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Hardik Pandya shines as India beats England in 1st T20I

Southampton [UK]July 8 (ANI): Hardik Pandya’s all-round performance helped Team India beat England by 50 runs in the first T20I of the three-match series in Southampton on Thursday.

Hardik smashed 51 runs off 33 balls which took India’s total to 198/8 in the first innings. Later, he started with four wickets on his head and restricted England to 148. Apart from him, debutant Arshdeep Singh and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took 2 wickets each.

Chasing 199, England started on a miserable note when skipper Jos Buttler was run out by Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the fifth ball of the innings with just one run on the board. David Malan joined hands with opener Jason Roy at the crease and tried to anchor the innings.

Their pair was broken in the 5th over when Hardik dismissed Malan, who departed after scoring 21 runs in 14 balls. This was followed by the dismissal of Liam Livingstone in the same over, which left the hosts struggling at 29/3.

Harry Brooke edged Jason Roy but India got another breakthrough in the 7th over when the latter was caught by Harshal Patel off Hardik’s delivery. Brookie joined Moeen Ali and gave England some momentum.

The pair then put on a 60-run partnership to take England to 94/4 before Chahal took two strikes and sent both batsmen back in the 13th over to leave England at 100/6.

Sam Curran and Chris Jordan came to the crease but couldn’t do much as the former was caught by Dinesh Karthik off Hardik’s delivery in the 14th over. Tymal Mills joined Jordan and was caught and bowled by Harshal Patel after scoring 7 runs.

Rhys Topley came to the crease after that but couldn’t last long as he fell prey to Arshdeep’s spell and departed after scoring 9 runs for his team. Matthew Parkinson joined Jordan and tried to build a partnership.

England’s chase ended after Parkinson was caught by Deepak Hooda off an Arshdeep delivery, giving the visitors a 50-run win.

Earlier, Hardik smashed 51 runs while Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Hooda scored 39 and 33 runs respectively, which helped the Indian team post 198 runs in the first innings. Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan took two wickets each for England, while Topley, Tymal Mills and Parkinson took one wicket each.

Brief scores: India 198/8 (Hardik Pandya 51, Suryakumar Yadav 39, Chris Jordan 2/23) vs England 148 (Moeen Ali 36, Harry Brook 28, Hardik Pandya 4/33). (ANI)

Hardik Pandya shines as India beats England in 1st T20I

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