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Morgan’s 51 helps England
overhaul India in 1st T20
KANPUR, India — Eoin Morgan
scored 51 as England chased down
India with relative ease to win their
first Twenty20 by seven wickets
Joe Root was a run-a-ball 46 not out
as England made 148-3 to eclipse In-
dia’s 147-7 with 11 balls to spare.
The second of three T20s is on Sun-
day in Nagpur.
Jason Roy (19) and Sam Billings (22)
provided an explosive start for Eng-
land, putting on 42 off 20 balls.
Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2-27)
bowled both openers in the space of
five balls in the fourth over. But that
brought together Morgan and Root,
who put on 83 runs off 69 balls for
the third wicket, and effectively bat-
ted India out of the game.
India captain Virat Kohli lamented
the lack of a defendable target, and
highlighted Chahal’s performance as
the biggest gain from the loss.
“Credit to their bowlers who used
the pace and bounce of a fresh pitch
well,” Kohli said.
England’s 50 came up in the sev-
enth over, and it crossed 100 in the
Morgan’s eighth T20 half-century
came off 37 balls. He was caught in the
deep off Parvez Rasool (1-32). In all,
he hit four sixes and one four.
Earlier, India’s total received a late
burst from Mahendra Singh Dhoni (36
not out). Suresh Raina was next high-
est with 34, but India was generally
kept in check.
Raina, returning to the international
fold for the first time since the 2016
World Twenty20, kept the innings
together. He hit four fours and a six
in his 23-ball stay, but was bowled by
Ben Stokes (1-37) in the 13th over just
as he looked to press on.
India’s 50 came up in the seventh
over, like England, but Moeen Ali (2-21)
made the big breakthrough when Kohli
hit straight to Morgan at midwicket.
At the halfway stage India was 75-2,
but lost regular wickets thereafter and
finished with a sub-par total.
Dhoni fought to the end, and gave
his side something to bowl at. In all, he
faced 27 balls, and hit three fours. (AP)
Pakistan by 57 runs
ADELAIDE, Australia — Ca-
reer-best centuries by David
Warner and Travis Head in an
explosive opening partnership
of 284 launched Australia to a
57-run win over Pakistan in the
fifth and final one-day inter-
Australia won the series 4-1.
The match also brought a mer-
ciless end to a woeful tour by Paki-
stan, which won just the one ODI
and lost the test series 3-0.
Warner’s abundant summer of
runs continued with 179 in a record
stand with maiden century-mak-
er Head, who hit 128 to propel the
home team to 369-7 after captain
Steve Smith won his fifth succes-
sive toss in the series and opted to
bat on Australia Day.
Pakistan always lagged behind
in the run-chase, and was bowled
out for 312 in 49.1 overs despite
Babar Azam (100) and opening
batsman Sharjeel Khan’s (79)
century partnership for the sec-
ond wicket. Umar Akmal’s late on-
slaught of 46 off 40 balls couldn’t
challenge Australia’s dominant
bowling, led by Mitchell Starc,
who finished with 4-42 and also
plucked a smart two-handed low
catch at third man.
Earlier, Warner achieved his
highest ODI score in the best
opening stand for Australia in ODI
history, and the best by any team
against Pakistan. The 284 was just
two runs short of the best by any
opening pair in the history of ODIs.
Head batted mostly in Warner’s
shadow, and his steady progress to
a maiden century was eclipsed by
his partner’s 13th ODI century, his
sixth of the season, and his second
in the series.
Head, playing his 19th ODI, was
promoted to open when Usman
Khawaja was omitted.
Warner dashed to his century
from only 78 balls, and to his 150
from 107 deliveries.
Warner’s score of 179 was the
third highest by an Australian in
ODIs, surpassing his own previous
best of 178 against Afghanistan in
the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Only
Matthew Hayden (181 not out) and
Shane Watson (185 not out) have
scored more. (AP)
England’s captain Eoin Morgan hits a six during their first Twenty20 cricket
match against India at Green Park stadium in Kanpur, India, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Australia 369-7 in 50 overs
(David Warner 179, Travis Head
128; Junaid Khan 2-61, Hasan
Ali 2-100), def. Pakistan 312 in
49.1 overs (Babar Azam 100,
Sharjeel Khan 79; Mitchell Starc
4-42) by 57 runs
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