MANCHESTER, England — Lokesh Rahul smashed 101 off 54 balls as India brought England back down to earth with an eight-wicket victory in the first of three Twenty20 cricket matches on July 3.
Put into bat by India at Old Trafford, England was unable to cope with the left-arm wrist spin of Kuldeep Yadav, who took 5-24. Only Jos Buttler with 69 off 46 balls seriously troubled the tourists as England finished on 159-8.
In reply, India reached 163-2 in 18.2 overs with Rahul and Virat Kohli (20) at the crease.
England swept Australia 5-0 in the recent ODI series and also won their one-off Twenty20 by 28 runs with Buttler smashing a record 22-ball 50 for the national team.
But India, as expected, proved far stronger opposition for England.
IANS adds: Kuldeep Yadav's massacre broke the English batting line-up and the spinner was well supported by pacer Umesh Yadav (2/20).
Put into bat, England was off to a good start as openers Jason Roy (30) and Buttler forged a 50-run partnership for the first wicket in 4.5 overs before Umesh drew the first blood to send back Roy.
Buttler was then joined by Alex Hales (8) and the duo partnered for a 45-run stand.
Kuldeep sent back Hales in the 12th over and went on to destruct the opponents as he dismissed Eoin Morgan (7), Jonny Bairstow (0) and Joe Root (0), which left England reeling at 107/5 in 13.4 overs.
Buttler got some support from unbeaten David Willey, who chipped in with 29 runs down the order, to help England reach a moderate total.
Kuldeep, however, was in no mood to give any respite to the hosts as he once again scalped a wicket in his final over to send back Buttler, the lone English batsman to show some resistance.
Brief Scores: England 159/8 (Jos Buttler 69, Jason Roy 30; Kuldeep Yadav 5/24) vs India.