Hardik Pandya hit his first T20I fifty before grabbing four wickets.
India got a memorable outing at The Rose Bowl in Southampton as they started the T20I series on a positive note. Hardik Pandya’s all-round show helped India take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series as the visitors won the contest by 50 runs.
Rohit Sharma (24 off 14) started the innings in good form but was soon dismissed Moen Ali in the very first over when the Englishman came out to bowl. Ishan Kishan (8 off 10) also seemed to find it difficult to resume his normal rhythm and was also picked by Mohen in his second over. Despite Moen scalping the opening overs, England never took control of this game in the half-time as the score remained around 10.
After two big wickets, Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav (39 off 19) revived the innings with some big shots to continue the game in an aggressive manner. Hooda looked set to continue the game but was restricted by Chris Jordan as he had to depart for a quick 17-ball 33 and Pandya joined Yadav in the middle.
Pandya (51 off 33) reached his maiden T20I half-century, but promoting Axar Patel (17 off 12) in the batting order ahead of Dinesh Karthik (11 off 7) didn’t quite work for the Men in Blue. The visitors slowed down badly in the last five overs, losing four wickets and scoring just 41 runs. England’s bowlers, usually known for a poor performance, were quite impressive this time as India posted 198/8.
Hardik Pandya shines with bat and ball
England’s plan to make it big from the start of the chase failed as Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck in the very first over and dismissed in-form skipper Jos Buttler for a golden duck. The hosts were in even more trouble when Pandya came into the attack and picked two wickets in the over in the form of David Malan (21 off 14) and Liam Livingston (0 off 3) to reduce England to 32/3 at the end of the Powerplay .
He struck again in the second over of his spell, just after half-time, and dismissed opener Jason Roy (4 for 16). Harry Brook (28 off 23) and Moeen (36 off 20) tried to revive the innings but Yuzvendra Chahal spoiled their plans by dismissing both the batsmen. It was Pandya’s day in the field as he claimed another wicket in the form of a Sam Curran all-rounder to complete his four-wicket haul. Debutant Arshdeep Singh claimed two late wickets as India thrashed England by 148 runs to win the game by 50 runs.
Let’s see how Twitter reacted to India’s triumph:
— Ayush™ 🇮🇳🚩 (@vkkings007) July 7, 2022
Cancel the remaining last two T20s
this English team is too weak
Ireland was much better #ENGvIND
— Aayanshkashyp (@Aayanshkashyp) July 7, 2022
Later in the same innings, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes put on 179 runs from 20 overs. 31 more runs than the entire England T20 team just managed.
It’s been a very strange few weeks. #ENGvIND
— Being Outside Cricket (@OutsideCricket) July 7, 2022
All cricket fans in England are at peace today… #ENGvIND
— VishalKochar (@Vishal_K83) July 7, 2022
England play t20 in test and t20.. Perfect start for india in white ball series. #ENGvIND
— Rajeev Rai (@Rajeev_Bharat) July 7, 2022
Everything looks easy with Rohit Sharma as captain!! #ENGvIND
— karthik (@karthikstwts) July 7, 2022
— Andy Walker (@walker_cricket) July 7, 2022
– Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) July 7, 2022
When he is at 100%, Hardik is indeed quite an amazing cricketer.
— Jimmy Neesh (@JimmyNeesh) July 7, 2022
— Rishi Dhawan (@rishid100) July 7, 2022
Aggressive approach in batting, bowling. The main victory of the Indian team 🇮🇳
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 7, 2022
This is much better from Indian batsmen .. Been timid in T20 cricket for too long .. they have the talent and games to attack all attacks .. #ENGvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 7, 2022