In the first T20I, India defeated England by 8 wickets at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav's magical spell of wrist spin was complemented by K L Rahul's dazzling strokeplay as India started their tour of England on a resounding note.Young Kuldeep (5/24 in 4 overs) became the first chinaman bowler to take a five-for in shortest format as he single handedly restricted England to below-par 159 for 8 on a flat deck. Then it was the turn of K L Rahul, who smashed his second T20 International hundred en route his 54-ball-101 as India comfortably chased the target in 18.2 overs. He added 123 runs for the second wicket with Rohit Sharma (32 off 30 balls), who played the role of second fiddle to perfection. Rahul's innings had 10 fours and as many as five sixes and Manish Pandey's injury proved to be a blessing in disguise as the talented Karnataka opener got a chance at No 3 with skipper Virat Kohli pushing himself down the order.
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Earlier, England openers Jason Roy and Jos Buttler gave the host a agressive side as they played shots all around the park. But Jason Roy was clean bowled by Umesh Yadav in the 5th over while playing a shot across the line. England middle order collapsed as they failed to pick India's wrist spinner after ball got old. Kuldeep took 3 wickets in his 3rd over to give England a scare. England never got a partneship going as they lost quick wickets. David Willey cameo helped England to put a respectable total of 159/8 in 20 Over. Meanwhile Jos Buttler played a brilliant inning of 69 runs before he became the 5th scalp of Kuldeep Yadav.
India vs England 1st T20I Scoreboard
India's innings: Over by Over analysisIndia playing 11: Virat Kohli, Shikar Dhwan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Over 1: David Willey to Shikhar Dhawan, edge, went past the slip for four. DOT ball. Dhawan took a single off the 3rd ball. WIDE ball. Rohit Sharma took a single off the 4th ball. Dhawan OUT. Rahul took a single off the last ball. India: 8/1, Shikhar Dhawan b Willey 5 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00
Over 2: Chris Jordan to K L Rahul, DOT ball. Rahul smashed the 2nd for a classy six. DOT ball. Three runs taken off the 4th ball. Jordan bowled 2 DOT balls to end the over. India: 17/1, Rohit Sharma: 1(3b), K L Rahul: 10(5b)
Over 3: Willey to rahul, one run taken. WIDE ball. One legbye taken. Rahul took a double off the 3rd ball. DOT ball. Rahul caressed the 5th ball for four. DOT ball to end the over. India: 26/1, Rohit Sharma: 1(5b), K L Rahul: 17(10b)
Over 4: Liam Plunkett to Rohit Sharma, DOT ball. Rohit took a single off the 2nd ball. A single taken by Rahul. Another single taken by Rohit. WIDE ball. Rahul smashed the last 2 balls for fours to end the over. India: 38/1, Rohit Sharma: 3(7b), K L Rahul: 26 (13b)
Over 5: Chris Jordan to Rohit Sharma, no run taken. Rohit Sharma smashed the 2nd ball for four followed by a single. Rahul took single off the 4th ball. DOT ball. Rohit hit the last ball for four to end the over. India: 48/1, Rohit Sharma: 12 (12b), K L Rahul: 27 (14b)
Over 6: Liam Plunkett to Rahul, no run taken. Plunkett bowled brilliantly as he bowled 3 successive DOT ball but Rahul vroke the shackles as Rahul smashed the 4th ball for four followed by a single. Rohit took a single off the last ball to end the over. India: 54/1, Rohit Sharma: 13 (13b), K L Rahul: 32 (19b)
Over 7: Adil Rashid to Rohit Sharma,one run taken. Rahul took a single off the next ball. Rashid bowled brilliantly as Rohit failed to score of the next 3 balls but came back brilliantly to hit the last ball for four to end the over. India: 60/1, Rohit Sharma: 18(18b), K L Rahul: 33(20b)
Over 8: Moeen Ali to Rahul, reverse sweeped for four followed by a six just over long-on. Rahul bats intelligently to score in ones and twos. India: 76/1, Rohit Sharma: 19 (19b), K L Rahul: 48 (25b)
Over 9: Rashid to Rohit, smashed the first ball for six. DOT ball. Rohit took single off the 3rd ball. Rahul took a single off the 4th ball. A single taken by Rohit. Rahul smashed the last ball for four to complete his fifty. India: 89/1, Rohit Sharma: 27 (23b), K L Rahul: 53 (27b)
Over 10: Moeen Ali to Rohit Sharma, one run taken. Rahul took a single off the 2nd ball. Rohit took a single off the 3rd ball. Rahul samshed the 4th ball for four followed by a six. Rahul took a single to keep the strike. India: 103/1, Rohit Sharma: 29 (25b), K L Rahul: 65 (31b)
