Jason Roy and Jos Buttler gave England just the most perfect start but Kuldeep Yadav’s 5-wicket haul ensured that the hosts were restricted on a meagre total of 159 runs. With Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma not being as influential with the bat as expected, KL Rahul took the opportunity in his hands to fire the Men in Blue past England’s total with an emphatic century, hence ensuring an 8-wicket victory for the visitors in the series opener.
Virat Kohli won the toss for India and decided to field first. Jos Buttler and Jason Roy started on the most explosive note possible as the duo guided the team to a 50-run opening-wicket stand before Roy became a victim of Umesh Yadav. With Roy going, Kuldeep rose as a virtually unplayable bowler as he continued to bamboozle England players, one after the other.
Kuldeep was specifically dangerous in his third over, where he picked three wickets – Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root and Moeen Ali – in four balls but narrowly missed out on a hat-trick. The Chinaman, although, did complete a fifer by removing England’s top-scorer of the match Jos Buttler in his 4th and final over.
With the target of 160 runs in sight, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma didn’t really give the visitors the sort of start they would have hoped for as the left-hander departed for just 4 runs. Rohit, on the other hand, could only see Rahul tear England bowlers apart before the former departed for 32 runs off 30 balls.
Rahul continued his good form from the IPL and amassed a second T20I hundred as India sailed home to secure an 8-wicket win. Indian skipper Virat Kohli, in the process, also became the quickest to reach 2000-run mark for India in the shortest format of the game and registered another phenomenal record to his name.