The currently touring Indian team lock horns with England in a row of matches between them from August to September 2018. Virat Kohli lead Indian squad faces, 3 ODIs, 5 Tests and 3 T20s overall in this tour to England. Let us take a glimpse at the total picture till now, and what’s brewing afresh.
England v/s India, 1st T20I- July 03
At Old Trafford, Manchester India won by 8 wickets with Kuldeep Yadav as the Player of the match. As Kuldeep, a wrist spinner went lethal, English were kept down to 160 ensuring a fantastic starting victory for India.
England v/s India, 2st T20I- July 06
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff saw the excellent come back of England with a stunning 5 wicket win. Alex Hales was chosen as the Player of the match. Even though Raina and Koli partnership with finishing touch of MS Dhoni piled up 148-below par total, the bowlers couldn’t rise to the expectations to save India.
England v/s India, 3rd T20I- July 08
As India bags, the sixth trophy in a row in T20I cricket, County Ground, Bristol witnessed 7 wicket victory for India and thereby T20I series too. Rohit Sharma was hailed as the Man of the Match and Man of the Series. Hardik Pandya did an all-around excellent performance throughout the match and finished off in style with India wrapping up the series 2-1. Kudos to Indian team!
England v/s India, 1st ODI-July 12
At Trent Bridge, Nottingham, India crusaded through the first ODI. Kuldeep Yadav (Man of the Match) and Chahal, both made a strong case for themselves which lead India to 8 wicket victory over England. English batsmen struggled a lot to stand before them. Rohit Sharma graced the match with his second successive century of the tour.
England v/s India, 2nd ODI-July 14
England paid back in style with an 86 run victory over India at Lord’s, Londen. Similar to T20I, England this time bounced back well learned from the first match and improved. Joe Root’s(Man of the Match) master class and a blistering fifty from Willey along with disastrous bowling from India paved way to the sweet success of England on their own land.
England v/s India, 3rd ODI-July 17
Headingley, Leeds witnessed an exceptional comeback from the hosts with great zeal and skill which lead them to a thumping win. They sure have done the homework and learned to keep Kuldeep and Chahal at bay. Adil Rasheed( Man of the Match) kept the bowling tight and reaped its reward. Joe Root was awarded the Man of the Series. It’s a shame to know that this is the first bilateral series loss for India under Kohli after almost 30 months.
England v/s India, First Test- Aug 1 – Aug 5
A great way to play England’s 1000th test and a grand way to win it at their own dear Edgbaston, Birmingham. England won the first test by 31 runs. Sam Curran was the Player of the match who rescued the second day of the match for the hosts.
England v/s India, Second Test- Aug 9 – Aug 13
With Chris Woakes, player of the match England won this Test too by an innings and 159 runs at Lord ’s, Londen. The disastrous end for India was backed by the bad back of the best batsman of India, Virat and Ashwin took a lot number of blows on his fingers as well.
England v/s India, Third Test- Aug 18 – Aug 22
India won by 203 runs at Trent Bridge, Nottingham which was a good comeback for the visitors and comfort too. Jasprit has attracted some attention while Pujara and Rahane contributed run handsomely for this victory. Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli also did their best for this sweet revenge.
England v/s India, Fourth Test- Aug 30– September 3
The Rose Bowl, Southampton saw the hurtful defeat for team India, as Moeen Ali was all that England required to win this test for them. He well deserves the Player of the Match title. England won by 60 runs. We can hope for a comeback at The Oval, for the last match of this series for Team India.