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England vs India - 1st T20I

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

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

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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.

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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)

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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.

18.2
6
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
18.1
1
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

17.6
1
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
17.5
1
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
17.4
2
Willey to Kohli, 2 runs, rubbery-wrist-whip into the widely vacant cow corner. And he'll make KL wait longer
17.3
1
Willey to Rahul, 1 run, tickled away off the hips. 99
17.2
4
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
17.1
1
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.

16.6
1
Plunkett to Kohli, 1 run, 133kph, rides the bounce to dab it down to third man
16.5
0
Plunkett to Kohli, no run, angry charge down. An angry slap too. And cover couldn't be found better
16.5
1
Plunkett to Kohli, wide, 116kph, tries the slower sucker, but with Kohli walking across his stumps, it meekly trickles down leg
16.4
0
Plunkett to Kohli, no run, 130kph, hard back of a length outside off. Kohli loses timing in his stretched drive
16.3
1
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
16.2
1
Plunkett to Kohli, 1 run, jagging back in on the thighs. Nurdled, behind square
16.1
0
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

15.6
1
Willey to Kohli, 1 run, stabs now. Just wide of point. 5.3.3.3.5 -- the story of the last few overs, just when we'd become used to seeing these many in a single over itself
15.5
1
Willey to Rahul, 1 run, sweepy-scoop. Helps the already leg-line to a tumbling long leg
15.4
0
Willey to Rahul, no run, on the move down, and then a hook. But then Willey's got it higher
15.3
1
Willey to Kohli, 1 run, bumps it in, angling across as Kohli uses all of it in dabbing it further. Third man again
15.2
1
Willey to Rahul, 1 run, calm punch into the covers. 92
15.1
1
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

14.6
1
Adil Rashid to Kohli, 1 run, 82kph, some air. A very Kohli-like off-drive, sinking on a knee. And those wrists
14.5
0
Adil Rashid to Kohli, no run, flat, wide, and Kohli leaves
14.4
0
Adil Rashid to Kohli, no run, stays back in his crease, blocking some. Net practice you see
14.3
1
Adil Rashid to Rahul, 1 run, walking drive. Long-off .. bloody confidence

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

14.2
1
Adil Rashid to Kohli, 1 run, 87kph, short. Kohli goes deep, tucking it to deep square leg
14.1
0
Adil Rashid to Kohli, no run, googly. Kohli covers it with his stride, turning it to short mid-wicket
13.6
1
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
13.5
0
Jordan to Kohli, no run, body-lined. He's happy to buy time, buy defences
13.4
1
Jordan to Rahul, 1 run, punched away, angle-batted through the covers
13.3
0
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
13.2
1
Jordan to Kohli, 1 run, opens up his steer, reaching away from his body to get it behind point
13.1
0
Jordan to Kohli, no run, nipping in on middle off a length. A typical Kohli shuffle, with a typical Kohli-wrist knock. There's short mid-wicket
12.6
0
Adil Rashid to Rahul, no run, straighter one. Tapped away to extra cover
12.5
1
Adil Rashid to Kohli, 1 run, big stride out to the pitch of it, easing it down to long-off

Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease

12.4
0
Adil Rashid to Rohit, out Caught by Eoin Morgan!! He's bored watching Rahul -- tries to emulate an inside-out cover drive. This flight makes him wait longer, but Rohit's early, hence not the elevation, and hence the distance equalling it between the pitch at Morgan at short cover. And his love affair with leg-spinners continues to England. Rohit c Eoin Morgan b Adil Rashid 32(30) [4s-3 6s-1]

Adil Rashid to Rohit, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

12.3
1
Adil Rashid to Rahul, 1 run, 89kph, in the crease, knocked away to leg
12.2
1
Adil Rashid to Rohit, 1 run, steps out, realizes the length is a meant-to-be drag down. And adjusts with a square punch
12.1
0
Adil Rashid to Rohit, no run, tossed into middle. Sharma presses out, defending a drive back down the wicket

Adil Rashid [2.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack

CRAJ: 10.67 | REQ: 4 -- So one shot an over should do it for India.

