India vs. England 1. T20I: Tourists win easily when Archer competes against below-average Kohli & Co.

The tourists were bamboozled by the spin to lose the test series but found a place that was much better for them at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, where they had suffered heavy defeats twice to lose 3-1 in the longest format liked.

Jofra Archer led 3-23 when India, which hosted the ICC T20 World Championship later that year, was restricted to 124-7 after a visit from Captain Eoin Morgan.



England had no such problem in its response. Jason Roy shattered 49 of 32 deliveries to end the win with 27 balls.

Jos Buttler contributed 28 in an inaugural partnership with Roy worth 72, who hit three sixes before falling to his knees by Washington Sundar, one of three front spinners chosen by the hosts to open a five-game series was forced.

In contrast, England pitched a lonely slow bowler in its XI. Leg spinner Adil Rashid (1-14) claimed Virat Kohli’s coveted scalp for a duck that had opened bowling in a T20 internationally for the first time.

Archer and Mark Wood (1-20) also struck early when India limped to 22-3 at the end of the power play. Shreyas Iyer led some sort of rebound, scooping the highest score at 67, but her final total never seemed enough at halftime.

Rishabh Pant, 21, wowed the crowd with an outrageous setback from Archer who went six but couldn’t pick Jonny Bairstow until he shot down a full shipment of Ben Stokes.

Iyer and Hardik Pandya, 19, shared a booth half a century after meeting at 48: 4, only to make it the first of two wickets in as many deliveries from the eminent archer.

England made sure there were no complications in the chase as the openers launched a power play rush that allowed Dawid Malan and Bairstow to get them to their scanty destination. The duo ended undefeated on the 24th and 26th.

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