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Explosive Indian Batsman K.L Rahul and the left arm Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav guided the Indian team to tremendous victory over England in the 1st T20 International at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
KL Rahul scored a scintillating 101 off 54 balls, scoring his second T20I hundred, as Rahul whacked the English bowlers all over the park hitting 10 boundaries and 5 sixes.
The other shining star for India was the left arm Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav who picked up his career best 5/24 in 4 overs. Young Yadav also became the first chinaman bowler to take a five-for in the shortest format as he singlehandedly restricted England.
On a batting surface, the Indian skipper won the toss and elected to the bowl first.
The magical spell produced by the wrist spinner Yadav stopped the English team to a below-par score of 159 for 8.
England started off well in the powerplay; the in-form openers Jos Buttler scored valuable 69 off 45 balls and Jason Roy scored 30 off 20 balls, both of them added 50 runs in the first five overs.
From 95 for 1 in 12 overs, the middle order collapsed as the skipper Eoin Morgan (7), Jonny Bairstow (0) and Joe Root (0) fell in the 14th over, which prevented England from posting a competitive total. England was left tottering at 107 for 5 and never really recovered from that body blow dealt by Kuldeep.
Team India when came in to chase down a total of 160, lost Shikhar Dhawan early. K.L Rahul who came in to bat at No.3 added 123 runs in the partnership with Rohit Sharma (32 off 30) who played the role of second fiddle.
It was Rahul who clobbered all England bowlers to every corner of the ground, took his team over the line comfortably in 18.2 overs.
Kohli finished the match with a six off Moeen Ali to remain unbeaten on 20.