11.6
1
Jordan to Rohit, 1 run, another full toss. Rohit takes it through the covers, sweeper to be precise
11.5
1
Jordan to Rahul, 1 run, quick bumper. 133kph. Rahul sways, ramps .. having to settle for an inside-half upper cut down to third man
11.4
2
Jordan to Rahul, 2 runs, drifting down. Neatly wristed to tease fine leg in, almost. Makes Willey dive
11.3
0
Jordan to Rahul, no run, 133kph, fuller, Rahul's early now, waiting to chip the drive eventually off the inside half
11.2
0
Jordan to Rahul, no run, on the ribs. Skidding in length, hurrying past Rahul's flat-bat. No, he's fine, he wants a century
11.1
1
Jordan to Rohit, 1 run, nice high full toss. Rohit will watch the show, clipping it round the corner

Chris Jordan [2.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack

10.6
6
Plunkett to Rahul, SIX, yup normalcy. Plunkett tries going short. Oh poor Plunkett. Pulled, powered, swinging with his walk inside the line to make it all the more brutal. 20 off the over
10.5
0
Plunkett to Rahul, no run, just outside off, flat-footed in trying a run down to third man. Nope, it can only be this right, he'll have to deal with an inside-edge just past his stumps
10.4
4
Plunkett to Rahul, FOUR, leg. Off. And yes, leg. Hips, now Rahul shows us he can swivel too to whip it away .. behind square
10.3
4
Plunkett to Rahul, FOUR, and inside-out. It's a beauty show, and KL is the queen. Plunkett responds with a pitch up outside off, Rahul lines, stays under and lofts an extra cover class
10.2
6
Plunkett to Rahul, SIX, picks. Dispatches. Floated up on the legs, oh my Rahul doesn't need this. Surely not when he's riding this form. Swipes, flicking it uppishly and flying over fine leg

Well it was Nikhil in the first ten, in case you haven't understood.

10.1
0
Plunkett to Rahul, no run, hard good length. Rahul gets across, straight batting .. a rare defence

Liam Plunkett [2.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack

Time for Vineet to finish this off. Here he is!

9.6
1
Moeen Ali to Rahul, 1 run, eases the floated delivery down to long-on and retains strike
9.5
6
Moeen Ali to Rahul, SIX, tremendous hit! This is amazing hitting by Rahul. Takes on Moeen and clears long-on with an effortless lofted shot. India has crossed the 100-run mark too. They are hunting this down well before time
9.4
4
Moeen Ali to Rahul, FOUR, quite a risky shot! This could have easily been an lbw. Flatter one around middle, Rahul gets down on his knee and reverse-slaps right into the gap between backward point and short third man
9.3
1
Moeen Ali to Rohit, 1 run, a bit of air on that as Rohit drags it down to long-on
9.2
1
Moeen Ali to Rahul, 1 run, nudges it through mid-wicket for a single
9.1
1
Moeen Ali to Rohit, 1 run, punches the floated one through the gap at cover
8.6
4
Adil Rashid to Rahul, FOUR, 5th T20I fifty for Rahul! Gets there in style too. This was headed towards the glove of the keeper as Rahul is late to play his shot. Guides it past the diving fielder at short third man and gets to the milestone
8.5
1
Adil Rashid to Rohit, 1 run, drags the flighted delivery towards the fielder at mid-wicket
8.4
1
Adil Rashid to Rahul, 1 run, short in length outside off, well outside off as Rahul eases it into the off side
8.3
1
Adil Rashid to Rohit, 1 run, rotates the strike with an easy knock down to long-on
8.2
0
Adil Rashid to Rohit, no run, floated around off, Rohit stays in his crease and plays it down
8.1
6
Adil Rashid to Rohit, SIX, the crowd is loving this. When Rohit is in form, everyone does. Short in length on middle and leg, Rohit picks it nicely and goes back in his crease to club it way into the stands over mid-wicket. Sublime timing and connection on that blow
7.6
2
Moeen Ali to Rahul, 2 runs, short and flat on middle and leg, Rahul is quick to camp back and pull it in the gap at mid-wicket. Long-on sprints to his right and saves two
7.5
1
Moeen Ali to Rohit, 1 run, nudges this to deep square leg for a single
7.4
1
Moeen Ali to Rahul, 1 run, works that short one towards mid-wicket and takes a single
7.3
2
Moeen Ali to Rahul, 2 runs, floater on middle and leg, Rahul tucks it away to the man at deep mid-wicket and comes back for two
7.2
6
Moeen Ali to Rahul, SIX, that's a towering shot! The fielder at long-on was interested, but he came in as the ball was hit towards him. Rahul came down the track and tonked it towards long-on where Jordon misjudged it and spilt it over the boundary
7.1
4
Moeen Ali to Rahul, FOUR, premeditates and does it well. Goes on his knee and reverse sweeps the floater past short third man. The pace was enough and all Rahul had to do is get it past the fielder

