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Eoin Morgan slammed his 8th T20I fifty to help England go 1-0 in the 3-T20I series against India (Courtesy: Getty Images)

The wait for that one win was long. In another calendar year, on November 9, England‘s tour of India commenced. The ‘500’ and ‘1,000’ currency notes got banned in India, controversies erupted, Donald Trump became the US President but England waited for that win which eventually came in Kolkata on Sunday in the 3rd ODI. The second came sooner. Climbing up the Ganges basin to Kanpur, England capitalised on the gained momentum to thump India in the first T20I at Kanpur. A formidable win by 7 wickets. England captain Eoin Morgan‘s 38-ball 51 and Moeen Ali‘s restrictive spell proved to be decisive as England went up 1-0 in the 3-T20I series.

Morgan, who registered his eighth fifty, added 83 for the third wicket with Joe Root (46) as England spoiled India’s Republic Day party. The day being a holiday saw a capacity crowd at Green Park, Kanpur, which hosted its first ever T20I. Despite a positive start, India could only manage 147 for 7 from 20 overs, courtesy late blitz from MS Dhoni (36*). England bowlers led by Moeen Ali’s (4-0-21-2) and well supported by Chris Jordan (4-0-27-1) and express pace bowler Tymal Mills (4-0-27-1) executed their plans well. In fact, leg-spinner Adil Rashid played no part at all. Blog: India vs England, 1st T20I at Kanpur

Leading in a T20I for the first time, Virat Kohli opened the innings with his RCB teammate KL Rahul. The slowness of the surface made free scoring tough. Kohli was dismissed for a 26-ball 29, while KL Rahul squandered another opportunity. Making a comeback and that too in his home ground, Suresh Raina slammed a 23-ball 34 that kept India in charge for a while but how can you keep Ben Stokes out of action for long. The all-rounder cleaned up Raina. The rest of the middle-order (Yuvraj Singh, Manish Pandey and Hardik Pandya) failed. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs England, 1st T20I at Kanpur

England openers Sam Billings and Jason Roy got the side to an explosive start. Billings went after Bumrah, who had troubled him in the final ODI at Kolkata. The Gujarat bowler was plundered for 20 in the second over of the innings. The order of the over went: 4, 4, 2, 6, 0 and 4. England had raced to 36 from 3 overs when Kohli introduced Yuzvendra Chahal.

The leg-spinner was greeted with a six from Roy, but he struck the next ball. Roy was beaten by the low bounce before inside-edging it to the stumps. Three balls later, Billings was cleaned up and India were back in the contest.

England were chasing under seven and half, and the good start had laid the platform for Root and Morgan to buy time in the middle. Morgan used his IPL experience to good effect, to help his side in a commanding position.

It was a good game for local boy Raina, who made an incredible stop on the field to prevent a six. With 16 needed from 17 balls, India could have been back in the game when Root was bowled by Bumrah. However, it was a no-ball and though the same result ensued in the free-hit ball, Root stayed till the end to ensure the win.

Earlier, Eoin Morgan elected to bowl first. England left out Jake Ball, Jonny Bairstow and Liam Dawson for the game, while India handed cap to Jammu & Kashmir’s off-spinner all-rounder Parvez Rasool, who finished with 32 from his 4 over and picked the wicket of Morgan.

The teams now head to Nagpur for the second T20I on Sunday, January 29.

Brief scores:

India 147 for 7 in 20 overs [Suresh Raina 34 (23), MS Dhoni 36 (27)*; Moeen Ali 4-0-21-2) lost England 148 for 3 in 18.1 overs [Joe Root 46 (46)*, Eoin Morgan 51 (38); Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-27-2] by 7 wickets.

Man of the Match: Moeen Ali (England)

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