England Dominate India In 1st T20



After the pain of defeat in the test series, England restored some price by comprehensively beating India in the first T20 in Ahmedabad.


Having won the toss, England captain Eoin Morgan put India in to bat and was instantly rewarded with his powerplay bowlers reducing the hosts to 20-3 inside the first five overs.


Leg-spinner Adil Rashid was handed the first over and along with Jofra Archer, England suffocated the England batsmen with disciplined bowling and intelligent field placings.


India's Shreyas Iyer played a good knock of 67 but nobody else was able to offer any support. Rishabh Pant showed a flash of his potential with the shot of the match off Archer, but Ben Stokes soon dismissed him for just 21.


With India 48-4 they slowly crept their way to the hundred mark, rarely showing signs of the power that they possess. Iyer hinted after the first inning that the pitch was a two-pace pitch and was a little difficult to play on, but those comments were blown away as soon as England came to the crease.


Jason Roy, who's place has come into question recently with a run of bad form and calls for an Alex Hales recall faced his nemesis of slow left-arm spin and came out on top. He was aggressive and assertive, supported by Buttler England broke the back of the chase without breaking a sweat.


When Roy was dismissed on 49 with England 89-1, it was about seeing the game home for the #1 ranked T20 batsmen Dawid Malan and the ever-dangerous Jonny Bairstow. Bairstow who briefly got into a verbal confrontation with Washington Sundar was keen to get on with things. The Yorkshire and Sunrisers batsmen hit 26 off 17 to see England home, although it was Malan who cleared the boundary to score the winning runs.


England will take confidence from this performance as T20 is all about excelling in all three assets of the game with little margin for error. England did that to perfection and will go into the 2nd T20 brimming with self-belief.


For India it was a sobering experience, with captain Virat Kohli dismissed for a 5-ball duck, the home side never looked comfortable. The India side will look different with Rohit at the top of the order, and it'll be interesting to see the adjustments they make for the rest of the series.

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