Returning from an elbow injury, Archer led England’s bowling attack with three for 23 runs as they restricted India to 124 for 7 in 20 overs after skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl first.
“I was excited to bowl first because there was a bit of dew when we trained the other night …. getting on top of the conditions gave us a little bit of an advantage. It was a very good team performance on a slow wicket,” Archer told reporters at the post-match interaction.
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India lost three early wickets, including that of skipper Virat Kohli, who continued his poor form from the Test series after being dismissed for another duck.
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“He is a dangerous batter. To see him back early in the innings so many times is a bonus. It’s kind of a dampener in their camp obviously being the leader of the side they expected him to score some runs. So it was some advantage to get him early,” Archer said.
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The series is seen as a build up to the T20 World Cup slated in India later this year but Archer said they are not looking too far ahead.
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England’s bowlers did the spadework before opener Jason Roy’s explosive 49 helped secure a comprehensive eight-wicket victory against India in the first Twenty20 International in Ahmedabad on Friday. (ANI Photo)
“It’s just the first game of the series. We still have four games to go. They are number two in the world for a reason,” he said.
The second T20I is slated here on Sunday.