Eoin Morgan praises England for 'pretty complete performance' in Twenty20 opener
Jan 27 2017 by Elias Hubbard
Virat Kohli made a solid 29 off 26 balls in his first T20I as India's captain, before being dismissed by Moeen Ali in the first T20 match in Kanpur. Roy followed suit by launching Ashish Nehra over long-off for six and then clattering Yuzvendra Chahal's first ball into the crowd over mid-wicket, but Chahal quickly had England in trouble. "But global cricket isn't the same as domestic, so we'll need to give him time to bed in and not burden him unnecessarily", the 65-year-old noted.
"The opening batsmen got off to a flier, it releases any pressure on the guys coming in after them".
England will be pleased to win again, and to take a lead to Nagpur and Bangalore. Last year, when they brought a less-experienced side for the World T20 in India, they magnificently chased 230 in Mumbai, against South Africa's potent attack, on their way to the tournament final. He didn't get carried way, he just kept nailing his basics. KL Rahul's horror show in limited overs cricket continued as he contributed only 8 runs of 9 deliveries before being sent back by Chris Jordan.
Suresh Raina biffed Liam Plunkett for a pair of boundaries before Kohli fell to Moeen Ali's first ball.
Rashid is a complex player who requires careful handling, but Morgan explained his absence as a purely tactical decision based on pitch conditions.
"I suppose going from the series that we've just played where our bowlers have found it quite hard, honing your specific skills to T20 cricket can also be relevant", Morgan said. India's lack of urgency until the final over suggested, though, that they might have thought 147 was a workable total.
Speaking on The Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show on Monday, Vaughan said his comments had not gone down well with some former England players. So much so that even now, several parts of Delhi and the NCR region along with parts of Punjab, Rajasthan and Haryana have been witnessing good rainfall activity accompanied with lightning strikes. "There were some loose shots from us as well - it was a combination of the two".
England won the toss and elected to field first. Sam hasn't played a great deal on this tour but has taken the two chances he's had. He scored just 52 runs in three innings.
England posted scores of 350, 366 and 321 despite the absence of Jos Buttler's pyrotechnics through the middle overs.
England skipper Eoin Morgan's brilliant eighth T20I fifty and his 83-run stand with Joe Root helped the visitors to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Joe Root and skipper Eoin Morgan, however, steadied the visitors' innings following the two dismissals, and despite their run rate slowing down in the subsequent overs, the lack of wickets for India during the period proved crucial as the English duo settled down and started adding runs easily.