Eoin Morgan revealed that he wanted to trouble India with pace attack.
England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to field first in the first T20 International at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday. Their plan to dismantle India’s batting line up with their pace attackwas successful.
Both Jofra Archer (3/23) and Mark Wood (1/20) troubled the host by conceding just 43 runs in eight overs claiming four wickets between them. And India were restricted to only 124/7 in their 20 overs. While Shreyas Iyer was the only bright spot for India, it was an easy chase for England as they won the game by eight wickets.
“That (to go with express pace) was certainly the intention. Jofra’s strength is that he can bowl really fast among others but certainly Mark Wood’s super strength is that he can bowl super fast. It is hard to do all the time but when he bowls like tonight it is very good entertainment,” said England captain Eoin Morgan after the match.
“The plans were very basic — to bowl on a length and straight” – Eoin Morgan
“The wicket was as expected. The plans were very basic — to bowl on a length and straight. Couldn’t ask for more from the bowlers… He (Archer) is excellent. Like our batting unit, our bowling unit has competition for places,” further added Morgan.
The left-handed middle-order batsman, who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) has shared that competition within the England side works well for the team.
“There is a huge amount of competition within the side and it is a huge boost for anyone scoring runs. When Jason (Roy) scores runs and does well, it is a good sign,” concluded Eoin Morgan.
Meanwhile, opener Jason Roy, who scored a well-made 49, cited, “Happy to start with a win. I’ll take 49 and a comfortable victory for the team any day. The way we fielded was pleasing… batting against Adil Rashid in the nets helped me. You learn every time you play a game, with the number of games we’re playing, it should help me.”
Both India and England will play the second T20I at the same venue on Sunday, March 14.