India’s opening batsman KL Rahul was the first casualty in the opening T20 international against England as Jofra Archer struck first blood to give his side an encouraging start. KL Rahul, who has been in a surreal form in white-ball cricket in the last few months, could not get India off to an electric start. He inside-edged one from Jofra Archer onto the stumps.
After Adil Rashid delivered a tight first over, giving away only two runs, Eoin Morgan brought Jofra Archer into the attack. The right-arm paceman gave the tourists a breakthrough in the second ball of his first over when KL Rahul prodded half-heartedly and without footwork on the ball outside off-stump, thereby edging onto the stumps. Rahul’s four-ball stay ended with a run and gave England a massive opening.
Earlier, Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl first, citing dew as a significant factor for his decision. Morgan opted for four fast bowlers in Jofra Archer, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, and Chris Jordan, along with a seam-bowling all-rounder in Ben Stokes. Leggie Adil Rashid was the only specialist spinner in the visitors’ line-up. On the other hand, Virat Kohli shockingly rested dashing opener Rohit Sharma and played none of the new candidates in Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan.