England cruise to victory in the First IT20 in Kanpur
India v England, First IT20 Review
England took the lead for the first time in their tour of India after beating the hosts by 7 wickets in the First International T20 game of the series in Kanpur.
England who last faced India in the third ODI on Sunday, winning the game but ultimately losing the series 2-1, brought in some much needed re-enforcements for the IT20 series with Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid and Chris Jordan returning to the side.
England, who won the toss and elected to field, struggled to disrupt India’s strong batting line-up – with captain Virat Kohli once again consistently reaching the boundary with 23 runs from his first 19 balls. However India’s first wicket came in the fourth over as Adil Rashid caught KL Rahul (8) after Chris Jordan added some much needed variations to England’s bowling to leave the hosts with 34-1.
Eoin Morgan was next up, producing a stunning catch to see out the dangerous Virat Kohli (29) as the stunned crowd watched on. India were 55-2.
Suresh Raina, one of India’s most experienced IT20 batsman, was next to the crease and started his innings aggressively - reaching the boundary at will to bring some much needed runs for the Men in Blue. However it wasn’t long until Yuvraj (12) was dismissed with Adil Rashid once again at the rescue for the Three Lions to slow down India’s batsmen.
Overs 12 and 13 proved vital for the visitors as Raina (34) and Pandey (3) were dismissed with Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills adding to the wicket count.
England further tightened their grip by the 18th over, as India failed to hit the boundary in over 20 balls, but a last surge from MS Dhoni (36) helped India secure some last minute runs to the scoreboard – before Rasool (5) was run out by Eoin Morgan with 1 ball left to face.
India finished their innings on 147-7, setting a reachable target for the Three Lions.
Chasing 148, Jason Roy and Sam Billings opened the batting for England. Although struggling in the first over, the two batsmen found their rhythm hitting boundaries with ease before Jason Roy (19) was bowled by Chahal. Sam Billin’s (22) was not far behind and was also bowled within the same over by Chahal - with the quick dismissals firing up the boisterous crowd.
England were 43-2.
However, England regained their composure with Morgan (51) putting in a captains performance to reach his half-century before he was caught by Raina – although England were already cruising to victory with 22 runs needed from just 29 balls.
Lady luck was also on England’s side as Joe Root’s dismissal was overturned after his review revealed that Jasprat bowled a no ball – immediatley bowled again, the ball was a free hit as a result of the no-ball and England could breathe a sigh of relief.
England finally cruised to victory by the 18th over, winning by seven wickets with Joe Root (46) and Ben Stokes (2) seeing the Three Lions comfortably over the line to claim the first victory of the series.
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