KL Rahul failed to make a difference with the bat in the Opening T20I of the five match series between India & England but the Indian star batsman displayed a spectacular effort to deny Jos Buttler six during England’s chase.
Though England clinched a massive 8 wickets win in the first T20I against India at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, fans took to twitter to praise KL Rahul’s sensational fielding at the boundary ropes. In the fourth over of England’s chase, Jos Buttler came down the track to Axar Patel & lofted him over his head but didn’t get all of it, Rahul who was placed in the deep dived backwards caught the ball & before hitting the ground he threw the ball back into the field to ensure that England can score just two runs instead of a six.
Fans praised KL Rahul’s brilliant fielding stint on twitter. One fan said, ‘’Wow…. Excellent fielding by KL Rahul’’. While another fan wrote, “KL Rahul amazing fielding’’. The match belonged to the visitors as England easily chased the average target of 125 runs in just 15.3 overs to take a 1-0 lead in five match T20I series. Initially England, won the toss & opted to field first.
Jofra Archer strike in the second over of th match as Rahul dragged a wildish delivery back onto his stumps. India Captain Virat Kohli got out on the next over to Adil Rashid, giving an easy catch to Chris Jordan at mid-off. Things got worse as Shikhar Dhawan got out off Mark Wood delivery to leave India struggling at 20 for three wickets down in five overs. Shreyas Iyer scored a fine half-century but India could not overcome England’s bowling & were restricted to 124 for seven wickets down in 20 overs.
Jason Roy & Jos Buttler got the visitors to a fast start. Buttler got out on 28 runs off Yuzvendra Chahal’s delivery while Roy was dismissed by Washington Sundar for 49 runs but it was already late for the hosts to make a comeback in the game as the visitors have almost achieve the target. Dawid Malan & Jonny Bairstow made sure that England didn’t lose more wickets as they chase the target with 4.3 overs still remaining.