ENGLAND made a dream start to their T20 series against India.
KL Rahul was clean bowled by Jofra Archer before Virat Kohli went for a duck after being caught of Adil Rashid.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant then also fell to leave Eoin Morgan’s men in a very commanding position.
But a 50 from Shreyas Iyer delighted the home crowd to keep India in the game.
And with England’s Test team struggling to bat on the Ahmedabad dust bowl, the hosts will be hopeful of defending any kind of respectable score.
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WICKET! SHREYAS FINALLY GOES
Shreyas Iyer’s vigil finally ends for 67. India 117-7.
A slower ball from Chris Jordan seems to take an age to sit up for the batsman.
He absolutely clobbers it into the legside but Malan takes a super catch on the rope.
OVER 19: INDIA 114-6
(Shreyas 66, Sundar 2)
Curran back into the attack and he is smoked for four by Shreyas through mid-wicket.
India would be nowhere without this knock from the middle order man.
He does what all good batsman should after hitting a boundary and nudges a single.
Curran only gives away three singles off the second half of his over to keep a lid on things.
OVER 18: INDIA 105-6
(Shreyas 58, Sundar 1)
Some over that. Back to back wickets for Archer as Pandya and Thakur are sent packing.
Surprisingly he went for another short ball to Washington Sundar and over-egged it with the umpire calling a wide with a hat-trick going begging.
Two singles and the wide, mean it is three off the over to end a wonderful spell from the Englishman.
Archer finishes with a stunning 3-23 off his allotted four overs – England simply must keep the paceman fit.
WICKET! ARCHER ON A HAT-TRICK!
Thakur was sent up the order and he’s immediately heading back.
A trademark Archer bumper is sent arrowing for his grill but to be fair to the tailender he clocks it cleanly on the pull.
Only problem is it goes straight to the man at deep square-leg, Dawid Malan.
He departs for a golden duck.
WICKET! PANDYA GOES, INDIA 102-5
Jofra Archer strikes as Pandya hits it to Chris Jordan who takes a great low catch at mid off.
The ball swirled late on Jordan who clung on close to the ground.
A brief cameo is over from Pandya who made 19 off 20, Thakur the next man in.
Time to wield the willow, you would think.
OVER 17: INDIA 102-4
(Shreyas 57, Pandya 19)
Shreyas Iyer immediately brings up his 50 as India continue to rotate the strike.
Dawid Malan a busy man as the sweeper on the offside boundary.
Chris Jordan digs one in which cuts Pandya in half – plenty in this track for the quicks!
Pandya get his own back, however. He absolutely belts Jordan for six over point off the next ball, the last in the over. A mighty slash that gets the maximum reward.
The blow brings up India’s 100.
FIFTY FOR SHREYAS IYER!
Shreyas Iyer brings up his 50 with a single on the offside off Chris Jordan.
The half-century came at a decent lick, just 36 balls.
A one-man show from India’s No5 – how much damage can he do late on to drag the hosts up to a challenging total?
OVER 16: 92-4
(Shreyas 49, Pandya 17)
Archer back into the attack and his first ball is greeted with a glorious flick off the pads for four from Shreyas Iyer.
The next one goes to the fence as well as he guides it through third man to move to 48 and finally give the lively crowd something to shout about.
A single leaves him perched on 49 as Pandya plays and misses at a corker from Jofra.
A dot ball to finish, another better over from India with nine off it.
OVER 15: INDIA 83-4
(Shreyas 40, Pandya 17)
Hardik Pandya bumps Ben Stokes into the crowd for only the second sixer of the day.
It wasn’t the all-rounder’s best delivery, a slower ball wide outside off stump on a hittable length.
The follow-up shot is even better! Stokes drags his length back and the flexible Pandya jerks back out of the way and guides it off the face of the bat to third man for four. Can only admire that.
A good over for India with 12 runs coming off it thanks to Pandya’s flurry of boundaries in the middle.
OVER 14: INDIA 71-4
(Shreyas 39, Pandya 6)
Mark Wood bowls his fourth and final over.
He’s greeted second ball with a four from Shreyas – although he doesn’t know masses about it, a thick edge runs to the third man boundary.
He jabs the next to Sam Curran on the rope at the same spot but this time only a single.
Wood calls for a slip with all the activity behind square.
Pandya sends one along the ground just past Stokes at slip for a single to finish the over and Wood’s spell.
The quirky quick can be very happy with his efforts – 1-20 off his four overs.
OVER 13: INDIA 63-4
(Shreyas 34, Pandya 3)
India go at a run a ball off Chris Jordan’s first four balls.
The England seamer then sends a ball soaring in at just shy of 91mph – we haven’t seen much of this pace and bounce during this tour.
Another single to end the over that costs five runs.
