Kuldeep, Rahul wreck Eng

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jul 2018 17:18:24




CHINAMAN Kuldeep Yadav left the English batsmen in a daze with his magical spell of wrist spin and later KL Rahul hammered a superb hundred as India completed total domination over England in the opening T20 International, here Tuesday night.After restricting the hosts to a manageable 159 for 8, India cantered home losing just two wickets. Hitting his second T20 hundred, Rahul (101*; 54b, 10x4, 5x6) added 123 runs with Rohit Sharma (32; 30b, 3x4, 1x6) for the second wicket to lay the foundation of the successful chase. Skipper Virat Kohli (20*; 22b, 1x6) was unbeaten as India won in 18.2 overs.

Earlier, Kohli’s decision to bowl was vindicated by young Kuldeep, who broke the backbone of the England batting with his career-best figures of 5 for 24 in 4 overs.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. However from a relatively comfortable 95 for 1 in the 12th over, Kuldeep removed rival skipper Eoin Morgan (7), Jonny Bairstow (0) and Joe Root (0) in the 14th over. which prevented England from posting a competitive total on a placid track.That England lacked homework while facing Kuldeep was evident with the likes of Bairstow and Root being left in a tangle. They were both deceived by flight and failed to read the turn off the pitch, getting out off successive deliveries.