India v Eng 1st T20I: England win in a canter
England won the opening match in the five-match Twenty20 International series by eight wickets to start their white ball campaign in style.
India asked to bat, posted a modest 124 for seven in their 20 overs. In response, England chased it down with eight wickets to spare in just 15.3 overs to finish on 130 for two.
Earlier, India lost some early wickets to be reduced to 20 for three and then 48 for four. Then, Shreyas Iyer (67: 48b, 8x4, 1x6) held the innings together. He added a crucial 54 runs for the fifth wicket with Hardik Pandya (19). But the Indian line-up never really got going.
For England the best bowler was Jofra Archer (3-23).
The chase for England was easy as their openers Jason Roy (49: 32b, 4x4, 3x6) and Jos Buttler (28) added 72 runs. Then the reliable firm of Dawid Malan (24 n.o.) and Jonny Bairstow (26 n.o.) finished the last rites as England won in style.
Yuzvendra Chahal (1-44) and Washington Sundar (1-18) picked the two wickets for India.
Match Summary - India v England, 1st T20I, Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad
India 124-7 (20)
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (KL Rahul-1.2 ov), 2-3 (Virat Kohli-2.3 ov), 3-20 (Shikhar Dhawan-4.6 ov), 4-48 (Rishabh Pant-9.6 ov), 5-102 (Hardik Pandya-17.2 ov), 6-102 (Shardul Thakur-17.3 ov), 7-117 (Shreyas Iyer-19.3 ov)
England 130-2 (15.3)
Fall of wickets: 1-72 (Jos Buttler-7.6 ov), 2-89 (Jason Roy-11.1 ov)
Result - England won by eight wickets
The winning moment ??#INDvENGpic.twitter.com/YnGv3rZcjn— England Cricket (@englandcricket) March 12, 2021
England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan (captain), Sam Curran, Jofra Archer, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
India: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal
Match officials: KN Ananthapadmanabhan, Nitin Menon (On-field umpires); Virender Sharma (TV Umpire);
Anil Chaudhary (Reserve Umpire); Javagal Srinath (Match-referee)
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