Indian team started their English campaign with a winning note as they pipped Eoin Morgan & his boys in the first T20 match at the Old Trafford on Tuesday. KL Rahul's mind-boggling innings and Kuldeep's Yadav magical bowling spell guided Virat Kohli & Co to crush English men by 8 wickets and took an unassailable 1-0 lead in the ongoing 3 match T20 series.
Earlier, Men-in-Blue skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to chase the target at the batting friendly wicket. England started to set the target on a bang as they scored 50 for the loss of 1 wicket in the first 5 overs. After then, British batsmen loss the wickets at regular intervals and struggled to face Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. The left arm wrist spinner Kuldeep took fifer (5/24) and most of the English batsmen were failed to find answers for his flighting deliveries.
The inform batsman Jos Buttler was the top-scorer in England's team as he scored 69 runs in 46 deliveries with 8 fences to the ropes and 2 maximums into the stands. England managed to score 159 runs with the loss of 8 wickets in their 20 overs quota. Kuldeep Yadav bagged 5 wickets while Umesh Yadav snapped 2 wickets and Hardik Pandya chipped a wicket. England was 20 runs short of the fighting score on the batting-friendly track.
With the chasing target of 160, India lost the opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan very early in the first over. KL Rahul came at No 3 slot where Kohli has to come and right-hander Rahul started his innings with a bang. He played the orthodox shots with luminous timing and Old Trafford crowd enjoyed the eye-catching stokes produced by the 26-year-old batsman.
The Bangalore-born-batsman scored unbeaten 101 runs in 54 balls with 10 beautiful boundaries to the ropes and 5 huge sixes into the big stands. Rohit Sharma has become becalmed while KL Rahul was in a fire. Rohit scored 32 runs in 30 balls with three 4s and 1 six. Indian Run-machine Virat Kohli completed 2000 runs in T20I as he made unbeaten 20 runs. Finally, Indian skipper finished the things in style as he hit the winning shot into the big stands.