Kanpur, January 27: England registered a comprehensive win against India in first Twenty-20 of the 3-match series in Kanpur on Thursday. With this win, the visitors have taken a 1-0 lead in the series. England won the first Twenty-20 match by 7 wickets.
Earlier England won the toss and invited India to bat first. India started off well but failed to capitalise it into a bog score. England bowled well enough and restricted India to the score of 147 runs in twenty overs. Importantly, India lost 7 wickets. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the highest scorer for India withan unbeaten 36.
Later, England started off aggressively and played beautifully throughout their inning. But lost 2 wickets in very quick succession, Eoin Morgan played a captain’s inning and smashed a match-winning 51 for the visitors. Chasing 148 for victory, England achieved the target in only 18.1 overs, losing only three wickets with 11 balls to spare. Moeen Ali was awarded with Man of the Match.
India already won the Test series 4-0 and ODIs 2-1. Virat Kohli in post match press conference accepted that England were much better than India in the first T20 in Kanpur. “With the ball, in the field and with the bat, they were precise. Today England performed the way we know they can,” said Kohli
On the other side, England captain Morgan credited his bowlers for restricting to at least 30 runs below the par score. “Our bowlers were outstanding tonight. Moeen Ali in particular showed great resolve. We showed a lot of experience, and Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan put their hands up in very important roles. They made it very hard for the Indian batsmen on a small ground,” said Morgan.
Powerplay - 47 runs, 1 wicket
India: 50 runs in 6.2 overs
India: 100 runs in 13.4 overs
Innings Break: India - 147/7 in 20 overs
Powerplay - 48 runs, 2 wickets, England: 50 runs in 6.2 overs
3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 48 balls (Joe Root 18, Eoin Morgan 30)
England: 100 runs in 12.3 overs
Eoin Morgan: 50 off 37 balls (1 x four, 4 x sixes)