England defeated India in the first T20 by 7 wickets at Green Park. After winning the toss, England bowled well and restricted India to a modest total of 147 and then chased down the target with ease.
England won the toss and chose to field. The Indian openers Virat Kohli and KL Rahul gave the team a solid start putting on 34 for the first wicket. KL Rahul was the first batsmen to be dismissed for 8. At the end of first six overs India was 47 for 1. In the 8th over captain Kohli was dismissed for 29. After that none of the Indian batsmen scored runs consistently as wickets fell at regular intervals. Suresh Raina scored 34, Yuvraj Singh 12, Manish Pandey, 3 and Hardik Pandya scored 9 runs which did not help India’s case. MS Dhoni was the top scorer for India with 36 off 27 balls. India scored 147 for 7 in 20 overs. The pick of bowlers for England was Moeen Ali taking 2 wickets giving away just 21 runs. All the other England bowlers did an excellent job to restrict the Indian batting.
Chasing the target of 148, England openers Jason Roy and Sam Billings gave the team a flying start hitting Bumrah and Ashish Nehra. Yuzvendra Chahal was brought in the 4th over and took 2 wickets in the same over to bring back India into the game. At the end of six overs, England was 48 for 2. Eoin Morgan and Joe Root played with positive intent putting on 83 runs for the third wicket. Eoin Morgan completed his half century and was dismissed for 51. England chased down the target of 148 in 18.1 overs with 7 wickets. Chahal picked 2 wickets but it was enough for India to win the match.
Moeen Ali was named the man of the match for his brilliant spell of 2 for 21 in four overs.
England have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20 series. The second match will be played at Nagpur on 29th January.
England 148 for 3 in 18.1 overs ( Eoin Morgan 51, YS Chahal 2/27) beat India 147 for 7(MS Dhoni 36, Moeen Ali 2/21)