Over 11: Liam Plunkett to Rahul, DOT ball. Rahul smashed plunkett for 20 over in the last 5 balls. India: 123/1, Rohit Sharma: 29 (25b), K L Rahul: 85 (37b)
Over 12: Chris Jordan to Rohit Sharma, one run taken. Rahul failed to score of the next two balls. Double taken by Rahul. A single taken by Rahul. Rohit took a single to end the over. India: 128/1, Rohit Sharma: 31(27b), K L Rahul: 88(41b)
Over 13: Rashid to Rohit, DOT ball. A single taken off the net ball. Rahul took a single off the 3rd ball. Rohit Sharma OUT. Virat Kohli took a single off the 5th ball. DOT ball to end the over. India: 131/2, Rohit Sharma c Morgan b Rashid 32 (30b 3x4 1x6) SR: 106.66
Over 14: Chris Jordan to Virat Kohli, DOT ball. Jordan bowled brilliantly to concede only 3 runs in the over. India: 134/2, K L Rahul: 90(45b), Virat Kohli: 3(5b)
Over 15: Rashid to Virat Kohli, no run. A single taken by Virat Kohli. Rashid conceded only 3 runs in his last over. India: 137/2, K L Rahul: 91(46b), Virat Kohli: 5(10b)
Over 16: David Willey to Virat Kohli, one run taken. Rahul took a single off the next ball. Willey gave away 5 runs in the over as it seems Virat Kohli playing a test match. India: 142/2, K L Rahul: 93(49b), Virat Kohli: 8(13b)
Over 17: Liam Plunkett to Virat Kohli, no run taken. Plunkett concede only 4 runs as India needs 14 runs to win. India: 146/2, K L Rahul: 94 (50b), Virat Kohli: 10 (18b)
Over 18:David Willey to Virat Kohli, one run taken, Rahul samshed the 2nd ball for four followed by a single. Kohli took a double off the 4th ball followed by a single. Rahul took a single to complete his maiden T20I century. India: 156/2, K L Rahul: 100 (53b), Virat Kohli: 14 (21b)
Over 19: Moeen Ali to K L Rahul, one run taken. Virat Kohli smashed the 2nd ball for six to win the first T20I against England by 8 wickets.
K L Rahul. Photo: Reuters
England's innings: Over by over analysis
England playing 11: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid
Bhuvneshwar Kumar came to bowl the first over and Jason Roy and Jos Buttler opened the innings for England
Over 1: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Jason Roy, no run taken. Roy took a double off the second ball. DOT ball. Roy cut the 4th ball for four in the point region followed by another four in the legside. Roy took a single to end the over. England: 11/0, Jason Roy: 11(6b), Jos Buttler: 0(0b)
Over 2: Umesh Yadav to Jason Roy, WIDE. Roy hammered the short ball for four followed by a single. Buttler defended the first ball for no run. DOT ball. Another DOT ball. Buttler scooped the last ball for four to end the over. England: 20/0, Jason Roy: 16(9b), Jos Buttler: 4(3b)
Over 3: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Jason Roy, no run taken. Another DOT ball. Roy lofts the 3rd ball for a two runs followed by a four. Roy took a double off the 5th ball. DOT ball to end the over. England: 28/0, Jason Roy: 24(15b), Jos Buttler: 4(3b)Over 4: Yuzuvendra Chahal to Buttler, no run followed by a single. Roy comes down the ground hit the ball for four followed by a single. Buttler smashed the 5th ball for 6 followed by a four to end the over. England: 44-0, Jason Roy: 29(17b), Jos Buttler: 15(7b)
Over 5: Umesh Yadav to Jason Roy, DOT ball. Roy took a single off the 2nd ball. Buttler smashed the 3rd ball for four. DOT ball. Buttler took a single off the 5th ball. Jason Roy BOWLED. England: 50/1, Jason Roy b Yadav 30 (20b 5x4 0x6) SR: 150.00
Over 6: Hardik Pandya to Buttler, tapped the 1st ball for two runs followed by a single. Hales failed to make connection as he try to hit the ball. Another DOT ball. Pandya bowled brilliantly as Hales failed turn the strike. England: 53/1, Alex Hales: 0(4b), Buttler: 23 (12b)
Over 7: Chahal to Buttler, one run taken, Hales got his first run off as he drives the 2nd ball to long-off. One run taken by Buttler. Hales took another single. DOT ball. A quick second run taken thanks to the missed field. England: 59/1, Alex Hales: 2(6b), Buttler: 27 (16b)
Over 8: Pandya to Hales, one run taken. Buttler took a single off the second ball. DOT ball. Another DOT ball. 3rd DOT ball of the over. Hales took a single off the 5th ball. A loose delivery from Pandya smashed for four by Buttler. England: 66/1, Alex Hales:4 (10b), Buttler: 32 (18b)
Over 9: Chahal to Hales, DOT ball. Chahal beats Hales in flight for no run. One run taken off the 3rd ball. Buttler reverse sweeped the 4th ball for four. DOT ball. Buttler took a single to end the over. England: 72/1, Alex Hales:5 (13b), Buttler: 37 (21b)
