England vs India, 1st T20I: India Thrash England Courtesy Heroics from Kuldeep Yadav and KL Rahul: What a terrific performance it turned out to be from the Men in Blue as they thumped England by eight wickets to go 1-0 up in the three-match series. The victory was largely built on a superb piece of wrist spin bowling by Kuldeep Yadav and an astonishing century from the blade of Lokesh Rahul. They made light work of the target of 160 set by England and raced off to the target with more than an over to spare.
It was the Indian skipper Virat Kohli who won the toss and opted to field. The English openers Jason Roy and Jos Buttler got off to a pretty brisk start and raced off to 50 in 5 odd overs. Both the batters struck some excellent shots, to begin with. Umesh Yadav eventually castled Roy with the score reading 50.
Alex Hales came into the middle and never looked in total comfort. He was unable to pick the variations from Kuldeep Yadav and eventually fell while attempting a sweep. It missed his bat and disturbed the timbers. Wickets kept falling on a consistent basis from there on. Kuldeep Yadav spun a web around the English batters, and they were unable to recover from the hiccup.
Kuldeep was quite exceptional in his 3rd over and bagged three wickets to derail the English progress. He bagged the wicket of Eoin Morgan, to begin with. Kuldeep then foxed Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root in consecutive deliveries and was on the verge of bagging a hat-trick. Jos Buttler played a valiant knock on the other hand.
He was eventually the victim no 5 for Kuldeep Yadav. The stumper was eventually dismissed after he made 69 of 48 deliveries which included eight fours and a couple of sixes. The Indian bowlers were quite superb and eventually managed to restrict them to 159/8 in their allotted 20 overs. Kuldeep Yadav in the process became the 1st left-arm wrist spinner to bag a five-wicket haul in international cricket in England.
Rahul smash England all around Manchester
The visitors didn’t quite get off to the ideal start and lost Shikhar Dhawan in the opening over. However, from there on, KL Rahul took the onus on himself and smashed the English bowlers all around the park. He carried on from where he left in the Indian Premier League and the Ireland T20I’s. It was stroke-making at his exceptional best. Rahul toyed with the English bowlers and went on to smash his 2nd T20I century.
Rohit Sharma gave him ample support and shared a 123 runs partnership with him. However, the main boss in the crease was Rahul. He smashed Liam Plunkett for a couple of fours and sixes each in an over. Each and every shot was quite extraordinary and never looked like a slog. He played proper cricketing shots and ensured India reached the target with ample overs to spare.
Skipper Virat Kohli came into the crease after the fall of Rohit’s wicket and got an opportunity to play himself in. The required rate was a shade over five runs per over, and it is a pretty easy task across formats. The Men in Blue eventually reached the target with overs to spare.
England 159/8 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 69, David Willey 29*, Kuldeep Yadav 5/24)
India 162/2 in 18.2 overs (KL Rahul 100*, Rohit Sharma 32, David Willey 1/30)
India won by 8 wickets (with 10 deliveries to spare)