Ahmedabad: Riding on bowlers’ disciplined performance, England batsmen showed immense maturity to outplay India by eight wickets in the first of the five T20 Internationals here at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday night. In reply to India’s modest 124 for seven, England reached 130 losing just two wickets with 27 balls to spare.
Opener Jason Roy top-scored for England with 49 while Jos Buttler (26), Dawid Malan (24) Jonny Bairstow (26) also contributed handsomely for the visitors.
Batting first India were restricted to 124/7 in their allotted 20 overs following a disciplined England bowling attack.
Only Shreyas Iyer (67 off 48 deliveries, 8x4s and 1×6) could offer some resistance as the rest of the Indian batting fell like a pack of cards. Rishabh Pant (21 off 23 balls) and Hardik Pandya (19 off 21 balls) were the only others to get to double figuresfigures.
Virat Kohli scored a duck.
England opened the bowling with leggie Adil Rashid (1/14 in 3 overs) who claimed the wicket of skipper Virat Kohli in only his second over.
Before Kohli, India had lost KL Rahul to Jofra Archer in only the second over of the game. Archer returned as the most successful England bowler picking three wickets for 23 runs in four overs. He bagged Pandya and Shardul Thakur as well.
Rashid, Mark Wood (1/20 in 4), Chris Jordan (1/27 in 4) and Ben Stokes (1/25 in 3) were the others to share the spoils.
Brief scores: India 124/7 in 20 overs (Shreyas Iyer 67, Jofra Archer 3/23, Aadil Rashid) lost to England 130/2 (Jason Roy 49, Jos Buttler 26) by 8 wickets.