KL Rahul recorded his second T20I century guiding India to victory © Getty Images
KL Rahul recorded his second T20I century guiding India to victory © Getty Images

India have comprehensively defeated England by 8 wickets in the first T20 International at Old Trafford, Manchester. KL Rahul‘s second T20I century guided India to take lead in the three-match T20I series. Rahul, who was in  splendid form in the Indian Premier League (IPL), continued his sublime touch smashing his century in only 53 balls. India completed the chase with 10 balls to spare.

England managed to get Shikhar Dhawan in the first over but could not maintain the pressure. David Willey, who had scored some vital runs in the end overs, dismissed Dhawan, who tried to drive a length ball but ended up inside edging onto the stumps.

Rohit Sharma was struggling to score some quick runs at the start but Rahul made sure he never felt the pressure. They stitched a partnership of 123 runs for the second wicket to ensure a win for India.

Adil Rashid got Rohit in the 13th over, for a 30-ball 32. However, Rahul continued with his from the other end. He displayed a good show of all shots in 54-ball 101 not out. One of the bowlers he targeted was Moeen Ali, off him he took 30 in the latter’s first 2 overs.

Rahul was timing the ball so well at one point that Alan Wilkins quipped “the England fans might as well go and watch the match against Colombia [football] than this carnage.” Rahul’s innings included 10 fours and 5 sixes.

Virat Kohli, who has batted at three different positions in his last three matches, completed 2,000 T20I runs. He became the first Indian to do so and the quickest in the world, reaching the landmark in his 60th T20I He has the best average of 48.80 in the shortest format of the game. He is now 4th in the list of top run-scorers in T20Is. He finished the match in style hitting a six over long-on off Moeen.

In the first innings, Kuldeep Yadav became the first Chinaman bowler to pick a T20I five-wicket. He ended with brilliant figures of 4-0-24-5. Jos Buttler scored 69 in 46 balls to take England to a fighting total, while Willey plundered a few runs towards the end.

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Brief scores:

England 159 for 8 in 20 overs [Jos Buttler 69(46), Jason Roy 30(20); Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-24-5, Umesh Yadav 4-0-21-2] lost to India 163 for 2 in 18.2 overs [KL Rahul 101*(54), Rohit Sharma 32(30); Adil Rashid 4-0-25-1] by 8 wickets with 10 balls to spare.

Player of the Match: Kuldeep Yadav.