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England spoil Virat Kohli’s debut as T20 captain after Eoin Morgan’s breezy 51

Eoin Morgan’s eighth fifty and his 83-run stand with Joe Root (46*) helped England to a thumping seven-wicket win over India to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Earlier, MS Dhoni‘s 36* off 27 balls took the hosts to 147/7 at Green Park, Kanpur. Relive all highlights of India vs England first T20I here

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Eoin Morgan slammed his eighth fifty and shared a 83-run stand with Joe Root to help England beat India by seven wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.(BCCI)

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. Yuzvendra 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. Relive all highlights of India vs England, 1st T20I from Kanpur here (SCORECARD | LIVE STREAMING INFO)

Joe Root and Eoin Morgan’s vital knocks gave England victory in the Kanpur ODI as they took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. (BCCI)

20:02 hrs IST: That is all we have from here. Join us on Sunday, January 29 for the second T20I from Jamtha, Nagpur. Bye bye!

20:00 hrs IST: Moeen Ali, Man of the Match for his haul of 2/21: I’ve been bowling quite well in the ODIs. Took some confidence from the ODIs. Didn’t do anything different to be honest.

19:57 hrs IST: Eoin Morgan: I thought our bowlers were outstanding tonight. Moeen Ali in particular showed great resolve on a wicket which wasn’t turning much. Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan put their hands up too. They executed beautifully and made it hard for the Indian batsmen

19:53 hrs IST: Virat Kohli: England performed the way we know they can. Credit to their bowlers for bowling hard lengths, they extracted pace and bounce. They were precise. Explosive start at the top

19:49 hrs IST: Joe Root: It is great to see England play with such confidence. Jason Roy is coming on the back of a good ODI series. I hope he takes the confidence forward for the rest of the series. You would like to think bowling first didn’t matter. It did play a little bit better under lights

Joe Root smashed an unbeaten 46 as England registered a thumping seven-wicket win over India in Kanpur to take a 1-0 lead in the series. (BCCI)

19:42 hrs IST: Root nudges Bumrah to deep square leg and England have sealed a thumping seven-wicket win to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Superb batting from Morgan and Root.

19:36 hrs IST: That should be the game for England. Root slogs a length ball over mid on for a boundary. A full toss follows and Root thumps it to wide long on again. Scores level.

19:35 hrs IST: Edged but safe! Root gets an edge to third man but Rasool slides to prevent a boundary. Next ball, Root pulls to mid wicket but Chahal stops the boundary. Just 10 runs needed.

19:34 hrs IST: Two sides to begin with from Nehra and the game slips away from India further

19:30 hrs IST: WICKET! But no it isn’t! Bumrah cleans up Root as India make a comeback. But, he has overstepped. On the free-hit, Root is bowled again. England survive as they move to 132/3 in 17 overs, needing 16 off 18 balls.

19:23 hrs IST: WICKET! Eoin Morgan c Suresh Raina b Parvez Rasool 51 (38), England 127/3 in 16th over.

Lofts a flighted ball straight to long off, first wicket for Rasool in T20Is.

19:20 hrs IST: Good fielding from Suresh Raina. He catches the ball as it sails over the ropes at deep mid wicket but the momentum takes him over, he manages to release the ball to save four runs. England 120/2 in 15 overs, need 28 off 30.

Eoin Morgan, Captain of England hits over the top for six during the first T20 International between India and England held at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on the 26th January 2017 Photo by: Ron Gaunt/ BCCI/ SPORTZPICS (BCCI)

19:16 hrs IST: BOOM! He has murdered that. Rasool floats it too short on middle stump and Morgan crunches the pull to deep mid wicket for another six. England closing in. They are 114/2 after 14 overs

19.12 hrs IST: England cruise to 103/2 after 13 overs. .The partnership has gone past 50.

19.07 hrs IST: SIX! Morgan makes space for himself to hit Raina for a huge six over wide long-on. England 94/2 after 12 overs.

19:04 hrs IST: Root and Morgan are steadying England as they move to 82/2 after 11 overs.

18.58 hrs IST: Root drives Chahal through covers before Morgan hits a huge six. England 76/2 after 10 over.

18.55 hrs IST: England in pressure as Bumrah concedes two this over. England 64/2 after nine overs.

18.53 hrs IST: Raina concedes just five runs. England 62/2 after eight overs.

18.52 hrs IST: Four runs in four balls. Good start by Raina.

18.50 hrs IST: Suresh Raina comes to bowl.

