Chris Jordan becomes England's leading T20 wicket-taker with two for 23
Hardik Pandya makes 33-ball 51 and takes four for 33
England's most destructive batsmen Buttler and Livingstone dismissed for ducks
Jos Buttler’s first innings as England’s new captain lasted just one ball as his golden duck set the tone for a 50-run thumping by India.
After the storming success of the Test side under new management, Buttler was probably on a hiding to nothing in his first game as official captain but this was the worst possible start to his tenure, his team bowled out for 148 having never threatened victory. “We were outplayed,” he admitted. “The ball swung more than I have ever seen in a T20. I thought India bowled fantastically well and we couldn't get back in the game from that point.”
His predecessor, Eoin Morgan, was watching from the Sky commentary pod just beyond the boundary as Buttler was bowled through the gate from the third ball of the England innings by swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Jason Roy played one of the worst ever England T20 innings, stumbling around for four off 16 balls, a strike rate of 25, as the India’s bowlers hit the seam and swung the new ball at pace on a quick pitch and England had no answer.
India were led by the superb Hardik Pandya, who bowled with pace and skill for his best T20 figures of four for 33, after earlier top scoring for India with 51 off 33 balls. It is not going to get any easier for England either, with India set to welcome back Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant for Saturday's game at Edgbaston.
Chasing 199 to win, England’s hopes were all but over in the powerplay as they slumped to 32 for three, India swinging the ball far more than England in the early overs - 2.2 degrees, compared with 1.3.
A partnership of 61 from 36 balls for the fifth wicket between Harry Brook and Moeen Ali briefly rallied England but they departed in a match-clinching 13th over bowled by leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
Brook proved why England were so tempted to play him in the Test series with some fine strokes and good timing, including a superb six flat batted over mid on off Pandya, before holing out to deep midwicket, while Moeen was at his fluent best, especially against spin.
Neither built on their starts to make the big innings England needed to keep hopes alive. Brook went back in his crease and pulled Chahal to deep midwicket and four balls later Moeen, one delivery after cutting a fine four, was stumped for 36 off 20 balls.
Buttler felt his side never recovered from their horror start in reply to India’s 198 for eight. They were 27 for two when Pandya, with his second ball, bowled Dawid Malan off an inside edge. He was one of a number of batsmen who appeared to struggle with the shadows across the pitch, and four balls later was followed by Liam Livingstone, caught behind trying to flick Pandya over the keeper.
Roy cut a frustrated figure and whipped his gloves off angrily and shook his head after he was caught off a thick edge at third man.
England’s start was in sharp contrast to India, who flayed the new ball around for 66 in the powerplay despite Moeen striking twice as Buttler gambled and bought wickets with his off spinner.
Chris Jordan became England’s leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 internationals with two for 23, moving past Adil Rashid on the list with 82 dismissals. Jordan proved to be England’s partnership breaker, varying his length and pace to remove Deepak Hooda and Suryakumar Yadav at crucial points as England stalled India’s momentum in the middle overs.
The in-form Hooda, fresh off a hundred in Malahide against Ireland, lofted Moeen for six and tucked into Matt Parkinson, playing in place of Rashid and who recovered well from a mauling in his first two overs.
Buttler brought back Jordan and his slower ball deceived Hooda and three overs later he banged the ball in quicker and Yadav was caught off the glove attempting to pull.
Pandya slotted Tymal Mills for six over midwicket and Livingstone’s only over went for 15 but Axar Patel struggled to connect and clogged up the India innings.
Pandya cut Reece Topley to point as England bowled well at the death conceding only 20 off the final three overs but it was an ominous sign. The pitch appeared to quicken under the lights and India’s pace bowlers topped anything England’s could manage to win the game with the new ball.
England vs India, first T20 as it happened
It was a great performance from ball one.
There was an intent shown from all the batters although the pitch was really good so you could back your shots.
At no point did we feel we were getting ahead of ourselves, we played cricketing shots.
We've spoken about our approach - sometimes it comes off, sometimes it doesn't. That's what this sport is, that's what makes it challenging. It's something we have spoken about, and all the players need to buy into it.
Jos Buttler speaks
We were outplayed today. India bowled fantastically well, we couldn't get back.
Thought we came back well with the ball in the second half. They were a little bit above par, but their ball swung quite consistently early on and got wickets. Chris Jordan to come away with figures like that - he did fantastically well.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar can swing it on most places. It swung more than usual.
