Wednesday, 10 August, 2022
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India beat England in T20 opener

Hardik Pandya blasted his maiden Twenty20 international half-century and took four wickets as India beat England by 50 runs in Southampton on Thursday.

In the opening game of the three-match series, Pandya powered to his 50 off 30 balls as India scored 198-8.

The 28-year-old hit six fours and one towering six, off Matt Parkinson, before being dismissed for 51 in his 43rd T20I innings

Pandya's fireworks came after Suryakumar Yadav (39) and Deepak Hooda (33) had set the tone with some flamboyant shots.

Pandya tormented England with the ball as well, taking 4-33 from his four overs as the hosts could only manage 148 in their limp run-chase.

India captain Rohit Sharma, back in the side after recovering from Covid-19, was rewarded for his decision to bat first as the tourists gained a small measure of revenge for their stunning Test loss to England earlier this week.