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England defeated India by seven wickets in the first Twenty-20 International (T20I) cricket match at the Green Park stadium here on Thursday. With this win, England now lead the three match T20I series 1-0.
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In reply to India's 147-7, England openers Jason Roy (19) and Sam Billings (22) got off to a flying start as they slammed 36 runs in the first three overs of the innings. But a bowling change did the job for the hosts. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was brought in, in the fourth over and the Haryana player sent back Roy. The English batsman was beaten by low bounce outside the off side and drove the ball into his own stumps.
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Two balls later, the lanky spinner departed Billings to bring India back into he match. Billings tried to play the ball across the line, but ended up yorking himself as the ball drifted back into his toes and then to the stumps. England were now at 43-2 with 105 runs needed from 16 overs.
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New batsmen Joe Root (46) and skipper Eoin Morgan (51) then forged a 83-run partnership for the third wicket to stabilise the innings. Morgan was sent packing in the 16th over with just 22 runs needed in 28 balls. The English batsman was dismissed by debutant Parveez Rasool. The fall of the wicket brought in Ben Strokes(2), who along with Root completed the formalities with 11 balls remaining.
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Earlier, put in to bat, India posted 147-7 with skipper Virat Kohli (29) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (36 not out) being the major scorers for the team. Openers K.L. Rahul (8) and Kohli started the match on a good note by scoring at a good pace. But soon, Rahul, who was struggling to find his rhythm in the middle was sent back to the pavilion in the fifth over by pacer Chris Jordan. Jordan delivered a short ball which tangled Rahul completely and as a result the short fine leg pocketed the top edge to dismiss him.