- England defeated India by 8 wickets in the first T20 International played at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
- India gave England a target of 125 runs, which the visiting team achieved by losing two wickets in 15.3 overs.
- With this victory, the visiting team has taken a 1-0 lead in the series.
Apart from Shreyas Iyer, no Indian batsman could face the England bowlers and suffered an eight-wicket loss of irresponsible batting in the first T20 match on Friday. The Indian team, sent for batting first, could only score 124 runs for seven wickets with 67 runs coming off Iyer’s bat. In response, England made the match absolutely unilateral, losing two wickets and achieved the target with 27 balls left. David Malan scored the winning six.
The thrill of India’s innings
Earlier, the Indian cricket team gave the target of 125 runs to the visiting team. Only Shreyas Iyer could bat for India. Iyer hit an innings of 67 runs. Batting after losing the toss, India did not have a good start. India scored 124 for seven wickets in 20 overs. He had lost his three crucial wickets for just 20 runs. Lokesh Rahul (1) first wicket fell. Rahul was bowled by Jofra Archer. At that time India’s total was two runs.
Kohli and Pant also disappointed
Captain Virat Kohli (0), who came to replace Rahul, was not allowed to walk by Adil Rashid and he was caught by Chris Jordan for a total of three runs. After this, Shikhar Dhawan (4) wicket fell on a total of 20. The summit was bowled by Mark Wood. After Shikhar’s departure, Rishabh Pant (21) and Shreyas Iyer tried to manage the innings and made several attractive shots but Pant was caught by Jamie Bairstow on the back of the wicket off Ben Stokes for a total of 48. Pant faced 23 balls with two fours and a six.
Archer did two victims in two balls
After Pant’s dismissal, Iyer and Hardik Pandya (19) took the score to 100. Pandya, however, was dismissed for a total of 102. Pandya hit a four and a six off 21 balls. India also lost the wicket of Shardul Thakur (0) on the next ball. Archer was first on a hat-trick, dismissing Pandya and then Thakur, but Washington Sundar did not let him succeed.
Iyer hit half century
Iyer’s wicket fell at a total of 117. Iyer faced 48 balls and hit eight fours and a six. Sundar three and Akshar Patel returned unbeaten on seven runs. For England, Archer took the maximum of three wickets while Rashid, Wood, Jordan and Stokes had one success each.
Roy and Butler started Dhanshu
In reply, Jason Roy and Josh Butler gave England a good start in batting. Jason Roy, who was unable to score runs in the last few matches, did particularly aggressive batting and got the team to 50 runs in 6 overs. This pair was broken by Yuzvendra Chahal. He LBW to Butler on the last ball of the 8th over. Butler hit 2 fours and a six in 24 balls.
Half century misses Roy
Jason Butt continued his aggressive batting despite Butler being dismissed. However, he could not complete the half century. He was LBWed by Washington Sundar. Roy faced 32 balls and scored 49 runs with the help of 4 fours, 3 sixes.
Malan and Bairstow won
This was followed by David Malan (24 *) and Johnny Bairstow (26 *) to lead England to victory. Malan scored the winning run by hitting Sundar for a six. Chahal proved to be very expensive and conceded 44 runs in four overs. At the same time, Akshar Patel, the hero of victory in the Test series, conceded 24 runs in three overs and could not take wickets. Long-time bowler Hardik Pandya conceded 13 runs in two overs and had no success.