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India and England will play the 1st T20I at Kanpur on Thursday © AFP

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates post for the first Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and England. After winning back-to-back series, Virat Kohli will lead India for the series opener of the three-match T20I series at the Green Park Stadium, Kanpur. England, on the other end, will look to start the series on a positive note with a victory to step closer to a positive end. This is the first match wherein Kohli will captain the Indian cricket team in a T20I match and quite obviously, will seek a fruitful start to his new journey. The match will be even more special for the hosts as the match will be played on the 68th Republic Day of the country.

India have had a fantastic time at home with back to back fruitful series with New Zealand and England in Tests and ODIs. They not only excelled in the longest format bagging the top spot in the ICC rankings, they maintained the consistency walking into the limited-overs format as well, winning all the past four series. However, they will face an uphill task against the runners-up of the ICC World T20 2016 England, who have a formidable set of players across departments. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs England, 1st T20I at Kanpur

India’s trump card has to be the form of their skipper. Kohli has redefined consistency and with the newly handed captaincy, his confidence is strengthened. The good news for the team is the powerful comeback of their 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh. MS Dhoni, with the pressure of captaincy lifted off his shoulders, is playing freely which is another sign of positivity for the hosts.

India’s bowling, especially at the death,  has looked weaker compared to the heavy batting as they gave away too many runs in the ODI series. Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Ashish Nehra will be the names who will be interesting to watch. The choice of spinner among Parvez Rasool, Amit Mishra and Yuzvendra Chahal will be interesting. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested for this T20I series.

Talking about England, the team will surely be a strong contender looking at their performance in ICC World T20 2016. Joe Root will be England’s bet against Virat Kohli while Tymal Mills is an interesting inclusion in the squad. He has surprised one and all with his performance in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and Big Bash League (BBL) and will be interesting to watch if picked.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (c), MS Dhoni (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), KL Rahul (wk), Mandeep Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra, , Parvez Rasool, Amit Mishra, Yuzvendra Chahal.

England: Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Jake Ball, Chris Jordan, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, David Willey.

Live Updates

  • 7:44 PM IST

  • 7:42 PM IST

  • 7:41 PM IST

    LIVE: ENG 148/3, 18.1 overs; Root 46, Stokes 2: That’s it. England win by 7 wickets and 11 balls to spare, and take 1-0 lead in a three-match series. Both teams will now head to Nagpur for the second encounter.

  • 7:34 PM IST

  • 7:33 PM IST
    LIVE: ENG 132/3, 17 overs; Root 32, Stokes 2: Eoin Morgan completes 1,500 runs as well as reaches his 8th fifty. And as I write this, he holes one out to Suresh Raina at long-off, giving Parvez Rasool his maiden T20I wicket. England need 16 off 18.
  • 7:22 PM IST

    LIVE: ENG 130/2, 15 overs; Root 29, Morgan 45: England need 28 off 30, with Root and Morgan set at the crease. England’s required run rate is 5.6, with Stokes, Buttler and Ali still to bat.

  • 7:18 PM IST

  • 7:17 PM IST

  • 7:10 PM IST

    LIVE: ENG 94/2, 12 overs; Root 19, Morgan 31: 32 runs off the last 3 overs. England are likely to take the cake if they bat at this rate. India, in all probability, need wickets to bounce back.

  • 6:58 PM IST

    For live scorecard, click on the following link: India vs England, 1st T20I at Kanpur

  • 6:58 PM IST

  • 6:58 PM IST

    LIVE: ENG 62/2, 9 overs; Root 7, Morgan 13: No boundary in the last 16 balls. India building pressure on England. While Raina gives away only 5, Bumrah concedes only 2 singles. Game eveny poised.

  • 6:50 PM IST

    LIVE: ENG 57/2, 7 overs; Root 5, Morgan 10: The requirement is still 7 depsite losing two wickets. England need to keep scoring a boundary eveery over to stay ahead in the race. India, on the other hand, need wickets.

