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12-Mar-2021 16:58:00 GMT
Ind vs Eng - 1st T20I, Ahmedabad

Archer and Roy star as England crush India

England 130 for 2 (Roy 49) beat India 124 for 7 (Iyer 67, Archer 3-23) by eight wickets

Ahmedabad: A magnificent bowling performance set England on the way to a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over India in the first Twenty20 International at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on Friday..

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 pitched 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.

Eoin Morgan's side take the lead in the five-match series, with the second game to be played on Sunday.

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 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.

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