India win by 50 runs
India have outbatted and outbowled England at the Ageas Bowl, teeing off in their batting Powerplay before Hardik Pandya played magnificently to make 51 off 33 deliveries. As soon as India's seamers got the ball in their hands they made it swing, dismissing the two biggest threats, Buttler and Livingstone, for ducks, messing with Roy's timing and setting it up for the spinners to turn the screw when Moeen and Harry Brook tried to extend their counter-attack.
What a fabulous return to England this was for Hardik - four for 33 and 51.
Parkinson c Hooda b Singh 0 Squirted a drive, backing away, to point. FOW 148/9
India win by 50 runs.
OVER 19: ENG 146/9 (Jordan 25 Parkinson 0) chasing 199
Jordan smashes the low full toss that Harshal had intended to be a yorker through mid-off for four and then is hurried up by a bouncer yet still manages to top edge it for six. Jordan can bat. But England were too far back when he came in for him to have a chance.
OVER 18: ENG 135/9 (Jordan 14 Parkinson 0) chasing 199
Arshdeep deserved his reward, using slower balls and yorkers judiciously, aided by prodigious early swing. .
Topley c Karthik b Arshdeep 9 Maiden international wicket for Arshdeep Singh. The tail cannot get hold of the slow bouncers and once again it works wonders by playing havoc with his timing until he is through the shot too soon and top edges it through to the keeper. FOW 135/9
OVER 17: ENG 130/8 (Jordan 13 Topley 6) chasing 199
Pandya is allowed a fourth over because he has four wickets even though they would like to wrap him in cotton wool. Jordan hacks across the line for two to midwicket then, backing away, squirts a single to cover. Topley alos backs away which makes his drive take the edge and sail over the slips for four that you would not want to hang on a gallery wall.
Pandya ends his stint with 4-0-33-4. You could hang that at Musee d'Orsay.
OVER 16: ENG 120/8 (Jordan 9 Topley 0) chasing 199
Rohit calls back Harshal and Jordan swivels into a pull, top edging it over the keeper for four. The bowler's use of the slower ball and fuller ones keep numbers eight and nine quiet until Harshal sends Mills on his way with a deft confidence trick.
Mills c&b Harshal 7 Slower ball bouncer he tried to uppercut but had to wait so long for it to arrive he could only pat it back to the bowler. FOW 120/8
OVER 15: ENG 115/7 (Jordan 4 Mills 7) chasing 199
Mills carts Chahal for six but after playing out two dot balls he really should have been heading back to the hutch but Hooda drops a goober at midwicket. Poor Chahal, he tempted him with flight and drip.
OVER 14: ENG 106/7 (Jordan 2 Mills 0) chasing 199
Dinesh Karthik puts down Jordan off Pandya diving to his right. Pandya is bowling like the wind. Curran pulls the short ball for two over midwicket then drags another off the bottom edge down to long on. Pandya keeps testing him on it, tightening his line and bagging his fourth wicket in this man of the match performance.
Curran c Karthik b Pandya 4 Saw Curran walking across and followed him with a bouncer that tied up his arms so close to his body that he could only flap it off the splice over his head. Easy catch for Karthik who, after three drops, celebrates, knowingly, with rather more exuberance than the difficulty warranted. FOW 107/7
OVER 13: ENG 101/6 (Curran 0 Jordan 1) chasing 199
Chahal ends the partnership at 61 off 36 balls by luring Brook on to the rocks with a loopy legswinger that he swiped down to long-on. Moeen carves a cut for four but is expertly gulled by Chahal two balls later. The gig is up, one would hazard.
Moeen st Karthik b Moeen 36 Perhaps he saw him coming but even if he didn't he fired it in flatter, almost yorked Moeen and, although DK fumbled it, he grabbed it at the second attempt and demolished the timbers. FOW 100/6
Brook c Yadav b Chahal 28 Yadav makes amends for his drop with a fine catch at long-on. FOW 95/4
OVER 12: ENG 94/4 (Brook 28 Moeen 30) chasing 199
Moeen wants to take on Axar but can't line him up because of the variations and has to settle for singles off drags and scuffs until he earns another flukey boundary off the bottom edge when charging the left-arm spinner. He was aiming for cow corner and the ball squirted down to very fine leg.
