India vs England, 1st T20I at Manchester

England captain Eoin Morgan ready for India challenge

Kohli's men brace for challenging English summer

The left-arm wrist-spinner took 5-24, including three in an over, as England slipped from 95-1 early in the 12th over to finish on 159-8.

Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli celebrated KL Rahul's swashbuckling century in style as India went 1-0 up in the three-match T20I series at Old Trafford.

While India have been a consistent limited overs side during the past decade, England have finally found their mojo in ODIs and T20s, courtesy a group of fantastic limited overs players like Jos Buttler, Jason Roy and Ben Stokes.

KL Rahul´s unbeaten 101 from 54 balls then guided India to a comfortable victory with 10 balls to spare as they produced an impressive display, backed by a partisan support on a sun-drenched Manchester evening. The crafty spinners have been troubling oppositions at will as they have been able to take wickets consistently in the middle overs even in unhelpful conditions.

"Take away from this tour will obviously be the way we play our cricket, the mindset and attitude we maintain for the length of the tour that we play". "Well, we certainly are going to be more flexible". "The wicket was very dry but when I bowled my first over I felt like there was going to be a bit of turn so I stuck to one line and length". Then when I came to bowl in the second over, I kept the pace down, and increased the flight and maintained it.

England, meanwhile, made a few strategic changes after their poor showing in the tri-series.

This was after a solid start provided by in-form openers Jos Buttler (69 off 45 balls) and Jason Roy (30 off 20 balls), who added 50 in the first five overs of Powerplay.

Dating back to June 2017, England have won 5 out of 9 T20Is played against South Africa, West Indies, Australia and New Zealand.

Kohli's decision to bowl was vindicated by young Kuldeep, who broke the backbone of the England batting with his career-best figures and a maiden five-wicket haul.

"He took three wickets in four balls today and deceived us". "No one can guarantee results, just wanting to win every session and every ball that we play".

Morgan added: "The more time you spend at the crease the better you see the ball".

"This season has broken that barrier to a great extent and I think it will happen in future as well". If you are facing someone who bowls 95mph, it is very hard to replicate. And the same with a guy who spins it both ways.

While England's game plan at the start of their batting innings is clear - and with Buttler at the top of the order, working better than ever - they need to work out a similar method once the fielding restrictions are over. While the current crop of Indian batsmen have failed to play spin like the golden generation, it shouldn't be a major worry in the shortest form of the game. If you go back and analyse how Alex Hales and Jos played him, it was actually pretty smart. This is the first India-England clash of a long summer of India-England clashes, an opportunity to land an early punch or two. We want to play competitive cricket.

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