Over 10: Kuldeep Yadav to Buttler, greeted him with a four. Kuldeep yadav came back brilliantly to give only 1 run of the next balls. England: 77/1, Alex Hales: 5 (13b), Jos Buttler: 42 (27b)
Over 11: Pandya to Buttler, smashed the 1st ball for four followed by a big six to complete his half-century. Buttler slapped the 3rd ball for four followed by a single. Hales took 2 runs off the 5th ball. Hales took a single to end the over. England: 95/1, Alex Hales: 8 (15b), Jos Buttler: 57 (31b)Over 12: Kuldeep Yadav to Hales, no run taken. Another DOT ball. Alex Hales scum to pressure as he get BOWLED whlie trying to play a sweep shot. Morgan came to the crease and took 3 runs. Another DOT ball. Buttler took a double to end the over. England: 100/2, Jos Buttler: 59(33b), Eoin Morgan: 3 (1b)
Over 13: Chahal to Morgan, one run taken. DOT ball. Buttler took a single off the 3rd ball. WIDE. Morgan took two runs off the 4th ball. DOT ball. Morgan took a single to end the over. England: 106/2, Jos Buttler: 60(35b), Eoin Morgan: 7 (5b)
Over 14: Kuldeep Yadav to Morgan, OUT. Buttler took a single. Bairstow, Root stumped off successive deliveries as England middle order collapsed. England: 109/5
Over 15: Umesh Yadav to Buttler, one run taken. DOT ball. A single taken by Ali, Another single taken by Buttler. Two DOT balls to end the over. England: 112/5, Moeen Ali: 2(5b), Jos Buttler: 64(39b)
Over 16: Pandya to Buttler, one run taken. Ali hit the 2nd ball for four. DOT ball. Ali OUT. Pandya bowled 2 DOT balls to end the over. Engalnd: 117/6, Moeen Ali c Raina b Pandya 6 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00
Over 17: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to David Wiley, smashed the first ball for 6 followed by double. DOT ball. Willey smashed the 3rd ball for four followed by another four. Two wide balls and 2 leg byes bowled by Bhuvi to end the over. England: 137/6, David Willey: 16 (6b), Jos Buttler: 65 (42b)
Over 18: Kuldeep Yadav to Buttler, 2 runs taken. 2 runs taken as Rahul dropped a skier. Buttler OUT Kuldeep Strikes again as he completes fifer. Willey smashed the 5th ball for 6 as if nothing happened at the other end followed by a single to end the over. England: 148/7, Jos Buttler c Kohli b Kuldeep Yadav 69 (46b 8x4 2x6) SR: 150.00
Over 19: Umesh Yadav to David Willey, no run taken. Willey squeezed the yorker for a single. Jordan OUT for no run. Plunkett took a single off the 4th ball. DOT ball. Willey took a single to end the over. Engalnd: 151/8, David Willey: 25(12b), Liam Plunkett: 1(1b)
Over 20: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Willey, one leg bye taken. DOT ball. Plunkett took a single off the 3rd ball. Two successive WIDE balls bowled by Bhuvi. Willey took a single off the 4th ball. Plunkett took a single off the 5th ball. Willey took a double to end the over. England: 159/6, David Willey: 28(15b), Liam Plunkett: 3(4b)
While India has been a consistent limited-overs side over the past 6-7 years, England has of late lifted their game in coloured clothes by miles, thanks to a group of fantastic limited overs players like Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, and Ben Stokes.
Going into today’s series opener, India is expected to play around with set combinations which means Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma teaming up at the top of the order. With veteran Suresh Raina in great hitting form at No 3, and skipper Kohli at No.4, it will be interesting to see if the team management includes the in-form Lokesh Rahul in the middle order. All eyes will also be on the former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was in great touch in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for eventual champions Chennai Super Kings. While Manish Pandey is in running for the fourth spot on account of his good run in international T20 cricket. Batting late in the order, he boasts of 276 runs in 10 matches at average 92 and strike-rate 127.18. These numbers are hard to ignore.
On the bowling front, Jasprit Bumrah's thumb injury will be a concern as he has played a big role with his death overs bowling. It will be interesting to see whether his replacement, Deepak Chahar, gets his maiden cap even though senior pro Umesh Yadav looks a more likely replacement.
Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have proven their worth in Ireland and look certain to play against England in the first T20Is.