18.49 hrs IST: England 57/2 after seven overs.

18.46 hrs IST: Four! Morgan plays Rasool inside out over deep extra cover for a boundary. England 52/2 in the seventh over.

18.43 hrs IST: Chahal keeps up the pressure. Morgan looks in trouble already. England 48/2 after six overs.

Yuzvendra Chahal picked up two wickets to keep India in the hunt. (BCCI)

18.36 hrs IST: WICKET! Chahal strikes again. England 43/2. Sam Billings b 22 (10b). Catch live cricket score here.

18.35 hrs IST: WICKET! Yuzvendra Chahal gets his revenge after getting hit for a six by Jason Roy. Roy played on to his stumps. England 42/1 in fourth over.

18.31 hrs IST: Another productive over for England, Nehra concedes 12. England 36/0 after three overs.

18.28 hrs IST: Now Nehra goes for a six. Roy hits him over long-off to take England to 32/0 in the third over.

18.24 hrs IST: SIX! Billings goes acroos the stumps to hit Bumrah over fine-leg. Good over for England, bad start by Bumrah. England 24/2 after two overs.

18.22 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries off Bumrah. England 12/0 in second over.

18.21 hrs IST: Quiet start by the visitors. England 4/0 after one over.

18:18 hrs IST: Already a misfield and it is captain Kohli. Roy drives a full ball to cover where the ball bounces awkwardly for Kohli who lets it go.

18:17 hrs IST: Sam Billings and Jason Roy have come out to open the innings for England. Ashish Nehra, the old warhorse for India, will open the bowling.

MS Dhoni held firm with a 27-ball 36 as India notched up 147/7 versus England in Green Park, Kanpur. (BCCI)

18:07 hrs IST: Dhoni gets a couple last ball and India have reached 147/7. Slightly below par but the surface seems to be sluggish.

18:03 hrs IST: WICKET! Parvez Rasool run out (Eoin Morgan) 5 (6), India 145/7.

MS Dhoni hits it straight to cover and Parvez Rasool is backing up too far, the England skipper scores a direct hit to catch Rasool well short of the crease.

18:02 hrs IST: Back-to-back boundaries.Dhoni crunches a full ball to deep cover. 150 definitely on.

18:01 hrs IST: BANG! Oh boy! He hit that so hard. Full ball and Dhoni blasts it down the ground for a much-needed boundary.

18:00 hrs IST: Only seven runs in the 19th over. Impressive show from Tymal Mills as he ends with 4-0-27-1. India are 135/6. Can they get to 150?

MS Dhoni held firm as India lost wickets at regular intervals. (BCCI)

17:55 hrs IST: Another excellent over from Chris Jordan. After 18 overs, India are 128/6.

17:52 hrs IST: Only three overs remain. India will be hoping for MS Dhoni to blast them towards 150.

17:47 hrs IST: WICKET. Hardik Pandya c Sam Billings b Tymal Mills 9 (12), India 118/6 in 17th over.

Short ball and he top-edges the slog to deep point, first wicket for Tymal Mills.

17:44 hrs IST: Stokes is losing his line as he concedes another wide. This is a long over for England. India are 117/5 after 16 overs.

17:42 hrs IST: Dhoni pummels Stokes to the deep cover fence. Many more hits needed if India are to reach a big total.

Moeen Ali got the wickets of Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey to finish with 2/21. (BCCI)

17:40 hrs IST: Moeen Ali the star for England. His figures read 4-0-21-2. His wicket of Kohli was key.

17:38 hrs IST: BANG! Pandya whacks a short ball from Plunkett to wide long on but Stokes puts in a good dive to prevent a boundary.

17:35 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya comes in and India have notched up the 100 in the 15th over. How much can MS Dhoni get?

17:32 hrs IST: WICKET! Manish Pandey LBW Moeen Ali 3 (5), India 98/5 in the 14th over.

Plays all around an off break and gets trapped in front.

Ben Stokes dismissed Suresh Raina for 34. (BCCI)

17:29 hrs IST: WICKET! Suresh Raina b Ben Stokes 34 (23), India 95/4 in 12.3 overs.

Too much shuffling around. Raina moves a bit to the off side and Stokes fires a full ball on leg stump, Raina misses the flick and it knocks leg stump.

17:27 hrs IST: Ben Stokes returns and Suresh Raina welcomes him in style. He makes room and wallops the lofted shot over wide long on for a big six.

