India vs England (IND vs ENG) 1st T20I Live Cricket Score: After completing a momentous Test series, India and England resume hostilities in a five-match T20I series starting Friday at the newly-named Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
A series win for either team will be a boost for their confidence ahead of this year’s ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in India. England are the current occupants of the ICC’s No.1 ranking in T20I cricket with India sitting just below. A 4-1 series win or better for India will see them rise to the top spot on the ladder, with England slipping down.
Big blow for India as Jofra Archer removes Hardik Pandya for 19 after he finds Jordan at mid-off. Shardul Thakur walks in but it’s a first ball duck for him as he gets a bouncer from Archer and hooks it straight to Deep Square Leg. Washington Sundar walks in . IND: 105/6 (18 overs)
Shreyas Iyer brings up his third T20I half-century in 36 balls at a crucial time for India. Came in with India at 20/3, and has produced a priceless fifty under pressure. Consecutive boundaries for Shreyas and Team India are picking up the pace. IND: 92/4 (16 overs)
A powerful hit down the ground and a deft upper cut yields 1️0 off 2 against Stokes. Hardik Pandya goes big down the ground and then plays one over the slips for a boundary. Massive 5 overs ahead for the Men in Blue. IND: 83/4 (15 overs)
India cross 50
India manage to cross the 50-run mark with a shot of the evening so far by Shreyas Iyer that goes for boundary. IND: 55/4 (11 overs)
India in big trouble as Ben Stokes claims Rishabh Pant’s wicket. Rishabh Pant holes out to the deep, departs for 21, picking out Bairstow at deep square-leg. Pandya walks out to partner Shreyas. IND: 48/4 (10 overs)
Sublime timing from Iyer, uses Wood’s pace against him to steal a boundary. Pant and Iyer have a big task on their hands to revive the Indian innings. India’s 22-3 is their second lowest score in a T20 powerplay, and lowest when batting first. Also the joint lowest powerplay score by a team against England in T20s (Afghanistan were 22-5, batting 2nd, in Colombo in 2012 ICC World T20). IND: 29/3 (7 overs)
Pant, Iyer hold on at the end of powerplay
The powerplay comes to an end and it has been all about England and their pressure. Pant (16) and Iyer (1) survive the onslaught for another over, scoring two runs in Jordan’s six deliveries. Can the hosts bounce back or will they fall apart? IND: 22/3 (6 overs)
Just when Pant was injecting some confidence into the batting order, Dhawan falls. The opener tries to up the tempo, goes for a wild slog against Wood but is way too late on the shot… gets cleaned up. He scored a 12-ball 4. IND: 20/3 (5 overs)
Pant finds his groove early on
England are certainly the team to beat as they are the top-ranked T20I team in the world. But Pant doesn’t care about rankings. He comes on, hits Rashid for a four, reverse-sweeps Archer for a six, and then a four through square leg. IND: 18/2 (4 overs)
Ahmedabad shocked! Right after Rahul’s dismissal, Kohli walks back too on a five-ball duck. The skipper handled Archer late in the previous over, but he falls to Rashid’s delivery. Jordan with the catch near mid-on. England in the driving seat. IND: 3/2 (2.3 overs)