INDvENG, 1st T20: England cruise to 1-0 lead in Kanpur


England skipper Eoin Morgan stroked a brilliant 38 ball 52 to steer his side to a comfortable seven win victory in the INDvENG, 1st T20 International match at Kanpur.

After being put into bat by England, India’s batsmen failed to show the composure as they were restricted to just 143-7. India could not lay a strong foundation up front when their openers – KL Rahul and Virat Kohli – fell within the space of 3 overs to each other, while Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh and Manish Pandey also fell within three overs – between the 11th and the 14th.

No Indian batsmen succeeded to go beyond the score of 36, which shows how dismal the scheme of things were for India.

Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan – who were playing their first match on this tour – utilized the pitch exceptionally well, which lent itself to fast bowlers who were willing to bowl fast and also experiment with cross-seamers and slower balls. Moeen Ali was at his restrictive best as he picked up 2 for 21 in his allotted quota, allowing England a meager chase of just 145.

MS Dhoni stuck around till the end, taking his team’s total to a respectable reading after he hit two fours in the last over to finish on unbeaten 36. But it was always going a comfortable chase for England on a surface that didn’t have any demons in it.

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Jason Roy and Sam Billings made clear England motives early on when they blitzed in three overs at the start. However, both of them were bowled by the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who was picked ahead of Amit Mishra.

Then, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan combined for a decisive partnership of 83 runs for the third wicket to take their side home and go ahead in the T20 series with two games remaining.

 “I thought our bowlers were outstanding tonight. Everybody executed the plans. Ali in particular showed great resolve on a wicket which wasn’t turning much. Showed a lot of experience. Also the two guys who have came into the squad, who weren’t involved in the ODIs, Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan put their hands up too. They executed beautifully and made it hard for the Indian batsmen on what was a small ground again. Great to get another result tonight.” Morgan said.

INDvENG, 1st T20 Result:

England 148 for 3 (Morgan 51, Chahal 2-27) beat India 147 for 7 (Dhoni 36*, Moeen 2-21) by seven wickets

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