17:24 hrs IST: Raina and Dhoni hold the key. India will be eyeing a total in excess of 150. After 12 overs, India are 88/3.

17:21 hrs IST: Lovely shot! Raina dances down the track and caresses the drive inside out wide of mid-off for a boundary. After 11 overs, India are 82/3.

17:18 hrs IST: WICKET: Yuvraj Singh c Adil Rashid b Liam Plunkett 12 (13), India 75/3 after 10.1 overs.

Top edges a short ball and Rashid runs in from deep backward square leg to take the catch, third umpire has a look but the catch is deemed safe.

17:15 hrs IST: BOOM! Yuvraj blasts Moeen down the ground for a boundary. India are 75/2 after 10 overs.

Virat Kohli Captain of India departs during the first T20 International between India and England held at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on the 26th January 2017 Photo by: Ron Gaunt/ BCCI/ SPORTZPICS

17:12 hrs IST: Cracking shot! Short and wide from Stokes, Raina watches it and hacks it down to deep backward point for a boundary. India are 68/2 after nine overs.

17:10 hrs IST: Things steady for India as Yuvraj and Raina aim to push forward. Over in Melbourne, Roger Federer has entered the final of the Australian Open after a five-set thriller against Stan Wawrinka. Well played, Fedex.

17:07 hrs IST: Over in Adelaide, Australia have sealed a 57-run win and have clinched the series 4-1 against Pakistan.

17:04 hrs IST: WICKET! Virat Kohli c Eoin Morgan b Moeen Ali 29 (26).

Whips it straight to mid wicket. Moeen strikes first ball and that is a massive blow.

17:01 hrs IST: Ben Stokes is into the attack. India have notched up the 50 in just 38 balls.

17:00 hrs IST: Epic match happening in Melbourne as Federer leads 3-2 against Wawrinka in fifth set. Over in Adelaide, Australia are an over away from making it 4-1.

England got the big wicket of KL Rahul for 8 in Kanpur. (BCCI)

16:58 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Full ball on middle, Raina launches it high into the Kanpur skyline, the ball lands safely at long on and he gets another boundary. India are 47/1 after six overs.

16:56 hrs IST: Raina gets going in style. He charges Plunkett and slices a short and wide ball to deep point but Adil Rashid misfields.

16:54 hrs IST: Suresh Raina promoted to No.3. On his home ground, he will be aiming for a good show. India 36/1 after five overs.

16:53 hrs IST: Lokesh Rahul c Adil Rashid b Chris Jordan 8 (9), India 34/1 in 4.3 overs.

Slow and short ball on middle, Rahul top-edges the pull and short fine leg takes the catch.

Virat Kohli gave India an aggressive start in the Kanpur T20I against England. (BCCI)

16:50 hrs IST: Kohli employs the flick and whips it to deep mid wicket. This is a great start for India.

16:48 hrs IST: Rahul is hit on the hand by an off-cutter that rears up from the surface. He is alright. After four overs, India are 33/0.

16:46 hrs IST: Kohli continues to find the boundary. He slices Liam Plunkett to deep cover and Jason Roy tries to stop it but he collides with the ball boy beyond the ropes. Things get even better as the Indian skipper creams an uppish drive to deep extra cover.

16:45 hrs IST: Good comeback from Mills after an expensive start. India 22/0 after three overs.

16:41 hrs IST: Good pace from Mills. Comes round the wicket and gets a bouncer to rear up on KL Rahul.

16:39 hrs IST: WHAM! Green Park erupts. Kohli launches Jordan down the ground for a boundary but the bowler gets his revenge by beating him with an off-cutter. After two overs, India are 16/0.

16:37 hrs IST: Slightly struggling is Kohli. Short and wide from Jordan but the Indian skipper cannot put it away, he squirms in disgust. He continues to swing and miss.

16:36 hrs IST: Disastrous start for Chris Jordan. He oversteps but Kohli cannot put the free-hit away.

16:34 hrs IST: Lokesh Rahul gets off the mark in style. He upper glides a short ball from Mills to the third man boundary. After first over, India 9/0.

16:33 hrs IST: Over in Melbourne, it is two sets all between Federer and Wawrinka in Australian Open semi-final. All set for an epic.

Virat Kohli came out to open for the first time in Twenty20 Internationals. (BCCI)

16:32 hrs IST: Awesome way to get off the mark. Short and wide delivery outside off, Kohli carves it to deep cover to get off the mark with a boundary.

