On Thursday evening, England beat India in the first T20I of three-match T20I series at Kanpur. England elected to field first after winning the toss. England restricted hosts India for 147/7 at the end of 20 overs.
In reply, England comfortably chased that target in 18.1 overs after losing just 3 wickets.
With this victory, England takes a 1-0 lead in three-match T20I series.
Brief Scores: India – 147/7 in 20 overs (MS Dhoni 36*, Suresh Raina 34, Moeen Ali 2/21)
England – 148/3 in 18.1 overs (Eoin Morgan 51, Joe Root 46*, Yuzvendra Chahal 2/27)
Results – England won by 7 wickets
Some of the statistical highlights of the match are given below:
- India managed to score 147/7 at the end of 20 overs. It is the 2nd lowest T20I total for India against England. India’s lowest T20I total against England was 120/9 (20 overs) in Kolkata on 29th December 2011.
- An unbeaten 36-run innings of MS Dhoni was the highest score in Indian innings. It is the 5th lowest ‘highest innings score’ for India in a T20I match on the Indian soil.
- During this match, England batsman Eoin Morgan completed 1,500 runs in his T20I career. Morgan became 1st English batsman and 12th overall batsman to complete 1,500 runs in a T20I career.
- England skipper Eoin Morgan scored 51 runs before getting out. Chasing down a T20I total against India on the Indian soil, it was the 3rd half-century by a skipper. Before this, Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez had hit two half-centuries (61 at Bangalore on 25th December 2012 and 55 at Ahmedabad on 28th December 2012) in the same situation.
- England won this T20I by 7 wickets. It is the largest T20I victory (by wickets) for England against India. In the previous T20I encounters, England thrice beat India chasing the targets and every time England beat India by 6 wickets.
- It was Virat Kohli’s (India) first T20I match as skipper and in the very first game, he suffered a defeat. Kohli had also suffered defeats in his first Test and ODI as captain. Kohli became the 7th captain to lose their first international match as captain in all the 3 formats. The other 6 skippers are Stephen Fleming (New Zealand), Shaun Pollock (South Africa), Tillakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Hamilton Masakadza (Zimbabwe) and Graeme Cremer (Zimbabwe).