OVER 12: INDIA 58-4
(Shreyas 31, Pandya 1)
Another great over from Mark Wood.
India pinch a few quick singles with Pandya getting off the mark.
But an absolute rip-snorter from Wood soars off the deck and narrowly travels past the edge.
Buttler takes the ball above his head with the England speedster extracting some nice movement off the deck.
Three off the over.
OVER 11: INDIA 55-4
(Shreyas 29, Pandya 0)
Eoin Morgan almost pulls off an absolute wonder catch off Rashid’s second ball on his return to the attack..
Shreyas Iyer managed to slap it just past the skipper’s outstretched hand, close in on the legside and picks up two for his efforts.
A glorious stroke from the set batsman brings him four through extra cover – timed beautifully.
Shreyas showing why he’s the man for the middle order with his proficiency against spin.
Pandya prods safely into the offside for none to see off his first and the last ball of the over.
OVER 10: INDIA 48-4
India in tatters at the halfway mark.
Shreyas Iyer’s backfoot punch for a glorious four and then a well-run two had given India some momentum in that Stokes over.
But the killer blow off the last ball with Pant going softly will be a massive feather in Eoin Morgan’s cap.
They can’t let off here though as the dangerous Hardik Pandya is out in the middle.
Rashid back on now.
WICKET!!! PANT IS GONE
Ben Stokes does it again! Golden arm.
Pant will be kicking himself – he’s flicked it straight to Jonny Bairstow at deep mid wicket.
What a wicket for England. India in serious trouble now.
OVER 9: INDIA 40-3
(Shreyas 15, Pant 20)
Sam Curran – sporting a dodgy blonde dyed look – is thrown the ball.
His tight over is ruined when he strays down the leg side last ball and is picked off for four by Shreyas Iyer.
England still firmly bossing this one but India showing small signs of a charge.
This partnership is the key. Six off the over.
JOIN THEM UP!
England have bowled 25 dots in the first six overs for the first time in nine years. Tasty.
OVER 8: INDIA 34-3
(Shreyas 10, Pant 19)
Ben Stokes into the attack and with the fielding restrictions now over, India pick up a few easy singles.
The home side looking to rebuild with their hopes firmly resting on Rishabh Pant’s shoulders.
Five singles from the over – job done for all-rounder Stokes.
Surely India have to throw caution to the wind now?
OVER 7: INDIA 29-3
(Shreyas 7, Pant 17)
Mark Wood continues the good stuff until he strays a little straight allowing Shreyas Iyer to flick away a four.
Still only seven off the over with England firmly in control.
Stuart Broad on Sky reckons Wood will keep hitting the deck as the footholes haven’t bedded in at the new stadium.
OVER 6: INDIA 22-3
(Shreyas 1, Pant 16)
Chris Jordan replaces his Barbadian pal Archer but carries on where he left off.
Another super over just two singles conceded.
New batsman Shreyas Iyer steers one to third man off the last ball to get his account off and running.
End of the powerplay and India three wickets down, stats show they should only go on to win from here 20 per cent of the time…
OVER 5: INDIA 20-3
(Shreyas 0, Pant 15)
Just the two singles and the wicket of Dhawan from Mark Wood’s opener.
He replaced Adil Rashid – who did his job opening up for the first time excellently.
Wood tucked up the lefties up by steaming in from around the wicket and is doing a good job.
He hit the deck after his third ball and it is already looking like the dew is taking hold out in India as Ben Stokes slips too.
WICKET!! INDIA 20-3
Mark Wood strikes with the last ball of his first over.
Shikhar Dhawan is done by the old one-two.
Wood fires one past his head before pitching it up and bowling him next ball as he hoiks rather unattractively to the leg side.
England on fire!
OVER 4: INDIA 18-2
(Dhawan 3, Pant 14)
That is simply ridiculous talent from Rishabh Pant.
He reverse scoops 90mph Archer over Buttler’s head for SIX.
He flicks the last ball of the over casually through square leg for a boundary four to ruin what was a great over to start with.
Archer had him hopping around when he was trying to play traditionally but India are up and running now!
OVER 3: INDIA 7-2
(Dhawan 2, Pant 4)
Adil Rashid gets the key wicket of Virat Kohli who will be fuming after chipping one up tamely at the start of the innings.
Rishabh Pant punishes a shorter one to end the over with a boundary as he cuts through point for four.
He had carefully watched his first two deliveries after the shock of seeing his skipper back in the hutch.
WICKET!!! KOHLI OUT! INDIA 3-2
Unbelievable scenes, Virat Kohli follows his duck in the last Test match with another quacker here.
It’s a tame dismissal from the skipper – he gives himself room to try and belt Adil Rashid but only succeeds in clothing it to Chris Jordan at mid off.
What a start his is! Indian crowd silenced but Pant is at the crease now.