India Shattered by England in the first T-20
12/03/2021: After an entertaining test series, India and England played the First match out of the Five T- 20 series yesterday.
The very first match at Narendra Modi Stadium, Motera Ahmedabad. Where last year
India had welcomed Donald Trump in February just before he played his match of the election in the USA and lost it. At the same place, the Indian Cricket team welcomed England.
The very interesting thing about this stadium is that as of 2020 it is the largest stadium in the world with a seating capacity of 132,000 spectators. Yesterday’s match was the first match after its reconstruction.
With all the balanced conditions for both the teams, England was in the mood to chase after the toss yesterday, they won the toss and choose to bowl. The Indian batting line was good enough to build a good score. Though it was not seen in that way on the ground.
Highlights of the Match:
India’s Opening pair Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul tried to give a kick a start but KL Rahul was dismissed in second over by Jora Archer, followed by KL Rahul, Virat Kohli was also sent back to the pavilion in third over by Adil Rashid while in 5th over Shikhar Dhawan was Bowled by Mark Wood. Later all responsibility was on the middle order of India.
Rishabh Pant with his innovative skills and shots tried to pull India out of it but he was also caught by Jonny Bairstrow on Ben Stokes ball.
Shreyas Iyer played extremely mature innings he took it slowly without letting his wicket down with help of Hardik Pandya. Shreyas Iyer played an inning of 67 runs and brought India back in the fighting zone, decreasing run-rate was demanding some bigger shots, Hardik Pandya stood up and tried to hit some big shots was not able to make it up till the mark and lost his wicket on Archer’s ball caught by Jordan.
After Rahul and Pandya, Shardul Thakur had to go back to the dressing room on the duck while Washington Sundar and Axar Patel remained not out.
India Scored 124-7 in 20 overs, where the opening and middle order of India failed, mature inning of Iyer brought India’s score to this stage.
England had a very firm Start, openers Jason Roy and Jos Buttler took time to understand the pitch and later played a significant inning. They made a partnership of 72 runs, till Jos Buttler was dismissed
LBW by Chahal.
Roy carried the game, but luck was not with him, he was sent back by Washington Sundar on 49 and
Roy was not able to finish his half-century.
David Malan and Jonny Bairstrow took the game home for England, and England chased the score just in 15.3 overs
What was missing?
There were two major players missing in yesterday’s match, Rohit Sharma was sent on rest while Jaspreet Bumrah is out on vacation, this made team loosed its balance, then to there were promising players who could have performed well.
Right from the beginning, India was not able to hold the match, batting as well as bowling was not performed the way it was expected to happen. Although every match is different and it is all about the game sometimes they lose sometimes they win. It is our duty to support the team in both conditions with good faith. We Hope India Performs well in the next match. Although Virat Kohli’s captaincy is again being questioned let’s see how Team India performs in the coming matches. Team India and Virat Kohli are being trolled on social media.
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