It was the first Day-Night International in the Kanpur. But it wasn’t quite the cricketing holiday. Kohli made only 29, India managed all of one six in their 20 overs. Eoin Morgan’s eighth T20I fifty and his 83-run stand with Joe Root, who smashed an unbeaten 46, helped England coast to a seven-wicket win to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Chahal took 2/27 as Virat Kohli’s team tried to put up a fight. Earlier, MS Dhoni blasted 36 off 27 balls and Suresh Raina smashed 34 as India managed to reach 147/7 in Green Park
The defeat, according to Kohli, had been brought upon by a combination of inept batting and some fine England bowling. “Today was a case where we were about 30-35 runs short. 150 was below-par score to be honest on that sort of wicket,” the Indian captain said. If we had bowled better, we could have made a good fight of the total we had on the board, but about 170-175 would have been a more competitive total, England performed the way we know they can. Credit to their bowlers for bowling hard lengths, they extracted pace and bounce. They were precise.
Kohli promoted himself to open the batting on his T20I captaincy debut but was not at his usual fluent best, scoring 29 off 26 before Moeen Ali nipped him out with his first delivery. The decision to move up from his usual No. 3 slot, Kohli revealed, had only come as a logical consequence to regular opener Rohit Sharma’s injury-forced absence. Kohli said that, “I’ve opened enough in the IPL, in 17 matches, so I think I have an idea about opening which is why I opened. You can play another batsman in the middle order, like Suresh Raina at No. 3.” However, Kohli agreed that the opening combination was an area of concern in the shorter formats.