Finally, he nails one and sends it for a soaring six over deep midwicket.
OVER 11: ENG 80/4 (Brook 26 Moeen 19) chasing 199
After a break for a drink, Moeen mows across the line at Chahal and earns a jammy boundary off the bottom edge before exchanging singles with Brook, who uses his reverse sweep.
Chahal tosses the last ball wider and slower, Moeen cuts and slaps it very hard to Yadav at cover who drops a difficult chance because he didn't seem to see it.
OVER 10: ENG 72/4 (Brook 25 Moeen 13) chasing 199
Time for the left-arm spin of Axar Patel who tortured England in Ahmedabad last year. Brook dances down again and smites a square drive for four. Patel bowls flatter and quicker then slower and with more flight, changing it up to mess with the batsmen's lines and timing, conceding only four singles and another scrambled off a wide after Brook's bludgeon.
OVER 9: ENG 62/4 (Brook 18 Moeen 12) chasing 199
Time for spin and Chahal, who has added pace to his spinner's armoury. That line about Moeen's lofted cover drive, the same could be said for his sweep when he drops to one knee and caresses it for six over deep backward square. He cannot connect so sweetly with his next effort, though, and drags the paddle for a single. Brook has a swing and a miss, pops on his best Pontefract clogs, and comes down the track to biff a single down to long-off.
OVER 8: ENG 54/4 (Brook 16 Moeen 5) chasing 199
No greater sight on an English cricket field than Moeen playing a lofted cover drive, which he unravels to greet Harshal Patel's first ball, creaming it for four.
Moeen graciously refuses to let Brook come back for a buzzer when the throw hits Moeen as he made his ground at the non-striker's.
Karthik drops a swirler running back 20 yards when Brook uppercuts a ball that was too close to him. It's seat of the pants stuff by England. India are bowling beautifully.
OVER 7: ENG 45/4 (Brook 13 Moeen 0) chasing 199
Pandya is breaching 90mph and Brook uses the pace to play a shot like his Yorkshire team-mate Joe Root, slapping a dab down through third man for four. The next ball is shorter and wider and he Brook carts it, planting his feet to forma stable base and swinging like a baseball drive to right field for six!
Roy c Harshal b Pandya 4 His purgatory is over after 16 balls. It could not have been an uglier knock from the opener or an uglier demise, slicing a drive down to third man who takes it in front of his chest. Roy was aiming for extra-cover. He shakes his head as he troops off. FOW 33/4
OVER 6: ENG 32/3 (Roy 4 Brook 1) chasing 199
Back comes Bhuvi for a third over and England can't read the swing at all. Roy is done by the inswinger but takes the leg-bye, Brook fiddles at an inducker and feathers an edge through to the keeper who can't cling on low to his left. Roy tries to drive but the ball moves away late from the middle of the bat and he just squirts it for a single and Brook ends the over clumped on the pad by a ball heading down.
OVER 5: ENG 29/3 (Roy 3 Brook 0) chasing 199
Malan starts by cutting the new bowler, Hardik Pandya, for a screeching four but India's gun all-rounder goes tighter and fuller, catching Malan on the crease and breaching the gate, via the fence post.
Livingstone comes in and charges Pandya. He is struck in the solar plexus and, winded, probably, limps a single.
Pandya is not holding back after his back injury, bowling at an impressive lick. Roy flaps a pull for a single but Livingstone is not so lucky, chipping a catch while trying to scoop.
Livingstone c Karthik b Pandya 0 England's two biggest hitters both fall for ducks. Livingstone jumped into a chest on stance to scoop and flicked it off the glove to the keeper who took it in his bootstraps. FOW 29/3
Malan b Pandya 21 No foot movement - there rarely is when playing orthodox strokes - and he chops the nip-backer on to off and middle. FOW 27/1
OVER 4: ENG 23/1 (Roy 2 Malan 17) chasing 199
Malan walks across his stumps, inviting Arshdeep to bowl straighter, and top edges a hoick across the line over midwicket for two. It was in the air for a long time but a safe shot during the Powerplay. Arshdeep responds to the left-hander's movement by banging in a bumper that fizzes past his Adam's apple but the left-hander waits for one that isn't quite as short and pulls it hard for four. Fine shot. Arshdeep goes wider and Malan butchers a cut for four more.
