The first T20I between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad witnessed a heated exchange between India all-rounder Washington Sundar and England batsman Jonny Bairstow. Umpire Nitin Menon, who was closeby, had to intervene to stop the exchange of words between the two cricketers.
It was a good toss to win for Eoin Morgan as England bowlers executed the plans to perfection. They reduced India to 22 for three in the Powerplay with the gun batters already back in the hut which sums up India’s day at work. Shreyas Iyer did some revival work but he lacked partners on the other end and only managed to post 123 runs which was a cakewalk at the end of the day for England. Jofra Archer starred with the ball for England returning with three wickets.
Chasing a below-par total, Jason Roy and Jos Buttler started in typical fashion and took the game away from India inside the first six overs. They were positive and in control of their gameplay even against the spinners to add 72 runs for the first wicket in just eight overs to set the platform. Buttler departed after a well-made 28-run knock but No.1 T20I batsman Dawid Malan and Roy carried on the good work. Roy departed one short of a half-century but Jonny Bairstow and Malan ensured they ran away with the victory with eight wickets to spare.
Washington Sundar and Jonny Bairstow engaged in verbal fight
Meanwhile, at the fag end of the match, a small fight broke out between India’s Washington Sundar and England batsman Jonny Bairstow. The incident happened in the 14th over of England’s innings when Malan hit one straight back to Sundar off his bowling. However, in what appeared like a potential obstruction the ball hit Bairstow on his helmet while he was standing at the non-striker’s end.
Washington Sundar, who went for the catch, ended up missing it and was miffed with the England batsman as the duo had a heated spat before Nitin Menon intervened and parted the cricketers.
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