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India v England: Jofra Archer & Jason Roy star in first T20 win

India v England: Jofra Archer & Jason Roy star in first T20 win

A magnificent bowling performance set England on the way to a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over India in the first Twenty20 in Ahmedabad.

Jofra Archer’s 3-23 spearheaded a relentless showing from the pace bowlers, while leg-spinner Adil Rashid opened the bowling and dismissed home captain Virat Kohli for a duck.

Only Shreyas Iyer, with 67 from 48 balls, got to grips with the England attack and the two-paced pitche as India struggled to 124-7.

England sauntered in the chase, Jason Roy crashing 49 from 32 deliveries to help the tourists to their target with 27 balls to spare.

England stamp their authority

After England were outplayed in losing the Test series 3-1, the T20s looked like a mouthwatering contest – the two best teams in the world, with all the matches played in the world’s biggest cricket stadium, seven months away from a World Cup in India.

With a full-strength side at his disposal, England captain Eoin Morgan said this was a learning experience before the World Cup.

As it turned out, the tourists were completely dominant from the moment Morgan won the toss.

As a collective, the fast bowlers were pacey, pounding away short of a length. Morgan’s decision to entrust Rashid with the new ball was astute, typifying his excellent night as captain, while England’s fielding was faultless.

There was no sign of England’s batting struggles from the Test series, and the contest was over long before Dawid Malan sealed victory with a straight six.

Source: BBC

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