How did India dominate hosts England in the first T20I?

The India vs. England T20 series began with an electrifying encounter as India beat England by 50 runs in the 1st T20.

The series is considered extremely important as India prepares for T20 World Cup in October. However, India had to play with a second-string side as senior players were recuperating from the one-off Test. The good news for Indian fans was that skipper Rohit Sharma made his return. Team India played the same squad they played for the Ireland series. India won the toss and chose to bat first. IPL sensation Arshdeep Singh made his international debut.

England, on the other hand, had a new-look side as well. The newly-appointed skipper Jos Buttler began his stint after the retirement of Eoin Morgan. England didn’t have the services of their test players like Ben Stokes and Johnny Bairstow. Harry Brook made his international debut for England.

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India ended just shy of 200 with an ultra-attacking approach.

Team India made its intentions clear right away. Despite not having a deep batting line-up for the game, skipper Rohit Sharma took the attack on the English bowling right away. Sharma scored 24 off 14 deliveries before edging one of the Moeen Ali deliveries. He looked sublime for his short innings. Indian batsmen weren’t hitting breaks as in-form Deepak Hooda came in at three and started to attack right away. Suryakumar Yadav joined hands as India was able to put 66 runs in the powerplay.

Hooda and SKY couldn’t convert their starts into big scores but were sticking to the strategy of attacking. Hooda scored 33 off 17 deliveries, and SKY scored 39 off 19. The innings still required one big score and Hardik Pandya provided that. Pandya adhered to the approach of taking calculated risks as he scored 51 off 33 deliveries. India lost their plot in the latter half of the innings but was able to put 198 runs on the board. Chris Jordan was the pick of the bowlers as he conceded only 23 runs in his four overs and took two wickets.

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Masterful swing bowling leads India to a dominating victory

England lost the dangerous Jos Buttler in the very first over as he was castled by a beauty from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Arshdeep Singh bowled a beautiful first over of his career as it was a maiden.
However, it was Hardik Pandya, who started picking up wickets at regular intervals. Pandya took 4 wickets and conceded only 33 runs in four overs. Debutant Harry Brook and Moeen Ali showed some resistance but failed short. The wickets kept falling as England was all-out for 148 runs.

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Team India showed a clinical performance as they defeated a strong English team. India would like to iron out some issues in fielding as they dropped at least four easy catches. Hardik Pandya was named Player of the match for his 51 and four wickets.

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