16:31 hrs IST: Virat Kohli will open the batting. Tymal Mills will open the bowling. Good ball first up. Gets some swing back in

16:28 hrs IST: Stanislas Wawrinka has broken Federer and is leading 5-4 in the fourth set. He will serve for the set.

16:26 hrs IST: The England national song is being played. Followed by the Indian national anthem. It is a special day today, considering that our Republic has turned 68.

Virat Kohli lost the toss in his first assignment as T20I captain against England in Green Park, Kanpur. (BCCI)

16:23 hrs IST: This is the first match for Ashish Nehra as well since the 2016 IPL. After the tournament, he underwent surgery on his knee.

16:21 hrs IST: Federer is nearing a berth in the final despite losing the third set. He is leading 4-3 in the fourth set.

16:18 hrs IST: Over in Adelaide, Babar Azam has departed after scoring 100. Pakistan need 132 runs in 66 balls. Tall task.

16:13 hrs IST: Heading into the Kanpur match, there was a report that Kohli might try something different. Buzz from the ground is that he might open the innings with KL Rahul.

16:10 hrs IST: So no Rishabh Pant in the playing XI. His wait continues. Suresh Raina has a chance to shine on his home ground and this will be his first international game since March 2016.

16:07 hrs IST: These are the playing XIs of both the teams:

India: Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Parvez Rasool, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra

England: Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills

16:03 hrs IST: England have won the toss and chosen to bowl. Parvez Rasool will make his T20I debut for India.

15:57 hrs IST: Confirmed: Parvez Rasool will make his international debut. No idea yet about Rishabh Pant. Some green patches on the pitch but overall, looks excellent for batting.

Parvez Rasool was handed his debut in the Kanpur T20I against England. (BCCI)

15:54 hrs IST: Toss is just six minutes away. This will be the start of the T20 carnival for India. After these three matches, there will be two months of IPL followed by the Champions Trophy in 2017.

15:43 hrs IST: This is the first time that Kanpur is hosting a T20I match. It is an early start at Green park because of the faulty floodlight situation at the stadium. This is the reason why there are no Day-Night games in Kanpur.

15:37 hrs IST: Babar Azam is nearing a ton but Australia are on top. Over in Melbourne, it is 1-1 between Federer and Wawrinka with Fedex up by two sets to love.

15:25 hrs IST: A government holiday does not mean it is a sporting holiday. Other than cricket, there is the Australian Open tennis tournament. All Roger Federer fans rejoice as he has taken a two sets to love lead against his fellow Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka.

15:22 hrs IST: With the toss just 35 minutes away in Kanpur, over in Adelaide, Australia are poised to clinch the series 4-1 against Pakistan after David Warner’s sensational blitz lifted them to 369/7.

15:20 hrs IST: A warm welcome to one and all for the first T20I between India vs England from Kanpur. Firstly, Happy Republic Day to all my Indian friends, brothers and sisters. India is 68 years old as a republic. For all my friends Down Under, Happy Australia Day, maites!!!

Virat Kohli continues to remain unbeaten as captain. After securing the Test series 4-0, his tenure as full-time captain of the Indian team got off to a rousing start with a 2-1 win in the ODIs against England. Heading into the Twenty20 series, Kohli will be aiming for a hat-trick.

India A batsman Rishabh Pant plays a shot during the second warm-up one day cricket match between India A and England XI at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) stadium in Mumbai on January 12, 2017. (AFP)

The squad will have some fresh faces, but the one that will garner most attention will be Rishabh Pant. The 19-year-old youngster starred in the 2016/17 Ranji Trophy and impressed in the warm-up game against England in Brabourne.

Focus will also be on veteran warhorse and death bowler specialist Ashish Nehra. And Suresh Raina, who last played a T20 for India in World T20 in March 2016, will hope to impress in front of his home fans.

With Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja rested, the focus will be on offspinner Pervez Rasool as he aims to make a mark.

It will be the first time that Kohli will captain India in T20Is. England have a surprisingly good record against India in T20Is, having won five out of eight T20Is.

England will back themselves once again to push the young home team trying a few things before the ICC Champions Trophy in June in UK.

England skipper Eoin Morgan has said these matches have relevance as they try to build-up for the Champions Trophy. The team will also welcome back Joe Root as he missed the Kolkata ODI due to injury.

Kanpur will be hosting its first T20I, having started off the 2016/17 season with India’s 500th Test match.

First Published: Jan 26, 2017 15:11 IST