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198/8 (20)
148/10 (19.3)
IND won by 50 runs.
Player of the match: Hardik Pandya
 
That will be all from tonight's clash but there's loads of cricketing action coming your way, including the 2nd Test between Sri Lanka and Australia beginning tomorrow (or, if you're in the sub-continent, later today). Do join us for our coverage of that contest while also returning to join us for our coverage of the 2nd T20I between England and India on Saturday (July 9). Oh, if you're a night owl, you can hop over here and catch our coverage the final few overs of West Indies' run chase against Bangladesh. Thank you so much for tuning in tonight - this is the troika of Shashwat Kumar, Pratyush Rohra and Sooryanarayanan Sesha calling it a night, while reminding you to mask up and get vaccinated in case you haven't already. Good night and take care!
A dominant display by the Indians led by none other than their superstar all-rounder Hardik Pandya himself. The caravan moves back to Edgbaston where the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja will join the squad for the last two T20Is. England have some thinking to do but knowing the brand of cricket they've played over the years, expect them to come out with the same, positive intent yet again.
Hardik Pandya is the Player of the Match for his sensational all-round display (51 off 33 and 4/33 off 4 overs).

Here's what he has to say: (On being the first Indian to score a fifty and pick up four wickets in a T20I) I remembered that when I played my last T20 in England I took a four-fer and scored 30 odd. I'm enjoying my cricket right now and that is more important. A lot of time goes behind the scenes with my preparation to ensure my body is alright. Because I took a long break I wanted to make sure my rhythm was alright and it is. That was a conscious decision taken by myself when I decided that I wanted some time off from the game. When I can't enjoy the game, there's no point of Hardik Pandya playing. For me it was about the effort and the intensity. When I got that, it felt very satisfying. I've always been an individual who likes taking responsibility. It helps enchance my game. Having the captain's tag helps my responsibility but I always take up that responsibility on the field.
Rohit Sharma (India Captain): It was a great performance right from ball one. There was that intent shown from all the batters. Although the pitch was really good, you could back yourself to play your shots but at the same time...we played good cricketing shots. It's important to stick to your basics. You've got to make use of the first six overs. There's a certain approach we want to take in the Powerplay. Sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn't but you've got to keep backing yourself to do it again and again. That's why sport is so challenging since you have to keep doing it again. The whole batting unit needs to come together and understand which direction the team wants to go. The guys seem to know that well. (On Hardik Pandya) The way he's prepared himself from the IPL till now, it's been wonderful. What I was impressed with was his bowling. He's been wanting to do well for a while and he used his variations well. Not to forget how he batted as well. (On the Powerplay bowling) That's something we took into consideration as well, that's the reason we wanted to bat. Sometimes at 8 o'clock, there's a bit of nip in the air and we've got two swing bowlers upfront. They swung the ball well and made it difficult for their batters to get off in the Powerplay. If you stop oppositions in the Powerplay you will win more often. We were sloppy in the field - we should have taken those three catches. We want to set high standards; it's something we aren't proud of but we'll look to work on it and come back stronger.
Jos Buttler (England Captain): Not at all (the ideal start). We've been outplayed today. I thought India bowled outstandingly well with the new ball and put us under pressure. I thought we came back really well in the second half; we bowled with bravery and kept chasing wickets. The way they bowled at the start, the ball swung consistently in the first six overs and they took wickets consistently. (On Chris Jordan's spell) The way he bowled in a high-scoring game, he did fantastically well. Bhuvneshwar Kumar can swing it well in most places. He bowled very well and hit the right places. It swung more than I've seen in a while in a T20 game. I thought it would stop swinging after a point but it didn't. I thought Matt Parkinson bowled with a lot of bravery today. Asked him to bowl a few tough overs and he stood up to the challenge. We know they've got the talent and they've got to show it on the big stage.
India 198/8 (20) beat England 148 all out (19.3) by 50 runs.
Hardik Pandya - 51 (33) & 4/33 (4) | Suryakumar Yadav - 39 (19) | Arshdeep Singh 2/18 (3.3)
Moeen Ali 36 (20) & 2/26 (2) | Chris Jordan 2/23 (4) & 26* (15) | Harry Brook 28 (23)


Victories don't get more dominant than those. It was the Indian show all the way with the bat, save for a late slump that saw them slip away from what could have potentially been a total in excess of 215. That said, an electrifying batting performance that breathed intent all the way saw the visitors pile up 198 in their alloted 20 overs.

