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by Sandeep Shivam Thursday 26 January 2017
England 148-3 (Morgan 51) beatIndia 147-7 (Dhoni 36no) by seven wicketsFirst Twenty20 International in KanpurScorecard
After a tight bowling from England restricted India to 147 for seven, Eoin Morgan and Joe Root shared 97 runs between them as the visitors chased down the target in 18.1 overs with seven wickets in hand in the first Twenty20 International in Kanpur.
England won the toss and elected to field first. Virat Kohli (29) opened the innings for India along with Lokesh Rahul (8).
After scoring four boundaries in as many overs, Kohli took India to 33 for naught. Chris Jordan (1-27) provided the initial breakthrough for England when he had Rahul caught at fine leg.
With two more boundaries in the sixth over from Suresh Raina (34), India reached 47 for one in the powerplay.
Moeen Ali (2-21) was introduced in the eighth over and in his very first delivery, he got the prized wicket of Kohli, who chipped one to midwicket.
Yuvraj Singh (12) and Raina tried to carry on the momentum with a 20-run stand between them but Liam Plunkett (1-22) and Ben Stokes (1-37) had them dismissed in the 11th and 13th over respectively while Ali trapped Manish Pandey (3) LBW to leave India reeling at 98 for five.
With not much support around, MS Dhoni (36 not out) helped India to post 147 for seven in the 20 overs with his unbeaten 27-ball knock. Ali was the pick of England bowlers after picking two wickets and conceding just 21 runs in the four overs.
Sam Billings (22) scored three boundaries and a six in the second over bowled by Jasprit Bumrah (0-26) to give a head start for England.
Jason Roy (19) followed the suit and struck two more sixes as England raced to 42 for naught in just 19 deliveries. Yuzvendra Chahal (2-27) provided some respite for India by castling both the openers in the fourth over after which England scored just 21 runs in the next five overs.
After negating the early threat from the spinners, both Morgan (51) and Root (46 not out) finding a boundary in almost every over.
With his fourth six of the innings, Morgan completed a 37-ball fifty but was caught in the deep in the next delivery to give Parveez Rasool (1-32) his maiden T20I wicket.
Even though, Morgan, fell, Root ensured he stayed till the end and completed the chase in 18.1 overs with seven wickets in hand to give a 1-0 lead in the series for England.
Ali was awarded with the man of the match for his match-winning bowling performance.
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