But the actual explosiveness came from England’s fast bowlers on Friday. They pounded the Motera pitch hard and the freedom the Indian batters craved was nowhere to be found.
Jofra Archer (3/23) and Mark Wood (1/20) bowled thunderbolts at 150kph, beating the batsmen and making them jump at the crease. Chris Jordan was an able ally, bowling the heavy ball.
Eoin Morgan’s captaincy too was nothing short of outstanding. Wherever and whichever direction the Indian batsmen hit the ball, there was a fielder either to save runs or take a catch.
England’s on-field brilliance meant India managed to put up just 124/7 on the board. The mediocre target hardly posed a challenge for the English batsmen as they romped home to win by eight wickets with nearly five overs to spare.
Jason Roy (49 off 32b; 4×4, 3×6) and Jos Buttler (28 off 24b; 2×4, 1×6) sealed the deal for England with a 72-run opening partnership. Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow ensured there were no further hiccups.
Earlier, had it not been for Shreyas Iyer’s (67 off 48b; 8×4, 1×6) mature knock, India could have ended up with an ignominious score.
Iyer came to the crease when India were tottering at 20/3, with the top-order of KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli back in the pavilion.