Moeen Ali, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

6.6
4
Adil Rashid to Rohit, FOUR, here comes the fifty-run stand. Short and fraction wide. Rohit quickly camps back and cuts it. Past the fielder stationed at point and away to the fence in no time.
6.5
0
Adil Rashid to Rohit, no run, eases the tossed up delivery back to Rashid. He's picking him but a touch late
6.4
0
Adil Rashid to Rohit, no run, the straighter delivery, right in the slot on middle, Rohit attempts a sweep and gets an inside edge. Past the leg-stump and towards short fine leg
6.3
0
Adil Rashid to Rohit, no run, another wrong 'un. Around off and Rohit goes back to late-cut it to short third man
6.2
1
Adil Rashid to Rahul, 1 run, the leg-break, short and well outside off, Rahul rocks back and punches it through cover
6.1
1
Adil Rashid to Rohit, 1 run, starts off with a googly, Rohit is quick to camp back and whip it down to long-on

Adil Rashid, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

5.6
1
Plunkett to Rohit, 1 run, back of a length around middle and leg, Rohit stays in his crease and nurdles this around the corner to get a single
5.5
1
Plunkett to Rahul, 1 run, drills the full toss down to long-on to hand over the strike to Rohit
5.4
4
Plunkett to Rahul, FOUR, fifty up for India with a boundary. Short delivery aimed at the helmet, Rahul is quick to swivel and help it on its away over short fine leg. Boundaries have started to flow from the blade of both batsmen
5.3
0
Plunkett to Rahul, no run, short and slow around middle and leg, Rahul goes for a hack, but doesn't connect it
5.2
0
Plunkett to Rahul, no run, full toss around off, Rahul fails to get proper connection and mistimes his push to cover
5.1
0
Plunkett to Rahul, no run, pitched up, the line is middle and leg, Rahul plays the on-drive. Somewhat similar to a helicopter, but keeps it on the ground. Straight to the fielder at mid-on though
4.6
4
Jordan to Rohit, FOUR, picks the slower one this time around. Full in length around off, Rohit shimmies down the track and clobbers this past the fielder at mid-off. Another impressive shot by Sharma
4.5
0
Jordan to Rohit, no run, how close, how close to that leg-stump! Was the slower delivery and Rohit had no clue about it. Comes down the wicket way early and goes ahead with a hack. End result - a bottom edge that goes past the leg-stump! Jordan had his hands on his head!
4.4
1
Jordan to Rahul, 1 run, shuffles a bit, counters the line with a wristy flick. Was a length delivery on middle and leg,
4.3
1
Jordan to Rohit, 1 run, short again, Rohit goes for a pull and mistimes his pull to deep mid-wicket
4.2
4
Jordan to Rohit, FOUR, Rohit finally gets one shot right. Was looking to play that release shot since quite a while. Stays back in his crease and squeezes the fullish delivery through point. No fielder to stop this as Rohit gets his first one of the match
4.1
0
Jordan to Rohit, no run, back of a length around off, Rohit bunts it back to the bowler

Chris Jordan [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

3.6
4
Plunkett to Rahul, FOUR, boundary to end the over! Beautiful shot, exclaims Deep Dasgupta on air as Rahul crashes one into the fence. Srhot of a length around off, Rahul takes a step ahead and plays the square cut. Right past the fielder at backward point as this races away
3.5
4
Plunkett to Rahul, FOUR, nicely done! Full again but on the pads, Rahul moves towards the off-stump and glances it down to fine leg. The fielder was inside the circle and Rahul knew it. Gets it away to the fence eventually
3.5
1
Plunkett to Rahul, wide, short and wide outside off, Rahul flashes at it but it's well outside the guideline
3.4
1
Plunkett to Rohit, 1 run, was way early into his pull on that occasion. Short of a length bowled with rolled fingers. Rohit was on his front foot as he dragged it with his cue-end to deep mid-wicket
3.3
1
Plunkett to Rahul, 1 run, flicks this full one towards deep mid-wicket and takes a single again
3.2
1
Plunkett to Rohit, 1 run, drags his length back after bowling a full one previously. Rohit camps back and plays a late cut to find the fielder at third man
3.1
0
Plunkett to Rohit, no run, pitched on a full length again, around off as Rohit drills it towards the fielder at mid-off

