India vs England 1st T20, Ind vs ENG highlights: India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to field first. England batting first in the 1st T20 in Manchester, was able to put on a score of 159 after 20 overs. They lost their 8 wickets. With Jos Buttler and Jason Roy opening for England were able to give a good start but Umesh Yadav came with a breakthrough and got the wicket of Jason Roy. England’s middle order did not perform well. Jos Buttler was the anchor point of their batting line up. Jos Buttler scored 69 runs off 46 balls. After Kuldeep Yadav took the wicket of Jos Buttler’s wicket, run rate of England came slashing down. India performed well with the ball as well as with the bat. Kuldeep Yadav got 5 wicket haul, while Umesh Yadav got two wickets, and Pandya got 1. With the bat, K L Rahul scored a well deserved century steering India towards an easy win. K L Rahul scored 101 runs off just 54 balls. With astonishing batting of K L Rahul and mesmerising bowling of Kuldeep Yadav, India won by 8 wickets and Kuldeep Yadav got the award of Man of the match after taking 5 wickets.
England who had to bat first chose to play the playing eleven from their last match against Australia. As for India, they have included Suresh Raina over Dinesh Karthik and Umesh Yadav will also play with Jasprit Bumrah ruled out due to injury. The first match of the eleven across three formats will be played at Old Trafford on Tuesday night with the next two games to be played in Cardiff and Bristol. Unlike the two Dublin games, the Indian team is likely to face tough competition from England who have been merciless in the recent past (ask Australia).
Regardless of the result, the series will be a treat for the audience who will get to see probably the two best limited-overs line-ups in action. Both units have a destructive set of batsmen, top-quality fast-bowlers and match-winning spinners. England, however, will miss the services of the injured pair Ben Stokes and Tom Curran and the rested Mark Wood, all three of whom played in this season’s IPL.