India beat England by eight wickets in opening T20

India beat England by eight wickets in opening T20

England side promoted batsman-wicketkeeper Jos Buttler as an opener, helping his side to come out during crucial moments. Team India is ranked second in ICC T20I teams ranking whereas England is ranked fourth. "We definitely are", Kohli said when asked whether India had a stronger outfit than Australia at his eve-of-match press conference.

Of course, one defeat does not suddenly make England a bad side but there were clearly areas where they were exposed in Manchester. Later, Kuldeep returned to complete his five-wicket haul, a rarity in T20 cricket.

"He took three wickets in four balls today and deceived us". We want to play competitive cricket against England.

England, meanwhile, made a few strategic changes after their poor showing in the tri-series.

Morgan called on the England middle-order to take a leaf out of Jos Buttler's book in how to play spinners.

England though do not have much to fret over as the team has done exceedingly well ever since they got Buttler at the top of the innings with Roy.

The partnership was broken in the next over, Roy (30) dragging onto his stumps trying to pull Umesh and as he walked off, England's momentum went with him as Alex Hales struggled for any kind of fluency and Buttler was starved of the strike. Joe Root, a player of touch and timing, is a top order player too and is unsuited to batting down at number six as he did here.

Captain Eoin Morgan mistimed an attempted slog-sweep to his opposite number Virat Kohlit.

India arrived in England after crushing Ireland 2-nil in the two-match T20 series.

Rahul played his shots while Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli played the secondary role. They recently whitewashed Australia in the limited overs series as well.

It was the Indian captain, who finished the match with a six off Moeen Ali to remain unbeaten on 20. It was a fine example of setting a platform and kicking on.

Earlier, Kuldeep left the English batsmen in a daze with his magical spell of wrist spin, restricting them to a manageable total.

The battle between English batsmen and India's wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will prove to be decisive. None of England's bowlers, and particularly Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, had the same potency. "If the ball isn't turning or drifting, then a spinner is not a spinner", he said. I thought we got off to a brilliant start. All the feedback was that it was a good wicket. It doesn't matter whether I get runs or don't get runs. Kuldeep bowled well and we know he can bowl well. But we will play fearless cricket. Elaborating on that 14th over that changed the complexion of England's innings, Kuldeep said: "England's start with the bat was quite good".

"The more time at the crease, the better you see the ball", said Morgan, alluding to perhaps a more cautious approach in the next two matches. "[We need to] Face more deliveries".

The second T20I will be played in Cardiff on Friday, and Kuldeep warned that a repeat performance is not a surety although he will strive for that. Who would miss out? "So you have to have a pretty clear plan, and stick to it". If they don't, India's spinners could have a field day in this series.

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