ENG vs IND: Watch - Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls a beauty and sends back England skipper Jos Buttler for a golden duck
After getting defeated by the hosts in the fifth (rescheduled) Test match, Rohit Sharma and his men are up against England in the first T20I. Talking about the game, Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat. Batting first, India posted a huge total of 198 runs on the board.
Hardik Pandya has been the top scorer for India as he slammed 50 off 33 balls which comprises 6 boundaries and a six. Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Hooda also played well and scored 39 and 33 runs respectively.
Chasing the total, England has been bowled out for 148 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar provided the expected start for India as he removed dangerous Jos Buttles for a duck.
After having a good day with the bat, Hardik Pandya continued his domination with the ball, scalped 4 wickets, and gave away 33 runs. In the end, India won the match by a margin of 50 runs and lead the series by 1-0.
I was the first Indian to score fifty and take 4 wickets: Hardik Pandya
Winning the first T20I against England, Hardik Pandya was named Player of the Match for his prolific performance with both the bat and the ball. He shared a few words in the post-match presentation about his gameplay.
"The last time I played a T20 in England, I think I took 4 wickets and scored some 30. So I kind of knew I was the first Indian to score fifty and take 4 wickets. I am enjoying my cricket right now.
For me, a lot of time goes into the preparation to get my body ready. The kind of break I took before this run of play I want to capitalize on the opportunities. I felt I needed that break.
It is about giving your 100% and when you don't do that, there is no point playing. So I needed that break and now I am happy to be in this place right now," Hardik Pandya was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
However, during the game, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled an unplayable delivery to the opposition skipper, Jos Buttler that went through his stumps.
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