OVER 3: ENG 11/1 (Roy 2 Malan 6) chasing 199
Dawid Malan, who divides critics in the white-ball game as much as a pre 2022 Jonny Bairstow did in red-ball cricket, plays a glorious midwicket clip for four, sweetly timed, before burgling three singles with his partner to end Bhuvi's second over.
Buttler is OUT without scoring! 😬
The newly-appointed skipper has gone for a first-ball duck! 🦆 pic.twitter.com/Bd7PmdEr4a
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) July 7, 2022
OVER 2: ENG 5/1 (Roy 1 Malan 0) chasing 199
Arshdeep, on debut, shares new ball duties. Big swing for the Sikh left-armer, who gets the ball to veer in to Roy. The opener is trying to smash the shine off to stop it moving about so menacingly and gives them the charge but is well beaten.
Arshdeep pitches up, looking for leg-before, Roy defends to cover, all hands no feet, then runs a couple of leg-byes when tucked up.
A big swing and a miss outside off from Roy is followed by the hooping inswinger that turns into a sandshoe crusher as it arcs on to Roy's metatarsals He gives the debutant bowler a nod of respect.
OVER 1: ENG 3/1 (Roy 1 Malan 0) chasing 199
Bhuvi has the new ball and immediately imparts swing and seam movement off what had, hitherto, seemed like a belter of a pitch.
He square Roy up a couple of times, has him fishing and Roy is grateful to get away when Kumar goes wider and he cuffs a single to midwicket. Malan faces the final ball of the over and canters a couple of leg-byes when led a merry old hop by the nip-backer as he tried to cut.
Buttler b Kumar 0 Departs for a golden duck to the inswinger. My word he has bowled beautifully this over, shaping it both ways. FOW 1/1
Out come England's openers
England have successfully chased 199 or more on three occasions, twice against South Africa, once against Pakistan,
Change of innings
England need 199 to win. Chris Jordan led the way with the ball, bowling with the old zip and nous but there were good late contributions, too, from Reece Topley and Tymal Mills while it was good to see Jos Buttler backing Matt Parkinson and the leg-spinner holding his nerve to take the wicket he deserved,
Hardik batted magnificently but he is disappointed that India did not crack 200. They still have a problem with late-order runs.
OVER 20: IND 198/8 (Bhuvneshwar 1 Arshdeep 2)
Mills has the dubious honour of the last over and DK climbs into the first two, clumping the first between the bowler and mid-off for four and the second, a stand-and-deliver flat-bat thwack through long-off.
But Mills has the last laugh, bagging two wickets with his slower balls and conceding only three off the final two balls.
Harshal run out 3 Mills's slower ball bags another. Harshal can't connect. He tried to send the non-striker back but he kept coming. Buttler took off his glove and threw the stumps down from 20 yards. No! Wait! No! Yes! FOW 195/7
Karthik c Curran b Mills 11 Having been biffed for successive fours down the ground, Mills goes for the slow, wider bouncer from round the wicket and DK slashes/slices a cut. Curran takes an excellent, running, diving catch from point. FOW 195/6
OVER 19: IND 187/6 (Karthik 3 Harshal 3)
Chris Jordan continues his return to form by hitting back of a length at full pace. Karthik squeezes a single to point and after three swings and misses from Harshal Patel, Buttler lets Karthik come back on strike by needlessly shying at the stumps, allowing the to trot through for a bye as it rebounds into the onside.
Karthik shovels a single off his hip. Buttler atones with a good stop as it could easily have raced away for four and Harshal swats the final ball to cow corner for two, not timing it with any precision.
Jordan ends with 4-0-23-2.
OVER 18: IND 182/6 (Karthik 1 Harshal 1)
Great comeback from Topley who uses the angle and variations in pace to dismiss the danger man and concede only three runs off the bat and one off the pad.
Pandya c Brook b Topley 51 Pushed it wider as Hardix advanced and he sliced his drive down to the point sweeper. FOW 180/6
OVER 17: IND 178/5 (Pandya 50 Karthik 0)
You have to admire Parkinson's nerve as well as his guile and craft. Takes some testicular fortitude to keep tossing it up when they're charging you armed with railway sleepers. He bamboozles both with dip and drift and after Axar shovels the low full toss for four round the corner, Parkinson watches his feet like a hawk and adjusts quickly to snaffle his wicket.
They crossed when the ball was in the air and Pandya smashes the next ball over mid-off for six, followed by a more orthodox drive for a single which takes him to fifty off 30 balls.
