Kuldeep Yadav recorded his T20I career best    Getty Images
Kuldeep Yadav recorded his T20I career best Getty Images

England scored 159 for 8 in the first T20 International after being put to to bat by India at Old Trafford, Manchester. Jos Buttler played a fighting knock of 69 in 46 balls to make England’s total a competitive one. His innings included 8 fours and 2 sixes. Buttler got off to a quick start but had to slow down as wickets tumbled against Kuldeep Yadav at the other end.

The hosts were up to a good start scoring almost 10 an over in the Powerplay overs. Jason Roy was in good touch, scoring 30 off 20 balls with 5 four. Umesh Yadav, who has made it a habit of picking wickets in the early overs, broke the partnership. Trying to smash the ball to the off, Roy got an under-edge guiding the ball to the stumps.

Hardik Pandya rose to the challenge in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah. He bowled his first two overs for 10. Then Buttler went after him, taking 18 off his third.

Alex Hales finding it hard to get Kuldeep away. His agony was ended by Kuldeep when he went for a slog, misread the googly, and was bowled behind his legs.

In his next over Kuldeep had Eoin Morgan holing out to deep mid-wicket. After Buttler ran a single, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root both failed to read Kuldeep, overbalanced, and were stumped deftly by MS Dhoni for golden ducks. England were suddenly reduced to 107 for 5.

Hardik dismissed Moeen Ali for 6, in the 16th over. Trying to go for a big shot, Moeen sliced the ball to Suresh Raina at extra cover. In his last over, Kuldeep picked the crucial wicket of Buttler for 69 to become the Chinaman bowler to pick a T20I 5-wicket haul.

Buttler was dropped by KL Rahul earlier in the over but Virat Kohli made no mistake. Kuldeep recorded figures of 4-0-24-5. Umesh took an easy return catch of Chris Jordan in the second last over of the match. David Willey hit out for a 15-ball 20 not out, helping England reach a competitive total.

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] vs India