England have been in spectacular form in the shorter formats of the game and recently dominated Australia at home. They were expected to continue their dominance in the T20 series against India but they looked like a completely different team against a confident India.
England Crumble To Wrist Spin Once Again
England were sent into bat by Virat Kohli and they got off to a tremendous start as J Roy and J Butler cut lose. They reached 50 in just 5 overs before Roy fell and then things started to slow down for England. Butler has been the standout batsman for England and he played a good knock scoring 69 of just 46 balls.
K Yadav changed the pace of the game as he broke the back of the England middle-order picking up four wickets in his first spell and then coming back to claim his fifth. This was the first time in T20 cricket that a left arm wrist-spinner took 5 wickets. Yadav claimed the crucial wickets of Butler, Hales, Morgan, Bairstow and Root. England who were set to get a total in excess of 200 could only end up getting 159.
KL Rahul Hits Century To Give India Comfortable Victory
England started well as they got the wicket of S Dhawan in the first over. Captain Virat Kohli decided to promote KL Rahul ahead of himself and the dashing right handed batsmen took control of the game right away.
Rohit Sharma struggled a bit with his timing and decided to let KL Rahul take the lead. Rahul had no such trouble with his timing and dispatched both the seamers and spinners with ease. He scored a fabulous century and remained unbeaten on 101 hitting 10 fours and 5 sixes at a strike rate of 187. This was the second T20 hundred for KL Rahul and him finding form is good for the Indian team as they will look to play him in all formats.
India Will Look To Seal Series In Second T20
England will look to bounce back in the second T20 which is scheduled to take place in Cardiff on July 06. Their biggest challenge will be handling K Yadav and Y Chahal who sent down 8 overs between them and conceded just 57 runs and took 6 wickets.
India will want to win the T20 series in Cardiff and send a strong message to the England camp with the ODI and Test series looming ahead.