SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) – An impressed all-round present from Hardik Pandya fired India to an emphatic 50-run win over England in the first Twenty20 of their three-match sequence on the Ageas Bowl on Thursday.
India made a flying begin after opting to bat, with Deepak Hooda (33) and Suryakumar Yadav (39) taking a liking to the English assault earlier than Pandya (51) chipped in along with his maiden fifty in the shortest format and guided India to 198-8.
Things had regarded even worse for the hosts with Pandya in full movement however positive dying bowling from Tymal Mills (1-35) and Chris Jordan (2-23) dragged them again into the sport and stored India beneath 200.
In reply, the touring aspect bought an early increase when Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-10) eliminated new captain Jos Buttler for nought and Pandya (4-33) removed Liam Livingstone (0) and Jason Roy (4) in fast succession to depart England reeling at 33-4.
Harry Brook (28) and Moeen Ali (36) tried to revive England in the center overs however each fell to the leg-spin of Yuzvendra Chahal (2-32) because the lack of common wickets meant the house aspect had been bowled out for 148 in 19.3 overs.
The groups head to Edgbaston for the second match of the sequence on Saturday.
(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru, modifying by Ed Osmond)