Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav's magical spell of wrist spin was complemented by K L Rahul's dazzling strokeplay as India started their tour of England on a resounding note, winning the opening T20 worldwide by eight wickets here on Tuesday evening.
The first T20I between England and India will be played from 5:30 pm BST, 10 pm IST.
India arrived in England after crushing Ireland 2-nil in the two-match T20 series. Thus, the Indian team will like to tick the right boxes. Not only did he prove hard for England's batsmen to get away but he kept on taking wickets which isn't the worst combination.
India has lost the service of Jasprit Bumrah just before the start of series.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), M.S. Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Suresh Raina, Shreyas Iyer, Kuldeep Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Chahar. In the last couple of seasons Bumrah has been the go-to-man for Kohli in the death overs.
Their supremacy in shorter formats is redoubtable but India will have their task cut out against a vastly improved England in the opening T20 worldwide in what will be a defining summer for Virat Kohli and his team.
Asked what kind of different approach England batsmen can take to play Indian wrist spinners going ahead in the series, Morgan replied, "It's like any other challenge".
The 25-year-old is also a part of the India A team, which is now in England playing tri-series with England Lions and West Indies.
There was little fortunate from that point though, as he put on a staggering display of power hitting, leaving the equally destructive Rohit Sharma just to work singles and let Rahul get on with it.
Kuldeep's effort was even more praiseworthy considering that his fellow left-arm spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (0/34 in 4 overs) had an off-day. But England were already blessed with top order players before the move and Buttler's elevation has simply added to the number of batsmen who would, ideally, open the innings.
"Obviously they (Bairstow and Root) are quality batsmen". And with the kind of form they are in, making early inroads is the only way forward for the Indian bowlers.
Kuldeep's true impact would come in his next over - the innings-changing 14th - when he ripped out the guts with three victims. While Rashid followed that up with 3 wickets in the T20I against the Aussies, Ali picked one.
"Jos Buttler is a magnificent player of spin". Kohli, though, wasn't surprised with Buttler's highly impressive showing. "In T20Is, we can afford to do that because they are short", he said.
Buttler scored 50 off only 22 balls, and his knock - including six fours and five sixes - mirrored his IPL form. But Plunkett's awkward bounce off a length could trouble the left-hander who isn't known to have a sound defence. Kuldeep bowled well and we know he can bowl well.