Buttler left for 29 and became Chahal’s 60th shortest-format victim in international cricket, helping him skip Bumrah. Before the start of this game, Chahal was on par with Bumrah with 59 wickets in the shortest format of the game. Chahal now has 60 gates out of 46 T20Is.
Bumrah is not playing the current series as he will be getting married in a few days and this gives Chahal an opportunity to extend the lead.
However, Chahal didn’t have a memorable foray into the match when he took 44 runs out of his odds of 4 overs and leaked 11 runs per over. Earlier in the day, England captain Eoin Morgan won the throw in the inaugural T20I and settled in the field. England won the match by 8 wickets and took the lead 1-0 in five games in the series. In the hunt for a paltry 125 target, the tourists crossed home in 15.3 minutes and only lost two gates in the process.
The English bowlers gave the Indians early punches in power play and continued to play bowling in a disciplined manner, limiting the hosts to a paltry 124/7 in the designated 20 overs. Shreyas Iyer popped his third T20I fifty and scored 67 in innings, but got no support on the other end.
In a surprising move, Indian skipper Virat Kohli announced that Vice-Captain Rohit Sharma will rest with five games in the first two games of the T20I series, while Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be back on the side with Shardul Thakur.
Left-handed Shikhar Dhawan opened alongside KL Rahul, but the move didn’t pay off as the hosts lost three wickets in power play.
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