  • 6:44 PM IST
    LIVE: ENG 46/2, 5 overs; Root 3, Morgan 1: Another one bites the dust. Chahal tosses up. Billing dances down the track and completely misses, eventually getting knocked over. The tide has turned.

    OUT! S Billings b Chahal 22 (10)
  • 6:35 PM IST
    LIVE: ENG 42/1, 3.2 overs; Billings 22: Roy starts off Nehra’s over with a six. Roy starts off Chahal’s over with a six. But Chahal dismantles him the very next ball. India draw first blood.

    OUT! Jason Roy b Chahal 19 (11)
  • 6:26 PM IST

    LIVE: ENG 24/0, 2 overs; Roy 3, Billings 21: England underway. They fire on all cylinders right from the word go. India need to follow England’s tactics: change in pace. They need 124 off 108.

  • 6:18 PM IST

  • 6:10 PM IST

  • 6:07 PM IST

    LIVE: IND 147/7, 20 overs; Dhoni 37, Rasool 0: 19 off the last 2 overs, courtesy MS Dhoni’s consecutive boundaries off the ultimate over. England need 148 to win.

    For live scorecard, click on the following link: India vs England, 1st T20I at Kanpur

  • 6:00 PM IST

  • 5:57 PM IST

    LIVE: IND 128/6, 18 overs; Dhoni 19, Rasool 3: No boundary in the last 16 balls. India under fire. However, England have bowled exceedingly well to keep India at bay. Last 2 overs to go.

  • 5:51 PM IST
    LIVE: IND 122/6, 17 overs; Dhoni 15, Rasool 2: Mills get his maiden wicket. A well-executed back-of-the-hand delivery gets the better of Pandya. Now Dhoni has to take the most strike if they are to score past 150.

    OUT! Pandya c Billings b Tymal Mills 9 (12)
  • 5:46 PM IST

    LIVE: IND 117/5, 16 overs; Dhoni 12, Pandya 9: Just when the commentators said Dhoni is playing the waiting game, he bludgeons a slower delivery past extra-cover. At least that should win the tracer-bullet challenge. 11 runs off the over.

  • 5:41 PM IST
  • 5:40 PM IST

    LIVE: IND 106/5, 15 overs; Dhoni 7, Pandya 7: Three dot deliveries. Then Stokes’ brilliant piece of fielding in the deep saves a certain boundary. Only 3 runs off the over. India need to up the ante in the last 5 overs.

  • 5:36 PM IST
    LIVE: IND 103/5, 14 overs; Dhoni 7, Pandya 4: India lose two wickets in two overs. Raina and Pandey are back in the pavilion. The onus is now on Dhoni and Pandya to take India to a competitive total.

    OUT! Raina b Stokes 34 (23)

    OUT! Pandey lbw b Moeen Ali 3 (5)
  • 5:27 PM IST

    For live scorecard, click on the following link: India vs England, 1st T20I at Kanpur

  • 5:25 PM IST
    LIVE: IND 88/3, 12 overs; Raina 28, Dhoni 5: Dhoni playing a T20I under someone for the first time since India’s maiden match in the fastest format.

    Dhoni knows there’s not much pace in the track. He is dealing in ones and twos, letting Raina take on the bowlers.
  • 5:22 PM IST
    LIVE: IND 82/3, 11 overs; Raina 26, Dhoni 1: India in further trouble. They lose Yuvraj for 12. Tries to flick it off his pads, but eventually gets a top edge to Rashid at deep backward-square-leg. Runs forwards and takes an absolute jaffa.

    Meanwhile, good ol’ friends Dhoni and Raina in the middle. 9 more overs to go. Can the duo weave their magic?

    OUT! Yuvraj c Adil Rashid b Plunkett 12 (13)

  • 5:16 PM IST

    LIVE: IND 75/2, 10 overs; Raina 20, Yuvi 12: “Yuvraj is one boundary away from being Yuvraj,” says Nasser Hussain. And Yuvraj smites one down the ground. 7 runs off the over. Can India go past 150?