INDvsENG 1st T20I: England restricts India to 147/7
Kanpur: The Green Park stadium here observed a prevailing silence on Thursday as England bowlers did not give too many chances to Indian batsmen to free their arms and let the home crowd cheer in the first Twenty20 International.
India witnessed a drought of boundaries till the last over and could only manage to post an average score of 147/7 at the end of 20 overs in first of the three-T20I series.
Suresh Raina scored 34 runs off 23 balls with 4 fours and a six, while skipper Virat Kohli, who opened the innings with Lokesh Rahul, got off to a good start, but got dismissed to a sharp catch by England captain Eoin Morgan off Moeen Ali's bowling. He scored 29 runs off 26 balls with 4 boundaries.
MS Dhoni remained unbeaten at 36 runs off 27 balls with 3 boundaries, but failed to accelerate the scoring rate in the slog overs.
Opener Rahul continued his poor form as he went back after scoring 8 runs. Yuvraj Singh looked good initially but could only go till 12 runs. Manish Pandey also failed to utilize the opportunity and got out after adding 3 runs.
Hardik Pandya added 9 runs off 12 balls, while Parvez Rasool also scored 5 runs off 6 balls before getting run out in the last over of the innings.
Moeen Ali was the pick of the bowers as he bagged 2 wickets for 21 runs in his 4 overs. Tymal Mills, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes plucked 1 wicket each in their spells.
England will soon come back on the ground to chase down an average looking target of 148 runs.