India vs England 1st T20: England crush India to go 1-0 up

Moeen finished with figures of 2-21 off his four overs

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An economical spell from Moeen Ali, which resulted in two wickets, and a quickfire 51 by captain Eoin Morgan saw England cruise to a seven-wicket win in the first Twenty20 International against India in Kanpur.

Being put in to bat first, India got off to a steady start before losing opener Lokesh Rahul for eight runs.

Captain Virat Kohli fell shortly after for 29, while veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh could only make 12 before he was dismissed by Liam Plunkett.

Suresh Raina made an encouraging start to his innings, but failed to take it further as he was clean bowled by Ben Stokes for 34.

India continued to lose wickets at regular intervals following Raina’s departure, but thanks to an unbeaten 36 from wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the hosts finished on 147/7 off their 20 overs.

Moeen was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Plunkett, Stokes, Chris Jordan and Tymal Mills chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 148 to win, England made a solid start to their innings before opener Jason Roy was cleaned up by Yuzvendra Chahal for 19.

Chahal struck again just three balls later when he removed Roy’s opening partner, Sam Billings, for 22.

Despite the double blow, England recovered as Morgan and Joe Root amassed an 83-run partnership, during which Morgan brought up his half-century.

Morgan, however, was unable to see England home as he was sent packing by debutant Parvez Rasool for 51, which came off 38 balls and included one boundary and four sixes.

Morgan made his eighth Twenty20 International fifty

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Root and Stokes mopped up the remaining runs to lead England to victory with 11 balls to spare.

Root finished unbeaten on 46, which came off 46 deliveries and included four boundaries, while Stokes remained undefeated on two.

Chahal was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Rasool claimed one.

Kohli was disappointed with his side’s performance, and said: “England played better cricket than us today, and they are deserving winners. Credit to their bowlers, they bowled good hard lengths with extra pace and bounce. We would have liked to execute that as well, but we were about 30-35 runs short on that wicket.”

Morgan was delighted to have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, and said: “Our bowlers were outstanding tonight, Moeen Ali in particular showed great resolve. We showed a lot of experience, and Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan put their hands up in very important roles. They made it very hard for the Indian batsmen on a small ground. Sam Billings and Jason Roy did outstandingly well, Sam has taken his two chances when he’s had the opportunity.”

Moeen was named Man of the Match, and said: “As a bowling unit we were fantastic. Pleased to be 1-0 up with two big games to go. I took a bit of confidence from the ODIs, but just tried to bowl a [good] length.”

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