IND vs ENG 1st T20 highlights: England wins by 8 wickets, takes 1-0 lead
Jason Roy then smashed 49 off 32 balls as England overhauled the target, in 15.3 overs. Check India vs England 1st T20 scorecard and match highlights here
Indian batsmen had little to offer in the face of a regimented English bowling effort on a two-paced track as the hosts received an eight-wicket hammering in the opening Twenty20 International, at Narendra Modi Stadium, popularly known as Motera Stadium, in Ahmedabad on Friday. Jason Roy then smashed 49 off 32 balls as England overhauled the target, in 15.3 overs, to take 1-0 lead in five-match series.
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Indian batsmen struggled to score freely before Shreyas Iyer showed the way with a dogged 67-run knock that took Virat Kohli's men to 124 for seven at the the Narendra Modi stadiumThe Indian batsmen never got the momentum going as England's pace-heavy attack, led by Mark Wood, used the extra bounce effectively to trouble them.
Most of the Indian batsmen went for flashy shots when placement would have served them well, as Iyer did later in the innings.
The world's biggest stadium, which has a seating capacity of 1,32,000, played host to 67,000 fans, according to cricket website ESPNcricinfo, way more than the 50 per cent capacity that was to be filled for the game in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jason Roy scored a well-calculated 49-run knock while Jonny Bairstow's big hits showed there were no demons in the pitch as the Indians made it seem after being invited to bat by England skipper Eoin Morgan.
Roy struck the ball clean and hard to form a 72-run opening wicket stand with Jos Buttler (28), ending any hopes that the Indians harboured of getting back in the game.
The luxury of time allowed the England batsmen to play freely. None of the Indian bowlers looked like asking tough questions to the visitors.
Roy was trapped by Washington Sundar but by that time England had put 89 runs on the board. Bairstow (26) and Dawid Malan (24) took the side past the finish line.
Earlier, after India's top-order was blown away, Iyer gauged the nature of the pitch quickly and adjusted his game accordingly, playing a sensible innings that helped them cross the 100-run mark.
Laced with eight boundaries and a six, and coming off 48 balls, it was Iyer's best T20 knock. He fell in the last over.
England surprised India by opening the attack with leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who was not only economical but also dismissed Kohli (0) after KL Rahul (1) dragged one back onto his stumps from Jofra Archer (3/23).Check IND vs ENG latest news updates here
England innings scorecard
|Jason Roy||lbw b Sundar||49||32||4||3|
|Jos Buttler||lbw b Chahal||26||21||2||1|
|Dawid Malan||not out||24||20||2||1|
|Jonny Bairstow||not out||26||17||1||2|
Total: 130-2 in 15.3 Overs
IND vs ENG 1st T20: Indian innings scorecard
|Shikhar Dhawan||b Wood||4||12||0||0|
|KL Rahul||b Archer||1||4||0||0|
|Virat Kohli||c Jordan b Rashid||0||5||0||0|
|Rishabh Pant||c Bairstow b Stokes||21||23||2||1|
|Shreyas Iyer||c Malan b Jordan||67||48||8||1|
|Hardik Pandya||c Jordan b Archer||19||2||1||1|
|Shardul Thakur||c Malan b Archer||0||1||0||0|
|Washington Sundar||not out||3||3||0||0|
|Axar Patel||not out||7||3||1||0|
Total: 112-6 in 19 Overs
India vs England playing 11
Pacer Bhuvnewshwar Kumar has returned to India playing 11 while Shikhar Dhawan would open with KL Rahul as Rohit gets rested for first two T20s.
India playing 11: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal.
England playing 11: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
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