Virat Kohli-led India suffered a crushing defeat against an in-form England in the 1st T20I at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday. It was India’s first instance of successive defeats in the T20I format since November 2019.
England beat India in T20I series opener in Ahmedabad. (Reuters Photo)
- India suffered 8-wicket defeat in the 1st T20I of five-match series vs England
- It was India’s first instance of successive T20I defeats since November 2019
- India had last suffered successive defeats against South Africa and Bangladesh in 2019
Virat Kohli-led India suffered their first back-to-back defeat in T20Is since November 2019 after all-rounder England registered a comprehensive eight-wicket win over the hosts in the first T20 International in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Notably, India had last suffered two successive defeats against South Africa and Bangladesh on September 22 and November 3, 2019, while India’s only loss in 2020 came against Australia in the Sydney T20I as Virat Kohli’s men had a fine run in the shortest format of the game in 2020 where they won 10 out of 11 matches.
Earlier, Eoin Morgan-led England, after electing to field, denied India a strong start and eventually restricted them to a below-par 124 for 7 despite Shreyas Iyer’s career-best 67. India never got the momentum going in the series-opener as England’s pace-heavy attack, led by Jofra Archer, used the extra bounce effectively to trouble them. Later, Jason Roy hit a 32-ball 49 as England gunned down the below-par target in just 15.3 overs and handed India an 8-wicket defeat in the series opener.
The series assumes more importance for both teams as India will host the Twenty20 World Cup in October-November. Ahmedabad hosts all five matches in the series with the second match scheduled for Sunday.