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England restrict India to 124-7 in first T20 despite Iyer's 67

England players celebrate a wicket. (ICC Twitter)
England players celebrate a wicket. (ICC Twitter)

Ahmedabad - Archer claimed 3-23 including a maiden in his four overs



By AFP

Published: Fri 12 Mar 2021, 7:29 PM

Last updated: Fri 12 Mar 2021, 7:42 PM

Fast bowler Jofra Archer claimed three wickets as England restricted India to 124 for seven despite a fighting 67 from Shreyas Iyer in the first Twenty20 International on Friday.

Archer claimed 3-23 including a maiden in his four overs, after captain Eoin Morgan elected to bowl at the start of the five-match series at the world’s biggest stadium Ahmedabad.

India slipped to 48-4 with skipper Virat Kohli out for nought off leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

At the start of the fightback, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant reverse hit Archer for a six behind the stumps, but he fell to Ben Stokes for 21.

Iyer scored his third T20 fifty and put on 54 for the fifth wicket with Hardik Pandya, who smashed 19, to boost the Indian total.

Archer broke the partnership with Pandya’s wicket and then took Shardul Thakur with his next ball.


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