Team India suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the tourist in the first T20I of this series. It seems now that Kohli and co. have made it a habit now to lose the first match of the series only to bounce back ferociously. Whether they will bounce or not, only the future will tell. But, this is how the first T20I happened.
The Batsmen Never Settled
India lost their three wickets in the first five overs. KL Rahul was bowled in the second over. While Virat Kohli again got out on a duck. Shikhar Dhawan too could manage only 4 off 12 balls. Rishabh Pant then tried to forge a partnership with Iyer but was dismissed in the tenth over. Pant though showed signs of his form which was quite apparent in that audacious shot he played on the ball from Jofra Archer.
By the end of the tenth over India could only manage 48 runs and had lost four wickets. The aggressive batting that Kohli talked about clearly didn’t help them. Batsmen looked rusty with the only exception being Shreyas Iyer. Shreyas Iyer scored a brilliant 67 runs off 48 balls. His innings helped India to reach a total of 124. Iyer and Hardik Pandya’s crucial 50-run partnership was the only positive from their otherwise horrendous performance.
A Comfortable Chase
The batsmen didn’t really give the bowlers much to defend. But even then, there wasn’t a single moment where it looked like India was in control. While India’s powerplay stood at 24/3, England’s strong batting performance took them for 50/0 in six overs. Yuzvendra Chahal did manage to break the partnership by taking the wicket of Jos Butler. But the chase was well over by then. England chased down 124 in only 15.3 overs while losing just two wickets. The other wicket was of Jasin Roy and it was Washington Sundar who took the wicket.