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Jofra Archer leads the way as England bowlers set up crushing win over India in first T20I

England take 1-0 lead in five-match T20I series against India as Jofra Archer (3-23) and Jason Roy (49 from 32 balls) star in the series opener; India restricted to 124-7 before England cruise to victory by eight-wickets in 15.3 overs

AP Newsroom - Jofra Archer led a superb England bowling effort with figures of 3-23 in the first T20I
Image: Jofra Archer led a superb England bowling effort with figures of 3-23 in Ahmedabad

Jofra Archer led a superb bowling effort as England cruised to an eight-wicket win over India in the first T20 international.

The fast bowler took 3-23 as India were restricted to just 124-7 from their 20 overs as Eoin Morgan's side produced a fantastically disciplined performance with the ball and in the field, with Shreyas Iyer's 67 from 48 balls the only score of note for the hosts.

A slightly two-paced surface had made life tough for India but Jason Roy (49 from 32) and Jos Buttler (28 from 24) got England off to a quick start and it soon became a matter of when, not if, the tourists would chase down the 125 they needed.

Both openers fell before the end but Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow got England over the line with 27 balls to spare, giving the visitors the perfect start to the five-match series.

Having won the toss and chosen to bowl, Eoin Morgan sprung an early surprise as he gave Adil Rashid (1-14) the ball for the first over of the match and the legspinner repaid his captain with the key wicket of Virat Kohli (0) in his second over.

Adil Rashid (Associated Press)
Image: Adil Rashid opened the bowling for England for the first time and dismissed Virat Kohli in his second over

By the time the India captain had slapped his fifth ball to mid-off, Archer had already removed KL Rahul (1), the opener dragging a full, wide delivery onto his stumps and the home side were 3-2.

Mark Wood (1-20) kept the pressure up when he replaced Rashid and was rewarded when a frustrated Shikhar Dhawan (4) missed with a legside hoick and was bowled. Having struggled for wickets in the powerplay for so long in T20 cricket, England suddenly had three in the first five overs.

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India's hopes lay Rishabh Pant, who reverse ramped Archer for six, and Iyer but their attempts to gradually rebuild were ended by Ben Stokes (1-25) in the 10th over; the former whipping a full ball on leg straight to Jonny Bairstow at deep backward square.

England continued to rotate their bowlers but if India were waiting for a loose over to help them kickstart their innings, they were to be left disappointed; the bowlers changed but the seamers' plan to dig the ball into the pitch on a very straight line continued to be executed well.

Associated Press - India's Shreyas Iyer bats during the first T20 against England
Image: Shreyas Iyer scored an elegant 67 for India but had little support

Iyer showed his class with a number of elegant boundaries on his way to a 36-ball fifty but lost Hardik Pandya just as their 54-run partnership was starting to gain some momentum, Archer claiming his second of the night.

Shardul Thakur followed next ball, hooking a bouncer into the hands of Malan, and there was to be no big finish for India as Chris Jordan (1-27) snared Iyer with a slower-ball bouncer in the final over.

India needed early wickets in the chase and although Roy needed a bit of luck in the second over when a leading edge off Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0-15) looped over the cover fielder, England's openers were largely untroubled in the powerplay.

The 50 partnership came up with the final ball of the powerplay with a boundary from Buttler, who had smashed Axar Patel (0-24) into the stands in the previous over, while Roy was up and running after launching Yuzvendra Chahal's first ball over midwicket for six.

AP Newsroom - England's Jason Roy
Image: Jason Roy got England off to a flyer and was unfortunate to fall one run short of a half-century

Roy went after the India leggie again in the eighth over, a four over midwicket followed by a six battered over deep square leg, but Chahal ended it on a high as he trapped Buttler lbw with a wrong 'un to break an opening stand of 72.

Roy seemed set for a half-century but fell one short as Washington Sundar (1-18) got him lbw with his first ball, umpire's call upholding the decision after the opener reviewed.

It was a personal disappointment for Roy to miss out on a fifty after playing so well but he had already his bit for the team cause and when Bairstow (26no from 17) bludgeoned Chahal (1-44) for a pair of sixes in the next over, England were within 20 of victory.

Malan (24no from 20) finished it off for Morgan's men, clubbing Sundar back over his head for six to put England 1-0 up in the series.

Watch the second T20I between India and England from 2pm, Sunday on Sky Sports Cricket.

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