England, meanwhile, made a few strategic changes by putting assistant coach Paul Farbrace in charge of the T20 team for the Australia and India series, while head coach Trevor Bayliss simultaneously took to domestic cricket scouting. England's recent ploy to promote Jos Buttler as an opener worked in fine fashion as he struck the quickest T20I half-century by an English batsman, with a 22-ball 50, that included six fours and five sixes against the hapless Kangaroos.
Buttler continued from where he left in the IPL, where he struck five successive half-centuries for the Rajasthan Royals and finished the tournament with 548 runs from 13 matches at a strike-rate of 155.24. He will be India's greatest threat, albeit the likes of Roy and Alex Hales also add a lot of firepower to the English top-order.
India and England recent performance T20Is
Going by current form, both sides are at par on paper, with India having won 15 of their last 20 T20 Internationals, including the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka and the bilateral away series against South Africa. England, on the other hand, will head to the series on the back of a 6-0 drubbing of Australia with Buttler, Roy, Jonny Bairstow in good form.
Regrouping after almost a three-month long gap, India used the Ireland T20Is as a good warm-up, registering facile wins of 72 and 143 runs but more importantly giving the whole squad good game time before the challenging series against the Englishmen.
When and where to watch India vs England match
Match Date: 03 July 2018, Tuesday
Match Timing: 22:00 IST, 16:30 GMT, 17:30 Local
Match Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester, England
India vs England match will be broadcast on Sony Six, Sony Six HD in English Commentary. India vs England first T20Is will be available for live stream on Sony Liv app.
India vs England Head to head
Total matches: 12
Here are a few things to know about India and England team ahead of first T20Is to be played at Old Trafford in Manchester, and who has said what before the clash:
With 2019 World Cup in mind, Kohli looks to try different combinations: With less than a year to go for the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales, India skipper Virat Kohli on Monday indicated at trying a few combinations in the playing XI as they gear up for the challenging series against England, starting with the first of the three Twenty20 Internationals. "With that major tournament coming, it gives you an opportunity to test your bench strength, try out fringe players and test their characters as well," Kohli told reporters on the eve of the opening game.
IPL has helped us break barriers with England players, says Virat Kohli: The participation of English players in the IPL has only increased the "warmth" among rival players but on field, India skipper Virat Kohli expects a high intensity battle between both teams during the long tour beginning on Tuesday. While Jos Buttler stood out amongst the England players in the IPL, Kohli said the league helped them break the ice and know their rivals better. It (the IPL) is going to make relations between the two teams even better. I think because England haven't played so much IPL cricket, there was never that familiarity or that sort of warmth between the two teams as much as we have with the other teams," said Kohli on eve of the first T20 of the three-match series.
Want to win every ball, every session, says Indian skipper: Ahead of the three-match T20I series against England at Old Trafford on Tuesday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that the team will be looking to win every ball and every session against the opposition. "Take away from this tour will obviously be the way we play our cricket, the mindset and attitude we maintain for the length of the tour that we play. No one can guarantee results but just wanting to win every ball, every session we play. If we can carry that for the length of the tour then I will be very proud as a captain," Kohli said.
Krunal, Chahar to replace injured Washington, Bumrah T20 series against England: All-rounder Krunal Pandya and medium pacer Deepak Chahar earned their maiden call up in the Indian squad to replace injured Washington Sundar and Jasprit Bumrah for the three-match Twenty20 series against England, starting Tuesday at Manchester. While Krunal and Deepak were included just for the T20 series, left-arm spinner Axar Patel has been named as Washington's replacement for the three-match ODI series that starts at Nottingham on June 12.
Expect a lot of experimentation in remaining T20Is, says Kohli: India captain Virat Kohli wants to "surprise the opposition" by experimenting with his middle order in the remaining T20s against Ireland and the subsequent three-match series against England. "The team management decided to give a go to everyone in the squad. The guys are fine with this decision. We are looking to give everyone game-time and want them to portray the qualities they possess because many guys go on tour and never get an opportunity to play," said the skipper.
Room to improve for India in T20I ranking: India, who are currently standing at the number three spot in the ICC T20I rankings, will aim to climb up to the top of the standings when they head into the series against Ireland and England, beginning June 27 at the Malahide Cricket Club Ground in Malahide. According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), top-three teams that are Pakistan, Australia and India are in stiff competition with each other as all the teams will be seen in action in the upcoming matches. India have the potential of reaching 127 points by winning their five matches - two against Ireland and three against England. On the other hand, England could go up to 126 points if they beat Australia and then defeat India 3-0. India or England could reach the top spot if Zimbabwe are able to pull off a couple of upsets in the Tri-Series and depending on other results, Australia and Pakistan could be restricted to below those numbers.
Video: Virat Kohli press conference on the eve of India vs England T20
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (WK), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav.
England: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler (WK), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Dawid Malan.