India vs England, 1st T20: India win over England by 8 wickets

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Manchester: India defeated England by eight wickets in Manchester to take a 1-0 lead in the three-game T20 series. Asked to bat, England lost wickets at regular intervals and could only manage 159/8. Kuldeep Yadav took a five-wicket haul while for the hosts, Jos Buttler scored a half-century. In reply, the visitors rode KL Rahul’s unbeaten 54-ball 101 to seal the deal with 10 balls remaining.
Put into bat by India at Old Trafford, England was unable to cope with the left-arm wrist spin of Kuldeep Yadav, who took 5-24. Only Jos Buttler with 69 off 46 balls seriously troubled the tourists as England finished on 159-8.
It wasn’t enough as India reached 163-2 in 18.2 overs with Rahul and captain Virat Kohli (20) at the crease.
India, as expected, proved far stronger opposition for England.
The hosts had started well with 53-1 on the board after the six-over powerplay.
Yuzvendra Chahal, who kickstarted a collapse of eight wickets for eight runs the last time he bowled against England, conceded 16 in his first over — the fourth of the innings.
Buttler recorded a remarkable seventh T20 half-century in his last eight attempts, dating back to his run of Indian Premier League form.
England moved to 100-2 in 12 overs before collapsing in the 14th over.
Kohli ended the game with a six as India completed the victory with 10 balls to spare.
“I thought they (India) fought back really well and them taking three wickets in an over really did set us back quite a bit and we never really regained momentum,” Morgan said. “It probably cost us 30 or 40 runs.”
Brief scores: England: 159/8 in 20 overs (J Buttler 69, D Wiley 29*; K Yadav 5/24); India: 163/2 in 18.2 overs (KL Rahul 101*, R Sharma 32, V Kohli 20*; D Wiley 1/30).

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