India vs England: 1st Twenty20 International

  • England secured a comfortable victory over India in the first of a three-match T20 International series.
  • Eoin Morgan and Joe Root combined excellently at the crease to guide England to a seven-wicket victory.
  • Tymal Mills took the first wicket of his international career, while Moeen Ali took two wicket for just 21 runs.
  • India never really sparked into life and were comfortably second best both with the bat and in the field.
  • England: Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills.
  • India: KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Suresh Raina, Parvez Rasool, Yuzvender Chahal, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah.
Joe Root and Eoin Morgan
Root and Morgan led England to their most comfortable victory of the tour. Getty Images

That brings to the end our coverage of England's comprehensive victory over India.

Have a very good afternoon.


Moeen Ali was named the Player of the Match but was quick to pay tribute for his team: "As a bowling unit we were fantastic. We are pleased to go one up but there are two big games left to go. I took a bit of confidence from the ODIs, but just tried to bowl a length."


Eoin Morgan: "Moeen Ali showed great resolve on a wicket that didn't really turn. The bowlers made it difficult for the Indian batsmen on a small ground.

"Sam Billings and Jason Roy did outstandingly well, Sam in particular has taken his chances when he's had the opportunity."


Kohli: "The opposition can upset you at any stage, we need to address what we want to and not take much stress from this. We won't put too much pressure on our youngsters and will place responsibility on our seniors so the young ones can enjoy."


Virat Kohli: "England played better cricket than us today, they deserved to win. They bowled good hard lengths with extra pace and bounce. We would have liked to execute that but we were about 30-35 runs short on that wicket. There are things we need to address."


England have secured back-to-back victories over India by achieving victory with 11 balls to spare in Kanpur. Eoin Morgan's men bowled intelligently and batted expertly to comprehensively defeat Virat Kohli's side, who never really got going.

Joe Root and captain Morgan's batting partnership put paid to the host's chances of victory after Yuzvendra Chahal bowled Jason Roy and Sam Billings, while Moeen Ali took two wickets from 21 runs to tighten England's grip on proceedings. Tymal Mills also took the first wicket of his international career on only his second appearance for his country, but it was Root who guided England to a fully deserved victory.


England defeat India by seven wickets in the first of a three-match T20 International series


Eighteenth over - England 147-3.

Root edges his side closer to victory with some big shots. His first two efforts were well fielded - he and Stokes and ran two on both occasions - but he eventually hit Nehra for two consecutive fours, both exploiting midwicket.

Root added a tidy single to leave England needing just one run from two overs.


Seventeenth over - England 132-3

Root survives a scare after Bumrah had found a way to his wickets. The umpire ruled that the fast bowler had overstepped and subsequently gave a no-ball. Bumrah then bowled Root again, but he survived due to it being a free hit.


Sixteenth over - England 129-3

India finally got their man but it seems too little, too late. Morgan was caught on 51 but his replacement does not weaken England's partnership on the crease by any stretch of the imagination. He left just after delivering a wondrous six, too.

Stokes opened his tally with a single, Root got two, unfussed by the dismissal of his partner.


Morgan's excellent stint at the crease comes to an end, and he becomes the third batsman to be bowled straight after hitting a six in Kanpur today.

The captain was always reaching for that Parsool delivery, and is replaced by Ben Stokes.


Wicket - Morgan (51) c Raina b Rasool (England 126-3)


Fifteenth over - England 120-2

Chahal, who dismissed both Roy and Billings, steps up for his last over. Root tapped his first offering into the covers before Raina miraculously prevented a six from Morgan with an outstanding piece of fielding.

The captain only received two runs because of Raina, but worked a single to left side straight after. He and his partner Root then hit singles to keep them on course for victory.


Fourteenth over - England 114-2

Rasool steps up to the plate. Root hits his delivery through to long-off for one run, while Morgan complements his partner by finding a gap in midwicket.

Morgan then unleashes a Hollywood shot over long-on to hit six. The captain just flicked the ball away before working a single into off side. Root then touched another delivery behind square to give his side 11 runs for the over.


Thirteenth over - England 103-2

Morgan starts the over with a nice and easy single to leg side after Pandya threw a wide ball. Root then finds the boundary with a sublimely executed drive into the covers before his captains touches one into backward point.

Root ends the over with another single into mid-on.


Twelfth over - England 94-2

Root begins with clever running off a reverse sweep to earn two. He then flicks a single to leg before Morgan batters the ball and launches it over wide long-on for six. He then adds a tidy single.

The pair go on to add a single each as India's chances of victory decrease further.


Eleventh over - England 82-2

Pandya replaces Chahal in attack for India but Morgan guides his first delivery to third man. Root then runs in two before working a single to the leg side, before his partner does the same.

Root ends the over by working a single to third man. England are ticking along nicely.


Tenth over - England - 76-2

Chahal is back at the crease but Root quickly knocks him for a boundary with a fierce drive through the covers. He then pushes another one out to cover before Morgan steals his thunder and with a cracking six thanks in no small part to his excellent hand technique.

Morgan's next strike is a tad more understated, clipping to long on, but the damage was very much done beforehand.


Ninth over - England - 64-2

The expensive Bumrah returns to the crease but does well to initially limit Morgan during the first half of the over. The Irish-born batsman hits one into the crease for a single before Roots adds another, but that was all she wrote in a solid but unspectacular over for both teams.


Eighth over - England 62-2

Morgan picks up from where he left off in the last over by driving one into cover before Root hits a Raina delivery through the gap at mid-on.

Morgan hits a single around the wicket before Root exploits mid-on again. The captain then reaches for a boundary but India's fielders are able to prevent the four.


Seventh over - England 57-2

Morgan gradually opens up his range and sends a Rasool delivery for a four with a classy inside-out, controlled shot. He then adds a single to the leg side before Root does the same on the opposite side.

Morgan then runs two after tucking one off the pads before guiding a comfortable single to mid-on. England back on track.


Sixth over - England 48-2

A very understated over, Chahal cannot wreak the same havoc. Morgan and Root don't open up, both record singles as they look to wrestle back control and stifle the Kanpur crowd.


Fifth over - England 46-2

Root and Morgan play it safe and restore some order to England's play. Root flicks one out to deep square leg before Morgan drives for another run.

Rasool did not have the same effect for India as Chahal but limited to England to just three runs, Root pulling a ball round the corner for a single to finish the first quarter.


Fourth over - England 43-2

It all started so well. Roy sent Chahal's opening delivery for six but the leg spinner struck back immediately to bamboozle his opponent, who drove into his own stumps.

Billings then ended up yorking himself from another teasing Chahal delivery and in doing so swung the pendulum right back in India's favour. Game on.