102/4 in 17 overs: It's the third T20I fifty for Iyer off 36 balls! Almost seems like he is batting on a completely different surface here when compared to the other Indian batters. Much of the work, though, is still left. Jordan, England's death-overs specialist, has, in the meantime, been taken out of the park off the last ball of the over.

IND 92/4 in 16 overs: Iyer slams two back-to-back boundaries to start off Archer's third over - one past mid-wicket, the next towards deep backward point.

IND 83/4 in 15 overs: There he goes! Pandya frees his arms to launch a 77-metre biggie over long-off. Bring it on, he tell Stokes, as off the very next delivery Pandya gets cheeky and lifts one over the head of the 'keeper to get a boundary.

IND 71/4 in 14 overs: Lucky escape for Iyer yet again! The ball takes an edge off his willow but lands safely to race down to the third man boundary. Pandya continues to struggle to middle the ball as Wood continues to mix it up well.

IND 63/4 in 13 overs: Jordan bangs one short and the speedometer says 146 kmph! Three of England's pacers have touched the upper 140s today.

IND 58/4 in 12 overs: Wonder what's going on in Hardik Pandya's mind here... India is presently going at under five an over. Will he look to hang around for some overs or tonk it out of the park from the get go? Meanwhile, Wood has the all-rounder flummoxed with a fine bouncer.

IND 55/4 in 11 overs: Iyer, fancying himself against the leg-spinner Rashid, miscues one just wide of a diving mid-wicket fielder. The 50 comes up for India and Iyer celebrates it with a glorious drive through covers.

IND 48/4 in 10 overs: Another boundary for Iyer, who is looking to be in good touch tonight. A good-length delivery has been driven through the offside and Stokes doesn't seem to be too happy about it.

And there's the big fish! Pant tries to go big again, flicking one towards the longer side of the ground, but he has hit this straight to Jonny Bairstow in the deep.

IND 40/3 in 9 overs: Sam Curran has been brought into the attack. The Indian batsmen might want to go after the youngster. And there it is... Iyer has nudged the last delivery of the over down fine leg to bring up yet another boundary. Need a lot more of those in the coming overs...

Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya can be seen limbering up near the ropes.

IND 34/3 in 8 overs: Ben Stokes to bowl his first. Pant and Iyer do not take any undue risk and keep rotating the strike.

IND 29/3 in 7 overs: Almost another! Iyer, looking to play one square, almost ends up playing into the hands of the third man. Another much-needed boundary comes in this over.

IND 22/3 in 6 overs: Pant now has his Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer for support in the middle. Only two runs off that over from Chris Jordan.

IND 20/3 in 5 overs: Cleaned him up! Shikhar Dhawan goes for the big hoick but is way too late in executing the shot. The Zing bails light up as Mark Wood claims his first wicket of the night.

IND 18/2 in 4 overs: Pant does the reverse scoop again... this time off Archer. A maximum. Anderson will be sporting a wry smile now back in his room.

You cannot do that Rishabh Pant, you cannot do that... The India 'keeper batsman has just followed up the last six with a four through square leg.

IND 7/2 in 3 overs: Disaster! Kohli steps away, trying to give himself some room as Rashid bowls a straighter delivery on the leg-stump channel, and holes out to Chris Jordan at short cover. Yet another duck for the Indian captain. My, oh, my...

Rishabh Pant, meanwhile, has just hit the first boundary of the innings, piercing through a gap in the point region.

IND 2/1 in 2 overs: No surprises there... Jofra Archer will be bowling from the Reliance End. AND STRAIGHTAWAY! There's no foot movement from KL Rahul as he goes on to chop one back onto the stumps. This is a dream start for the visitor. Virat Kohli comes to the crease.

IND 2/0 in 1 over: Shikhar Dhawan takes guard with KL Rahul for company at the non-striker's end. England to start with spin and it will be Adil Rashid who bowls with the new ball. There's a bit of turn on offer and both the openers are off the mark with singles.

6.55pm: Time for the national anthems, ladies and gentlemen!

PLAYING XI

INDIA: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (w), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal

ENGLAND: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (w), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood

 

Virat Kohli: Would have bowled first as well. Dew is going to be a massive factor in the second half. Got to get into the game with the ball and restrict them. It's a good way to prepare for the World Cup. The next few months will be important. Rohit is resting for the first couple of games.

