India crush England by 8 wkts in T20I
LONDON4th July: Lokesh Rahul made a brilliant unbeaten 101 to lead India to a crushing eight-wicket victory over England in the first Twenty20 international in Manchester on Tuesday. Rahul plundered five sixes and 10 fours from 54 balls as India reached their target of 160 with 10 deliveries to spare. India left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav took five wickets, including three in one over, as England struggled to a modest 159-8 from their 20 overs.
Jos Buttler continued his rich vein of form with 69 off 46 balls but the hosts faltered after a bright start and Yadav’s inspired spell of 5-24 ripped out their middle-order. After the early loss of Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul and Rohit Sharma shared a rapid second-wicket partnership of 123 and India were able to knock off the last few runs mainly in singles as they eased to a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
The second game is in Cardiff on Friday.
Brief Scores: England 159/8 (Jos Buttler 69, Jason Roy 30; Kuldeep Yadav 5/24) lose to India 163/2 (Lokesh Rahul 101 not out, Rohit Sharma 32, Virat Kohli 20 not out) by 8 wickets.