Hardik Pandya hit his first T20I fifty before grabbing four wickets.

Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav (Photo Source: Twitter/BCCI)

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.

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