India star bowler ruled out of England T20 series

Tyler Owen
July 4, 2018

But Kuldeep Yadav did the damage with a maiden five-wicket haul at this level before Rahul (101no) made short work of the chase as India prevailed with eight wickets and 10 balls to spare, leaving England to contemplate a reality check following last month's six-game white-ball whitewash of Australia. Dhawan, who was India's best batsman when India played the Champions Trophy in England a few years ago, took the throwdowns with a heavy plastic ball.

On the other side, England look equally risky, and with the backing of home conditions, India will have their task cut out against this formidable team.

"It doesn't matter whether I get runs or don't get runs [he got 258 at an average of 129], what I want is the team to play well and the team to win".

He escaped one chance when Jason Roy put him down off David Willey on 17, but was otherwise imperious as he cashed in his second T20 global hundred with 10 fours and five sixes.

The 6-1 thrashing of Panama coincided with a stunning victory over Australia at Old Trafford, and Morgan hopes something similar can happen against India. However, in the next five overs, Rahul and Sharma scored 70, taking Moeen Ali's first two overs for 30 and Liam Plunkett for an over of 20.

They celebrated even more wildly three balls later when Yadav captured Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root without scoring in successive deliveries.

India are also set to take on England in a three match ODI series after the T20's and it is believed that Bumrah will be available for selection. It was evident as they didn't have a clue as to which way the ball would turn.

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Fresh from a relatively easy 2-0 whitewash over minnows Ireland, India's real test on the tour will start on Tuesday when the Virat Kohli-led brigade will be up against a formidable England side in the first of the three-match Twenty20 worldwide series at the Old Trafford.

These two dismissals were preceded by downfall of Alex Hales (8) and skipper Eoin Morgan (7) and followed Buttler, who was frustrated with wickets falling like ninepins at the other end.

Nonetheless, Umesh Yadav, who impressed in IPL 2018 with raw pace, will open the bowling alongside the impressive Bhuvneshwar Kumar. England's batters largely struggled, with Buttler being the only one to provide resistance to the excellent Kuldeep Yadav.

He hit the back of the length area to castle Roy.

Alex Hales seemed to have left his timing somewhere between Manchester and Birmingham, where last week he clattered Australia for 49 off 24, and was finally put out of his misery by Kuldeep, bowled round his legs for an 18-ball eight.

Skipper Morgan wanted to get going but misread the flight as he was holed at deep mid-wicket.

David Willey (28 off 15 balls) should be given some credit for cameo as his two fours and two sixes got England past 150-run mark in the end.

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