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OPINION: England vs India: Woeful Batting Undermines Recent Successes'

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Following a promising few weeks for English cricket across the board, the players have returned to their usual selves.

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The English cricket team could not make it a successful night for English sport across the board, with them faltering against an impressive Indian team in the first T20 in a three-match series.

It has been a joyous couple of weeks for the England XI, completing a historic 5-0 whitewash victory over Australia and a crushing victory in a one of T20, yet their matchup with India showed why the hype may not be entirely justified.

Ultimately England were outclassed across all areas of the game, sloppy fielding, soft dismissals, and questionable batting meant that they slumped to an 8 wicket defeat. 

India were able to chase a below par 159 in only 18.2 overs with  Kannanur Lokesh Rahul staring with the bat scoring an unbeaten 101* off only 54 balls. In his innings, he showed great timing scoring five sixes in only his second T20 international century. Yet it was not all plain sailing for Rahul who was dropped on 17 by Jason Roy and then again on 37 by Chris Jordan.

England's bowlers were largely ineffective on a dry flat Old Trafford pitch. Moeen Ali was particularly targeted by the Indian middle order conceding 37 runs off only 14 balls, leading to some onlookers calling for him to be dropped completely from the England setup.

There were very few positives in the performance, however, Jos Buttler continued his fine vein of form scoring 69 runs before being dismissed by Kuldeep Yadav, who ended the innings with 5-24. It is a shame that he was not well supported by the rest of the order with Hales, Morgan, Bairstow, and Root all falling cheaply. Bairstow and Root were particularly poor falling in identical fashion being stumped by Dhoni for 1st ball ducks.

One thing is for sure if England want to challenge India, who are regarded as the most complete white ball team in the world they need to drastically improve.

 

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