Captain Morgan guides England to series lead

Eoin Morgan's eighth Twenty20 International half-century guided England to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over India on Thursday.

England lost the Test series 4-0 and were beaten 2-1 by India in the one-day internationals, but were victorious in the final 50-over contest last weekend.

And the tourists carried that momentum into the opening T20 in Kanpur as skipper Morgan led the way in helping England take a 1-0 led in the three-match series.

Having won the toss England succeeded in dismissing India captain Virat Kohli for a relatively meagre 29, though former skipper MS Dhoni's unbeaten 36 propelled the hosts to 147-7.

That target did not look defendable after a fine opening salvo from Jason Roy (19) and Sam Billings (22), and Morgan (51) and Joe Root's (46 not out) third-wicket stand of 83 put England in a commanding position they did not surrender.

Kohli had looked in typically menacing form, hitting four boundaries in 26 balls, but the dangerman was removed when he hit Moeen Ali (2-21) to Morgan at midwicket to leave India on 55-2.

Suresh Raina threatened to guide India to an imposing total in Kohli's absence, his 34 coming off just 23 balls, but a perfectly placed leg-stump yorker from Ben Stokes (1-37) ended his charge.

India found some salvation in their former skipper's 27-ball effort, and Dhoni's showing at least gave the hosts something to defend.

But Roy and Billings got England's pursuit off to a speedy start by putting on 42 in 20 balls.

Yuzvendra Chahal (2-27) produced an excellent fourth over to remove both Roy and Billings as England wobbled, but any thoughts of a collapse were soon put to bed.

Morgan was the aggressor in his stand with Root, the skipper hitting a huge six - his fourth of the innings - over midwicket to bring up his 50.

A slog to long off on the next delivery saw Morgan depart and Parvez Rasool (1-32) claim a wicket on debut, with Root then earning a reprieve as he was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah from a no-ball.

From there Root and Stokes (2no) had no issues in ensuring England go into Sunday's match in Nagpur with a 1-0 lead.


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