Axar c Roy b Parkinson 17 Saw his feet advancing, pushed the leg-break wide and Axar had to fetch it on the drive, losing his bottom hand as he swung hard, popping it up to cover. FOW 171/5
OVER 16: IND 165/4 (Pandya 42 Axar 13)
This has been very impressive by Jordan after recent maulings, mixing up his length and pace. India glean only a single from the first three and a wide. Wrote too soon - Axar pulls for four but he didn't get hold of it, the ball coming off the top edge but he got enough of it to cloth it over midwicket and it trickles away for four. Jordan goes for full ratpower with the cross-seamer and smashes Hardik on the gloves. They still run a single, which wouldn't have been possible had he been wearing the green rubber spike protection of the U9s school cricket bag.
OVER 15: IND 157/4 (Pandya 40 Axar 8)
Parkinson beats Pandya comprehensively on the inside edge with the googly as he danced down but Buttler misses the legside stumping and they run a bye. Credit to Parkinson for holding his nerve, tossing it up and getting it to grip and rip. Nonetheless, no boundaries off the over, which is a triumph at this stage of the innings.
Loving this approach from India. They have realised quickly this is probably a 200+ track. Might need a deeper batting line-up for this style but this has worked in the first 10
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 7, 2022
OVER 14: IND 150/4 (Pandya 35 Axar 7)
Sam Curran returns and is bowling short, banging it into the pitch to make them hit to the longest boundaries. A four ruins the run of five singles when Hardik, who has truly come of age in the past 18 months, skelps a back-foot drive through point.
OVER 13: IND 141/4 (Pandya 28 Axar 5)
Bowling change: Livingstone replaces Mills. He starts too short and Pandya fillets the crust off the pie with a thumping square cut. Old Bertie Bassett tries the off-break next, a rare foray for it, against the right-hander and Hardik picks it, nailing the drive through long-on for four more.
Better go back to leg-spin, which he does, and Hardik stabs a single to point. Now he has the left-hander on strike, tosses up the off-break and Axar hits it with the turn through cover for four. Not that there was much turn.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 7, 2022
OVER 12: IND 126/4 (Pandya 18 Axar 0 )
Yadav plays an extraordinary shot, walking across his stumps to a short one and cuffing it for four. It's more of a scoop than a pull or a pick-up. England don't want to bowl full to him given the short straight boundaries but try it while attempting to mix it up and he drives through mid-on for a single. Hardik goes on the charge and slices a single behind point off a thick edge.
Jordan bangs it in and wrests back the initiative with a very good bouncer, tight to the body and climbing over the helmet badge, breaking the partnership and becoming England's most successful T20 bowler in the process.
Yadav c Buttler b Jordan 39 It kissed the glove! FOW 126/4
Yadav c Buttler b Jordan Late on a pull but think it was more helmet than bat.
OVER 11: IND 120/3 (Yadav 34 Pandya 17)
After a short break, Buttler brings back his quickest bowler, Mills, who resumes with a wide. He slants the next one across but Pandya can reach this one and he smears a cut over point for four. Mills comes round the wicket, looks for the yorker but does not land it and Pandya opens the face to stab it fine of point for two.
Mills' average pace seems down on last season and he seems to be struggling for rhythm. He sprays one on to Yadav's pads from round the wicket and the batsman juts flicks it off his hips for six! Bad ball, good shot.
England are taking a pasting here. So Buttler reverts to Jordan.
OVER 10: IND 105/3 (Yadav 27 Pandya 10)
You can't bowl there to Pandya. Parkinson bowls 'too slow, too wide and too full' in the words of Kevin Pietersen. Hardik murders both for four through the offside with a warp-speed swing of the bat. There are a pair of wides as Parkinson over-corrects on line. Good job Buttler knows him well from Lancashire and believes in him, though it takes some time to keep reassuring your bowlers when you keep wicket. Hardik P flicks a single off his toes and Yadav ends the over with a square drive that point gets a hand on but cannot stop. They run two.
OVER 9: IND 91/3 (Yadav 24 Pandya 1)
England turn to their most experienced white-ball bowler, Chris Jordan, whose form and economy rate has fallen off a cliff this past year. Big boundaries square of the wicket, which is why Jordan is banging it in and giving neither right-hander the room to free his arms and slash it. They take three singles down to very fine third man before Jordan gets a 69mph slower ball to stick in the pitch by ragging his fingers across the seam.
