After being put into bat, it was captain Virat Kohli who opened the innings with KL Rahul. The duo who also have the experience of opening the innings for Bangalore in the IPL welcomed the highly rated T20 specialist Tymal Mills with a couple of boundaries, but Rahul’s mistimed pull off Jordan saw him back in the pavilion without adding many runs to his name.
Coming back into the Indian Team, Suresh Raina returned to his favorite no.3 position and looked like his usual self in the middle, while Virat Kohli was caught at mid-wicket with Moeen Ali striking with his first ball in the match. Following the dismissal, Adil Rashid made his presence felt with a well-judged catch running from fine leg to dismiss the explosive Yuvraj Singh.
With just 75 runs on the board, a lot was expected from the reputed duo of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. Suresh Raina looked promising scoring at a brisk rate and clearing the boundaries at regular interval but a clever Yorker from Stokes disturbed his leg-Stump leaving MS Dhoni to drag the scoreboard to a Competitive total with no support from the other end. On the other hand, it was Tymal Mills who staked his claim for an IPL buy with some impressive mix of line and length before India finished the innings for a mediocre 147.
An uphill task awaited the Indian bowlers but the free-spirited Sam Billings and aggressive Jason Roy raced England away to 36/0 at the end of 3 overs. A twin strike from Yuzvedra Chahal, owing to some loose shots from the openers, gave a glimmer of hope. The Indian Spinners tried to slow down the run rate, but the partnership between Joe Root and Eoin Morgan ensured steady progress, with the later being ruthless to anything in his zone. After clearing the rope four times, Morgan found the fielder in his fifth attempt granting his wicket to Parveez Rasool.
The match was well away from the Indian camp and England chased the target convincingly with 11 balls to spare.
India: 147/7 (20 overs)
Dhoni : 36*(27b ,4s – 3, SR: 133.33)
M Ali: 4-0-21-2
England: 148/3 (18.1 overs)
Eoin Morgan : 51(38b,4s-1,6s-4,SR:134.21)
Y Chahal : 4-0-27-2
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