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KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav were exceptional in 1st T20 cricket game: Eoin Morgan

Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav’s magical spell of wrist spin was complemented by KL Rahul’s dazzling strokeplay as India started their tour of England on a resounding note, winning the opening T20 International by eight wickets

cricket Updated: Jul 04, 2018 09:37 IST

Hindustan Times, Manchester
India's KL Rahul celebrates after reaching century-mark against England in the first T20 in Manchester.
India's KL Rahul celebrates after reaching century-mark against England in the first T20 in Manchester. (Action Images via Reuters)

On a wicket where everyone struggled to find their rhythm, KL Rahul was a class apart. He came up with breathtaking shots to make a mockery of the target of 160 with an unbeaten century to help India cross it with eight wickets to spare at the Old Trafford ground on Tuesday evening.

“I don’t think everybody found it as easy as KL did today – I thought he played extremely well,” said England captain Eoin Morgan.

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However, what hurt England the most was the five-wicket haul of Kuldeep Yadav. The batsmen were simply not able to pick his length and variations.

“It wasn’t a case of us chipping it up in the air. He completely deceived us, and I thought he bowled well.”

The England skipper admitted that his team had problems against spin? “Yes, I suppose that is fair.”

“So between now and the next game, we need to assess our plans, make sure they’re the right ones, and stick with them.”

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He though conceded it was easier said that done and it’s very difficult to find a similar bowler for match simulations. “It’s like any challenge – if you’re facing a guy who bowls 95mph it’s very difficult to replicate,” said Buttler.

“If you’re facing a guy who turns it both ways, and disguises it well, it’s very difficult to replicate – because there is nobody else who bowls like that.

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“So your preparation is a clear mind, you have a pretty clear plan, and you stick to it.”

First Published: Jul 04, 2018 09:35 IST

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