Jos Buttler’s debut as England’s clean-ball captain couldn’t have been worse as India beat the hosts in the series-opening T20.
The visitors won the coin toss, decided to strike first and they didn’t let any of the England bowlers settle, with only Chris Jordan finishing with respectable numbers.
The rest of the attack was grounded and India scored 198, with Hardik Pandya’s 51 on 33 balls the high point of the innings.
They then tore through England’s top order, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh managing to get more from the pitch than any of England’s bowlers.
But it was Pandya who was the star with the ball, proving he is a top all-rounder as he finished with numbers 4-33.
The hosts were 33-4 at one point and reached 148, so there is plenty of room for improvement in the second T20.
Pandya was in great shape[/caption]
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England v India first T20: Start date and time
The second T20 between England and India will take place today, Saturday July 9.
The action in Edgbaston is due to start at 2.30pm UK time.
England v India first T20: live stream and TV channel
The second T20 will air on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket with coverage from 2pm.
The match will also be available on NowTV via a day pass or monthly subscription.
Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the day.
To tune into talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen through the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.
1st T20I – July 7 – Rose Bowl, Southampton – IND won by 50 points
2nd T2I – July 9 – Edgbaston, Birmingham – 2:30 p.m.
3rd T20I – July 10 – Trent Bridge, Nottingham – 2.30pm
1st ODI – July 12 – Kennington Oval, London – 1pm
2nd ODI – July 14 – Lord’s, London – 11am
3rd ODI – July 17 – Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester – 1pm
England v India: Team News
England decided to leave Phil Salt, David Willey and Richard Gleeson out of the first T20 on Thursday.
But given some of the bowling displays, we got to see Gleeson get his first T20I and also an encore for Willey.
Meanwhile, Salt was in fine form with the bat in the Netherlands and could have a shot in the top four.
India selected a totally different team from the one that played in the Rose Bowl, with the rested Test players included.
Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah are all set to return to the squad as the visitors look to complete the series win.
England team: Jos Buttler (capt, wk), Moeen Ali, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Richard Gleeson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Matthew Parkinson, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, David Willey
India team: Rohit Sharma (captain), Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Umran Malik
England v India: what was said?
England white ball captain Jos Buttler: ‘We were upgraded today, I think India played fantastic with the new ball, they put a lot of pressure on us and we couldn’t really come back in the game from then on.
“I thought we came back very well in the second half of their innings, we played very bravely, we kept trying to chase wickets and we thought maybe a little above par, but the way they played early there, the ball swung pretty consistently for the first six overs and they took the first wickets.
Hardik Pandya, versatile Indian player: “Last time I played a T20 in England, I think I took 4 wickets and scored around 30 (in the series win at Bristol, 2018). So I kind of knew that I was the first Indian to score fifty and take 4 wickets.
“I’m enjoying my cricket at the moment. For me, a lot of time goes into preparation to prepare my body. The kind of break I’ve taken before this series of games, I want to capitalize on the opportunities. I’ve felt like i needed that break it’s about giving 100% and when you don’t there’s no point in playing so i needed that break and now i’m happy to to be here right now.
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