England ruled over India in spite of Iyer show


England conquered India by 8 wickets in the first T20I of their five-match series, at the Narendra Modi stadium(Motera) on March 12. Jason Roy barely missed half-century in his unbeaten innings. Malan and Bairstow made the chase look very easy. Malan finished it off in style by smashing an over boundary in the very end.

The visitors took a couple of wickets in the initial three overs. Kohli’s men lost their top order batsmen in the initial five overs. KL Rahul, Dhawan and Virat kohli – had been sent back to the pavilion within the power play overs. India ended the power play at (22-3).

Archer strikes second ball and it’s a big wicket. This was quite wide outside off, Rahul lazily had to reach for the drive and ended up getting a thick inside edge onto his stumps.

In the next over Kohli tried to take the attack to Adil Rashid, but slapped a skiddy. Kohli makes room to go over mid-off but hasn’t gotten enough to clear the infield. The flat-batted strike is straight to Jordan who treks back just a bit and pouches it perfectly.

Dhawan was bowled by a rocket from wood. Dhawan tries to up the tempo, goes for a wild slog but is way too late on the shot. Ended up looking rather ugly, the dismissal. Wasn’t a percentage stroke at all.

Iyer show started in the 7th over when he smashed a boundary fine down the leg side off mark wood. It was continued till the 19.3th over when England’s left handed batsman Malan ran across to his right from deep and completed with a fine catch. Though Iyer scored a half-century but it didn’t worked.

Once again Hardik backed away to a short ball and flat batted it in the direction of mid-off. Didn’t get the elevation, straight the bucket hand of Jordan who made it look straightforward. Bent down low and held on to a two-handed pouch.

In the very next ball Shardul Thakur was sent out to swing which he did with great relish, nailed the pull on the short delivery, But didn’t bother to keep it down, straight into the hands of Malan at deep backward square leg. Catching practice and Archer finds himself on a hat-trick.

In the meantime, Archer picked two cosecutive wickets in 2 balls. Jofra Archer has awarded the Man of the Match for his stellar show with the ball (3-23).

Morgan’s boys completed their target without any hesitation. For Jonny Bairstow there was a pleasing return to chase the scene of the three ducks in four innings that followed his much debated mid-tour break, clubbing and un beaten 26 runs from 17 balls. Jason Roy had earlier broken the back of the chase with a 32-ball 49.

Jos Buttler has joined the party in the last couple of overs as he has also started hitting boundaries. Buttler departs for 28 as Chahal bowled a straigher one and the batsman failed to pick it got plumb. But in the meantime, they almost reached their goal. Later on, Dawid Malan came and scored 24 runs and finished the chase with an over boundary.

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