India’s leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal featured in his 100th international match for the national team during the first T20 international between England and India. Yuzvendra Chahal delivered the first breakthrough for India to break England’s breezy opening stand of 72 in eight overs. In the process, he became the country’s leading wicket-taker in the format.
Yuzvendra Chahal did not have the prettiest of the starts as Jason Roy smashed a six and a four off his first over, taking 11 runs off it. But the Haryana-born wrist-spinner bounced back in the next over to give India some respite. Even though Roy once again pummelled Chahal for a boundary and a maximum, the leggie dismissed Jos Buttler LBW for 28 off 24 balls.
Yuzvendra Chahal, who has currently 60 wickets at 24.75 in 46 T20Is, surpassed Jasprit Bumrah to become the highest wicket-taker for India. The 29-year old bagged his best figures of 6/25 in the shortest format in Bengaluru against England four years ago. Bumrah, who will not play the limited-overs matches, has 59 scalps from 50 fixtures.
India set a modest target for England in the opening game:
Meanwhile, the men in blue managed only 125 in the first T20I after England put them to bat first. Shreyas Iyer’s 67 rescued the hosts after losing KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli within the powerplay for single-figure scores. Iyer’s 54-run stand with Hardik Pandya was the highest in the innings and did a respectable job from a precarious position.