Liam Plunkett, right-arm fast, comes into the attack

2.6
0
Willey to Rahul, no run, dropped! Rahul gets away with it as Roy puts one down at backward point. He was probably too close, should have been back. Fullish delivery outside off, Rahul sqeezes it nicely but fails to keep it on the ground. Roy ain't pleased with that effort
2.5
4
Willey to Rahul, FOUR, class written all over that shot. Slightly full and outside off, Rahul gets down on his knee and creams his drive through the gap at cover. Even the diving fielder had no answers to this classic drive
2.4
0
Willey to Rahul, no run, full toss around off, Rahul times his drive but goes straight to mid-off
2.3
2
Willey to Rahul, 2 runs, on the pads again, on a length and Rahul flicks this through the gap at mid-wicket. Fielder was quite square to stop them from taking the second
2.2
1
Willey to Rohit, leg byes, 1 run, a mild appeal for an lbw by Willey. But the impact was a bit high, and was probably missing leg too. Short of a length delivery on middle and leg, raps Rohit's pads as he fails to connect his on side tuck
2.2
1
Willey to Rohit, wide, shaping away from the batsman, down the leg side as Rohit fails to counter the swing. Tried to glance it away, couldn't connect though
2.1
1
Willey to Rahul, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Rahul punches it in the gap at cover-point for a single
1.6
0
Jordan to Rohit, no run, extra carry on that! Was short and wide outside off, Rohit tries to play the upper cut but gets done by the extra bounce. Could have easily top-edged that to the keeper
1.5
0
Jordan to Rohit, no run, good length delivery in the channel outside off, too close to the batsman as Rohit tamely chops it in front of point
1.4
3
Jordan to Rahul, 3 runs, excellent stop by Willey near the fence. Was a beautiful flick by Rahul but Willey was equally good with his chase, sliding near the fence and flicking it back into play. Can't stop the batsmen from taking three though
1.3
0
Jordan to Rahul, no run, pitched up, just outside off, Rahul gets forward in a stylish drive again. Cover-point in action as the ball comes at him
1.2
6
Jordan to Rahul, SIX, he's in the form of his life. Had a fantastic T20 League earlier this year. His innings against Ireland wasn't bad either. Reaches for the full length ball and lofts it with nonchalance over the cover fence. The Indian fans in the crowd are up and roaring. They loved it!
1.1
0
Jordan to Rahul, no run, starts off with an away swinging delivery, wide enough to be left by the batsman. Was a stylish leave by Rahul that

Chris Jordan, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
1
Willey to Rahul, 1 run, ends the over with a full length ball, on the pads though as Rahul flicks it away to deep square leg

Lokesh Rahul, right handed bat, comes to the crease

0.5
0
Willey to Dhawan, out Bowled!! First blow to India as Willey gets his man. Corrects his line and length. Was a full length delivery outside off, swinging away too. Dhawan was lured into a drive but ends up getting an inside edge. Ricochets on to the stumps and he makes his walk back to the hut, early in the innings. That'll unsettle some nerves back in the dressing room. Dhawan b Willey 4(4) [4s-1]

Willey to Dhawan, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

0.4
1
Willey to Rohit, 1 run, in the channel outside off, on a good length as Rohit steers it past backward point
0.4
1
Willey to Rohit, wide, got to see quite a few of these in the first innings. Bhuvi bowled quite a few wides too. Swinging on a full length but down the leg side as Rohit lets it go
0.3
1
Willey to Dhawan, leg byes, 1 run, short of a length on middle and leg, Dhawan fails to connect his tuck as the ball flicks his pads and rolls over to square leg
0.2
0
Willey to Dhawan, no run, swinging away, full and outside off, Dhawan shoulders arms
0.1
4
Willey to Dhawan, FOUR, the chase it on it's way. Couldn't be a better start. Not a convincing shot though! Was a length delivery and well outside off, Dhawan throws his bat at it and gets an edge. It's off the toe-end and well past the fielder at slip

Dhawan and Rohit are at the crease. Dhawan is on strike. Willey will open the attack