That score proved to be more than sufficient eventually, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar swinging it around like a boomerang. With Jos Buttler's castle disturbed, India pocketed the biggest wicket of the contest within no time. Jason Roy was made to prance like a cat on a hot tin roof against the moving ball and even as Dawid Malan broke free, he couldn't last long either.

Having notched up his maiden T20I half-century earlier, Hardik Pandya did the star turn with the ball as well. Liam Livingstone departing for a duck signaled the end for England despite all their batting ammunition that was to follow and it was Pandya who would go on to put Roy out of his misery.

Moeen Ali and Harry Brook fought back with a partnership, even as the spinners ran through their overs in the middle phase. If there's anything that would have perturbed the visitors, it was the calamity of dropped catches that even spread into the crowd when Chris Jordan hooked one into the stands.

Dinesh Karthik endured a tough outing behind the stumps but the damage was already done in the Powerplay. Wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals and it was debutant Arshdeep Singh who wrapped things up with a couple of wickets to cap off a fine debut. India take the series lead and with their seniors set to return in a couple of days' time, they couldn't have asked for a better beginning overall.
And it's the debutant who finishes it in style for India. A dominant show all the way from the visitors - India beat England by 50 runs to 1-0 up in the series!
19.3 Arshdeep Singh to Matt Parkinson, OUT! THAT WILL BE THAT! Full delivery on middle and leg stump. Parkinson backs away and looks to carve it over backward point. Unfortunately for him, he can't channel his inner Joe Root and ends up slicing it straight to the fielder at backward point, who clings onto a sharp chance and allows India to surge ahead in this T20I series!
Matt Parkinson c Deepak Hooda b Arshdeep Singh 0 (3b 0x4 0x6)
19.3 Arshdeep Singh to Matt Parkinson, banged into the track down the leg side. Parkinson gets underneath it comfortably as the umpire stretches out his arms and signals a wide
19.2 Arshdeep Singh to Chris Jordan, full delivery on middle and off stump. Jordan clears his front leg and drills the ball down the ground towards long off for another single
19.1 Arshdeep Singh to Chris Jordan, full delivery fired into the batter's pads. Jordan plays all over it as the ball thuds into his pads. Wonderful from Arshdeep!
53 needed off the last over! Where do you reckon this is headed?

Sarcasm aside, this has been a clinical display by the Indian bowlers. Harshal takes a bit of tap that over, but it's all bonus runs added to Jordan's kitty.
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146 /9 score
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cricket bat icon Chris Jordan
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cricket bat icon Matt Parkinson *
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cricket ball icon Harshal Patel
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18.6 Harshal Patel to Matt Parkinson, slower yorker on middle and off stump. Parkinson comes onto the front foot and pokes the ball into the off side towards extra cover
18.5 Harshal Patel to Matt Parkinson, back of a length delivery angled into the batter on leg stump. Parkinson looks to work to leg but plays all over it as the ball thuds into the thigh pad
18.4 Harshal Patel to Chris Jordan, length delivery outside off stump. Jordan plants his front foot and chips the ball down the ground towards long off for a single
18.3 Harshal Patel to Chris Jordan, slower delivery on a length outside off stump. Jordan gets onto the front foot and pushes the ball into the off side towards extra cover
Dropped in the crowd! So it's not just restricted to the players, eh?
18.2 Harshal Patel to Chris Jordan, SIX MORE! Short delivery on middle and leg stump. Jordan swings at it with all his might and smacks it over fine leg for another maximum!
18.1 Harshal Patel to Chris Jordan, FOUR! SHOT! Slower yorker on middle and off stump that ends up being a full toss. Jordan picks it up and crunches it past mid off for four