That wicket puts Jordan level with Adil Rashid on 81 T20I wickets.
This is so much better from the Indian batters .. Been too timid for too long in T20 cricket .. they have the talent & games to attack all attacks .. #ENGvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 7, 2022
Hooda c Mills b Jordan 33 Clever bowling, using a slow off-cutter to mess with Hooda's timing. He has played the pick up shot rather than the pull largely and he goes for it again but it comes on late and he just pops it round the corner off the splice. Good catch. FOW 89/3
OVER 8: IND 86/2 (Hooda 32 Yadav 21)
Time for Parkinson who gamely tosses the ball up but loses his line, allowing Yadav to drive two fours witheringly in the arc between cover point and extra.
OVER 7: IND 75/2 (Hooda 31 Yadav 11)
Mills replaces Moeen who beats Yadav twice, either side of a steepling six that he just flick-pulled off his hip over long leg. Yadav top edges a short-arm pull but the ball lands between Buttler running back and Topley running in and they run a single. Mills tries wide yorker and slower ball to keep Hooda quiet, which they do but could have been quieter but for a rare misfield from Chris Jordan that turns a tight single into two.
In 2022, Tymal Mills' average bowling impact has been -5.5
That is his second lowest for any calendar year, behind -5.8 in 2018. The left-arm quick has conceded runs at 9.8 rpo this year - his most expensive year to date. #ENGvIND
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) July 7, 2022
OVER 6: IND 66/2 (Hooda 29 Yadav 4)
Another over for Topley to Hooda who is in the side to throw the bat. And he does, pulling for four, splicing another pull for two and cleaving the next ball over point for four. It did flirt with the fielder but wold have taken his hand off had he been able to reach it.
Topley tries a short ball but drops too short, going for a Sidebottom special. Hooda flashes at it and deliberately edges it over the slips for four.
OVER 5: IND 50/2 (Hooda 13 Yadav 4)
Deepak Hooda starts in some style with a pair of enormous sixes to midwicket, both making Atherton and Morgan duck in the commentary pod. Hooda is less certain with the arm ball, fired down outside off, and he defends one then clips a single to midwicket.
Ishan goes down off the next ball and Yadav ends the over with a very elegant sweep for four. Moeen is costly but te last column is all that counts in the Powerplay: 2-0-26-2
Ishan c Parkinson b Moeen 8 Another wicket for Moeen, this one off a sweep, top-edged. Parkinson runs from short fine leg to his left to pouch it off the left-hander. FOW 46/2
OVER 4: IND 33/1 (Kishan 8 Hooda 0)
Topley continues and beats Ishan with some swing away to the left-hander. The next ball is short and Ishan flicks it off his hip with great timing. Brook sprints from deep backward square about 50 yards to smack it back with his palm as he raced around the rope, saving two.
Topley, like Jack Jones, thinks Ishan won't like it up 'im, drops short again and he top-edges a pull that sails over Parkinson. Brook makes the stop on the deep backward square boundary and they run two more. The evidence persuades Topley to go short again and this one is better directed and vicious, smacking him so hard in the ribs the physio has to come on with his magic spray.
OVER 3: IND 29/1 (Kishan 4 Hooda 0)
The left-hander Ishan is going to be tested by Moeen's off-breaks. The batsman shuffles on to the back foot to pull a single, giving the right-hander a chance to play with the turn. He slog sweeps a pair of fours but Moeen has set him up perfectly for the darted arm ball and bags him.
Rohit c Buttler b Moeen 24 After being slog swept off the previous two balls, Moeen pushes one through quicker outside off and it drifts away. Rohit feathers and edge and Buttler takes a smart catch. FOW 29/1
OVER 2: IND 20/0 (Sharma 16 Kishan 3)
All left-arm with the new ball(s). Topley starts with a wide down the legside. Some swing but only gentle stuff and Rohit works the inswinger off his pads very fine for four. What poise and balance.
Topley slants the next one across and Rohit carves it for four more. Neither full enough or short enough to threaten the edge.
Half an appeal from Topley when Rohit plays around an attempted leg glance and the ball pins him on the shin. But it must have pitched outside on that angle. Topley keeps striding in. Curious haircut, touch of the Bob Cunis's about it, with shaved sides and a mulletish rear.
