With upcoming home world cup right around the corner, Indian team was expected to experience few changes in team where the team had the license to play fearless cricket as the received they “play aggressive” memo from their skipper.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl first, Adil Rashid opened the bowling for English side where Dhawan and Rahul opened the batting for home side. Indian top order could not perform as per the expectation as KL Rahul ended up dragging up into his own stumps while trying to drive Archer in the 2nd maiden over of the game. Similarly, Indian skipper failed to open his account and was caught in mid off in Rashid’s bowling. Mark Hood bowled Dhawan as he tried to smash him out of the park. At 22-3, we can simply say Indian top order played the format but not the situation. In-form Pant got the start but was not able to convert it to a good score but the Indian middle order batsman Shreyas Iyer’s 67 runs got India to reach the total of 124 runs losing 7 wickets in 20 overs.
For the visiting batsmen chasing a target of 125 in 20 overs seemed pretty easy as they started smashing Indian bowlers from the very first over of the game. Both the English opener Roy and Buttler started destructively but both were not able to convert it into a 50. Buttler was the first wicket to fall as Chahal picked him in the 8th over of the game. Likewise, unlucky Jason Roy got out on 49 as he was picked by Washington Sunder in 12th over of the game. Now it was up to David Malan and Jonny Bairstow to finish the game and both the middle over batsman did it with an ease as they scored 24 and 26 respectively. England chased down the target in 15.3 overs where world number one T20I batsman-David Malan- finished the game with match winning six.
At the end of the day, for Eoin Morgan it was a good day as his plans were well executed but for Indian captain nothing went as per his plan except Shreyas’ innings as the Indian bowling too was pretty expensive. With four more T20I to play, we can expect a cracking context between the South Asian giant and probably the best T20I side currently.