Eoin Morgan: We're going to have a bowl. Looks a good wicket with a covering of grass. A little bit of dew later on. Going to be an evenly-poised contest. The opportunity to play in India against a very strong side with the World Cup later this year... we're really excited.

TOSS: Eoin Morgan wins toss. England to bowl.

PITCH REPORT

"We have moved on to black soil from the red soil which was used in Tests. The surface is nice, hard and firm. A bit abrasive to the touch, which mean wrist-spinners will get more grip. The offside is longish. The outfield is in top condition and might get slicker as the evening progresses. The team winning the toss might want to bowl first if it gets dewy. There will be a lot of runs. It is a good batting surface and 170-175 should be a par score," reckon Deep Dasgupta and Ajit Agarkar.

What they are playing for...

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PREDICTED XI

India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini

England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid

MATCH PREVIEW

After being thoroughly outplayed by India in the Tests, England will be desperate to put up an improved show in the five-match T20 series, which commences here on Thursday.

On paper, the shortest format should provide a more even contest between the two teams. The full-strength England squad includes the likes of Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali - all of whom took rest breaks during the Test series. Pace ace Jofra Archer has been declared fit, which lends great heft to the bowling unit.

The pitches at the Narendra Modi Stadium - which caused the visitor much discomfort in the third and fourth Tests - will not play as significant a role. Heavy hitters Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Buttler and Bairstow, armed with the license to attack from the get-go, can suppress any painful memories that the surface might evoke.

There is, however, no escaping the might of the Indian team. Virat Kohli’s men, in recent years, have firmly established themselves as a powerhouse across formats. The white-ball specialists join the old guard to give the home team a fresh yet formidable look.

A selection question - choosing an opening partner for Rohit Sharma - received an emphatic answer from Kohli. The skipper stated in a media interaction on Thursday that K.L. Rahul gets the nod ahead of Shikhar Dhawan.

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Rahul, who donned the wicketkeeping gloves in Australia, will feature as a specialist batsman, given that Rishabh Pant has cemented his place behind the sticks.

If a recent training video posted on his social media is taken at face value, Hardik Pandya could return to pace bowling duties. The electric Baroda cricketer has bowled only sparingly since suffering a back injury over a year ago. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who missed a significant part of the IPL due to a thigh injury and last played for India in December 2019, is set to take the new ball.

Despite the cliche about focussing on the here and now, both teams will have an eye on the ICC T20 World Cup to be held in India in October. All selection conundrums must be resolved well before the mega-event, which only increases the stakes for players hoping to seal long-term spots.

This is a battle between the top two T20 sides in the world, studded with exceptional talent on both sides. Expect fireworks galore.

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD

India and England have won seven T20Is each. However, India has romped home in four of their last five matches.

STATS AND TRIVIA

  • India needs to win the series 4-1 or 5-0 to jump to the top of the ICC T20I rankings.
  • Rohit Sharma needs 26 runs to become only the second Indian to 9000 T20 runs.
  • This will be Virat Kohli's 300th T20 match. He is only the fifth Indian to reach the mark after MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik.
  • K Ananthapadmanabhan will be making his debut as on-field umpire in this game.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal needs one wicket to become India's leading wicket-taker in T20Is.
  • Virat Kohli is only 17 runs away from becoming the first Indian cricketer to score 12000 international runs as captain. He is also 72 short of becoming the first batsman to score 3000 T20I runs.

FORM GUIDE (last five matches)

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WHAT THEY SAID

"We have explosive batsmen in the team now, who can change the game even if we are two or three wickets down. This time around, you will see guys play more freely, and not be worried if we have enough batsmen to take care of things if we lose a couple of wickets. This was the case before. We couldn’t play freely for the first 10-12 overs."

- Virat Kohli, captain of the Indian cricket team

“We’re playing against one of the best sides in the world. The perfect scenario would be to learn a huge amount from this series, and then have the time to improve before the World Cup begins. Yes, we are the number one ranked T20 team in the world, but one of the areas we have to improve is playing away from home. Playing against spin, bowling in the PowerPlay, bowling in the death - these are aspects we need to significantly improve to become genuine contenders."

- Eoin Morgan, England limited-overs' captain

TEAMS (from)

  • India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, K. L. Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Tewatia, Ishan Kishan.
  • England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Jonny Bairstow, Jofra Archer.

WHERE TO WATCH THE INDIA vs ENGLAND SERIES?

The IND vs ENG series can be live streamed on Disney+Hotstar. It can also be watched on the Star Sports television network.