Rohit works two through midwicket off the last ball, hustling the second by placing it wide of Moeen and making him chase it down for 30 yards.
OVER 1: IND 9/0 (Sharma 6 Kishan 3)
Mike Atherton seems to have taken Bumble's role in the T20 comms team on Sky. Rohit begins by pushing a single behind point and Kishan presses the next, an inswinger, square.
Rohit leaves one then charges Curran, bludgeoning an off drive that Jordan dives to parry at mid-off but it was far too powerful to stop and the ball careers off his finger tips for four. Rohit takes another single through point and Ishan ends the over with a flick off his toes behind square for two. Good start by India.
The teams are out
And Sam Curran, newly peroxided, or perhaps newly re-peroxided, has the new ball.
England Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (capt and wk), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Tymal mills, Reece Topley, Matt Parkinson.
India Rohit Sharma (capt), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh.
Harry Brook is in the XI
Phil Salt, David Willey and Richard Gleeson miss out.
India have won the toss
And will bat first.
Some early team news
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 7, 2022
Kings XI Punjab left-arm quick makes his debut. Why has there been such a proliferation of white-ball, left-armers? Obviously their effectiveness has been a factor but there isn't a factory. Has there always been a surplus of supply but limited demand?
The weather is set fair
Temperatures are forecast to fall only from 21C to 19C over the course of the match and there is only a hedging <5% chance of rain.
Jos Buttler on his style of captaincy
My messaging so far has been very similar to how it’s been for the last six or seven years.
I think there’s a number of us who have been part of that group for a long time, as senior players, and have always been able to voice an opinion. I’ve spent a long time as Eoin’s vice captain and sharing ideas and talking about the game, and we see it in a very similar way. So my messaging for this team is very consistent with that. Try and be clear and communicate that I’ll always want us to take that positive and aggressive option when we can.
I don’t want us to fear losing, and I think that’s been something that’s been set in stone for a number of years. So there’s not necessarily massive change.
And welcome to coverage of the first of a three-match Twenty20 series between England and India, starting tonight at the Ageas Bowl. It's a new era for England's white-ball teams after the retirement of Eoin Morgan. Jos Buttler has stood in as captain five times before in this format, winning three and losing two, but this is the first match of a long-term spell, which will take in the World T20 in Australia this October, next year's World Cup in India and, if he is successful and wants to carry on, another World T20 in the Caribbean and United States scheduled for June 2024.
England's multi-format players - Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes - have been given the series off but will play in the three 50-over matches, while England's best T20 bowler, Adil Rashid, has been given leave by the England and Wales Cricket Board to miss both series to make his Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
There are opportunities in those absences for Phil Salt and Harry Brook to stake a claim for Morgan's batting slot, Matt Parkinson to offer Rashid competition and Richard Gleeson to force his way into the side as a right-arm seamer given England's recent obsession with left-arm quicks in limited-overs games. Gleeson, the latest of late developers at the age of 34, might not get his chance in Southampton with Chris Jordan likely to continue alongside the three lefties - Tymal Mills, Sam Curran and Reece Topley.
Rohit Sharma has recovered from Covid and will lead India from the top of the order, with a team of IPL 'rock stars' at his disposal including Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav and Dinesh Karthik. There are no Test players, bar Rohit who had to sit out the fifth Test, in the matchday squad and there might be no place tonight for the lightning fast Umran Malik but he, like Gleeson, should get his chance at the weekend, either at Edgbaston on Saturday or 24 hours later at Trent Bridge. And speaking of Edgbaston:
Amazing week on the pitch but really disappointed to hear reports of racist abuse at Edgbaston. Absolutely no place for it in the game. Hope all the fans at the white-ball series have a brilliant time and create a party atmosphere. That's what cricket's about!!
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) July 7, 2022
England have won five of their last six T20s at the Rose Bowl, having lost all six tosses. Morgan was always keen to chase, an attitude that has rubbed off on Stokes. But since the end of 2014, when Morgan succeeded Stuart Broad as T20 captain, they have won 19 of 32 matches when they batted first, 24 of 39 when chasing, winning ratios of 59 per cent and 61 per cent respectively.
Dew should not be a deciding factor in Australia in October and November, late spring Down Under, nor here in July but giving a relatively inexperienced bowling attack practice at defending a total might prove invaluable in the competition, given it was their undoing in the final in 2016 and semi- last year.