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England vs India - 1st T20I

Series: India tour of England, 2018
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Date & Time: 03 July 2018

India 163/2 (18.2 Ovs) RR: 8.89 | India won by 8 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Shikhar Dhawan bowled Willeybowled Willey4410
Rohit Sharma c Morgan & b Adil Rashidc Morgan & b Adil Rashid323031
Lokesh Rahul Not OutNot Out10154105
Virat Kohli Not OutNot Out202201
Suresh Raina dnbdnb0000
MS Dhoni dnbdnb0000
Hardik Pandya dnbdnb0000
Bhuvneshwar Kumar dnbdnb0000
Kuldeep Yadav dnbdnb0000
Umesh Yadav dnbdnb0000
Yuzvendra Chahal dnbdnb0000
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 2, w 4, nb 0)
Total 163 (2 Wkts, 18.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
7-1 (Shikhar Dhawan,0.5), 130-2 (Rohit Sharma,12.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
David Willey4 0 30 1 7.50
Chris Jordan4 0 27 0 6.75
Liam Plunkett4 0 42 0 10.50
Adil Rashid4 0 25 1 6.25
Moeen Ali2.2 0 37 0 16.82
Jason Roy0 0 0 0 0
Jos Buttler0 0 0 0 0
Alex Hales0 0 0 0 0
Joe Root0 0 0 0 0
Eoin Morgan0 0 0 0 0
Jonny Bairstow0 0 0 0 0


Now Virat Kohli can talk on and on. And Ian Ward is never short on questions. But it's England who'll have to answer them now .. it's been that kind of a pasting. But trust Cardiff to spice things up. Trust the English to bounce back. And trust us to bring everything to you. For now, this is Vineet Anantharaman signing off and on behalf of Sagar Chawla, Varun Dikshit, Nikhil Jadhav, Kumar Abhisekh Das and our scorer Naga, ta ta!!

Kuldeep Yadav | Man of the Match: It is my first tour of England and things are going really well. The conditions are prefect, felt like home. The wicket was dry and that's why I stuck to my line and length. It's important that when you bowl a wrong 'un it has to be in the perfect area. Obviously when you have two legends (Kohli and Dhoni) you need to take all the advice you can. Things are going well and hopefully I'd like to take it into the next match.

Virat Kohli (2/2): We haven't changed a lot, I usually bat at three and have dropped to four, but this allows me to control the innings in the middle-overs. It gives someone like KL the freedom to go after in the powerplay. We want our cricketers to be fearless, enjoy themselves just like what Kuldeep and he did today. We don't want that mindset to change and want to provide a cushion behind them to go after. It may not work out well every time but we need to stick to it. We dropped Jos and we know how dangerous he can be. It was a moment where I felt we needed to hold on to everything and I got the opportunity to convert. I can't be someone who's standing on the field doing nothing, I need to be pumped up when I am playing for the country and sometimes that boils over, but it's not that I always go bonkers. Luckily that passion has carried on for a while.

Virat Kohli | Winning skipper (1/2): Just looking at all the three skill-sets and how convincing we were gives me a lot of pleasure. Some of the younger guys stepping up pleases us too. We are shuffling around keeping the WC in mind and that's why KL went in at three and I went in at four. Umesh was superb with the new ball as well. Kuldeep is a wrist spinner, he's going to be lethal with any help from the pitch. It was his one over that turned it for us beacuse England were taking it away before that. He's very difficult to pick and his wrong 'un hasn't been easy and I hope he can keep working on it. At the toss I didn't think the wicket wouldn't change much through the course of the game, but we were lucky to keep them down to 30-40 runs short. With the start they got, I thought they would get to 200. And then the odds were stacked against England. Rahul has come a long way; especially the way he's been batting since the T20 League and in that one game in Ireland - so clean and crisp. We want guys like him to step up. We don't want to be one-dimensional, we want people going up and down the order. He's got a great technique, great temperament and is very hungry and today he was a bit emotional because the last century he scored was against England in Chennai and it's been that long he's been waiting for. It was a great century and a great sign for Indian cricket.

Eoin Morgan | Losing skipper: I think thoroughly deserved for India. The best part of the game was when Jos Buttler and Jason Roy got off to a fantastic start, but they pulled it back superbly. Three wickets in the middle set us back and we never really gained momentum back from there. And then when a guy like KL Rahul gets going, he's difficult to stop. Kuldeep is a terrific bowler, we knew he'd be a big threat coming into the series. It is something we need to assess and get back in the next game. When the wicket is that good you have to take your options, it gives you the incentive to go after. We needed to take every half chance possible, but we didn't and then defending 160 was always going to be difficult. But certainly had we taken them, we'd have been in the game. Today was a game of margins for our spinners; KL chipped one just over. But India played well today and it just wasn't our day and hopefully we'll turn up for the next one. We talk about the crowds every time before an India or a Pakistan game, it has the potential to feel like an away game. The football too is going on and it is a big factor and it is something which is very real but India have a great following and we have to deal with it.


T20I 100s for India:
118 Rohit v SL, Indore, 2017
110*KL Rahul v WI, Lauderhill, 2016
106 Rohit v SA, Dharamsala, 2015
101 S Raina v SA, Gros Islet, 2010
101* KL Rahul v Eng, Manchester, 2018

Two T20I 100s on the same day - KL RAHUL part of both
27 Aug 2016: Evin Lewis (100) & KL Rahul (110*)
03 July 2018: Aaron Finch (172) & KL Rahul (101*)

Innings to 2000 T20I runs:
56 V KOHLI *
66 B McCullum
68 M Guptill
92 Shoaib Malik

Fastest to 1000 T20I runs - Kohli (27 innings)
Fastest to 2000 T20I runs - Kohli (56 innings)


But make no mistake, he's piggybacked on the web Kuldeep Yadav spun - ensuring the English were kept down to 160 when 200 looked a possibility at one stage. Now shared MOMs are rare, and T20Is haven't seen any so far. Can tonight break the trend? Stay on.

Hundred & five-fer in the same T20I for a side:
Morne van Vyk (114*) & David Wiese (5/23) v WI, Durban, 2015
KL Rahul (101*) & Kuldeep Yadav (5/24) v Eng, Manchester, 2018

20:52 local: Seven successive T20I wins and India embark on all their United Kingdom build-up with a damning win. To hell with who's batting where, Rahul does well with his promotion. It's not everyday that you outclass, outpace, outshine Rohit, but such was KL's day. He's carrying pristine form in, and he celebrates his first match on these shores with a stunner. A near-chanceless stunner. It's also not everyday that you score over 60% of your side's runs in a chase against one of the best sides in the world. So much so that it makes Buttler's innings seem like ages ago.

Moeen Ali to Kohli, SIX, seals in style. Thumppp. Moeen's been carted around enough, and Kohli joins in with a bottom-handed whip as he runs down the pitch. And lofts it over long-on. Well over
Moeen Ali to Rahul, 1 run, eased down the ground. Generous enough chap, he'll let Kohli finish

Moeen Ali [2.0-0-30-0] is back into the attack

Willey to Rahul, 1 run, oh yes. And KL will do a dab to the dressing room. He joins Rohit Sharma on that elusive list - becoming the only two Indians with two T20I centuries. And unless there's an apocalypse, this should end up in a win for him. Does it with a flat-batted heave into deep square leg, and he doesn't even bother with the second. He'd rather celebrate
Willey to Kohli, 1 run, full, wide, angling further. Dug out, under a diving point. Doesn't matter - it's Rahul with his strike back - to become the second Indian with two T20I centuries
Willey to Kohli, 2 runs, rubbery-wrist-whip into the widely vacant cow corner. And he'll make KL wait longer
Willey to Rahul, 1 run, tickled away off the hips. 99
Willey to Rahul, FOUR, airy flick. And India have their first boundary in six overs. An absolute filthy float up down leg, Rahul swipes, almost sweeps .. and there's nothing Moeen can do out there
Willey to Kohli, 1 run, very tennis-like forehand. Down to long-on

Equation - CRAJ: 8.59 | REQ: 4.67 - 14 off 18. So these two have done a Dhoni, taking it as deep as there can be.

Plunkett to Kohli, 1 run, 133kph, rides the bounce to dab it down to third man
Plunkett to Kohli, no run, angry charge down. An angry slap too. And cover couldn't be found better
Plunkett to Kohli, wide, 116kph, tries the slower sucker, but with Kohli walking across his stumps, it meekly trickles down leg
Plunkett to Kohli, no run, 130kph, hard back of a length outside off. Kohli loses timing in his stretched drive
Plunkett to Rahul, 1 run, gets his bottom-hand off in reaching away from his body to squeeze it in front of mid-off, who's way too deep for the situation's liking
Plunkett to Kohli, 1 run, jagging back in on the thighs. Nurdled, behind square
Plunkett to Kohli, no run, mistimed drive, toe-ending it to mid-off

Liam Plunkett [3.0-0-38-0] is back into the attack

Willey to Kohli, 1 run, stabs now. Just wide of point. -- the story of the last few overs, just when we'd become used to seeing these many in a single over itself
Willey to Rahul, 1 run, sweepy-scoop. Helps the already leg-line to a tumbling long leg
Willey to Rahul, no run, on the move down, and then a hook. But then Willey's got it higher
Willey to Kohli, 1 run, bumps it in, angling across as Kohli uses all of it in dabbing it further. Third man again
Willey to Rahul, 1 run, calm punch into the covers. 92
Willey to Kohli, 1 run, backs away. Willey follows his legs. Both adjust with a flick to fine leg

David Willey [2.0-0-15-1] is back into the attack

Adil Rashid to Kohli, 1 run, 82kph, some air. A very Kohli-like off-drive, sinking on a knee. And those wrists
Adil Rashid to Kohli, no run, flat, wide, and Kohli leaves
Adil Rashid to Kohli, no run, stays back in his crease, blocking some. Net practice you see
Adil Rashid to Rahul, 1 run, walking drive. Long-off .. bloody confidence

25 in 34 -- They'll need a bigger shot every over now.

Adil Rashid to Kohli, 1 run, 87kph, short. Kohli goes deep, tucking it to deep square leg
Adil Rashid to Kohli, no run, googly. Kohli covers it with his stride, turning it to short mid-wicket
Jordan to Kohli, 1 run, head-lined. A full-blooded swivel, but decently done to keep the pull down with fine leg waiting just for that
Jordan to Kohli, no run, body-lined. He's happy to buy time, buy defences
Jordan to Rahul, 1 run, punched away, angle-batted through the covers
Jordan to Rahul, no run, England review. In a ground as noisy as this, you'd require snickos in your ears to hear nicks. Well and umpire Michael Gough has them installed. So here it goes - Rahul chases a loopy bouncer going down leg with a pull, misses obviously, and Buttler has heard something. It's off his forearm, a slight flicker


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