Morgan, Root help England eclipse India in Kanpur
KANPUR: Skipper Eoin Morgan and batting mainstay Joe Root engineered England's easy chase to secure their seven-wicket victory against India in the first Twenty20 International on Thursday.
Beaten in the preceding test and one-day series, England showed discipline with the ball to stifle India's vaunted batting order, restricting them to a modest 147-7 at Kanpur's Green Park Stadium.
The visitors then returned to overhaul their opponents' target with 11 balls to spare, with Morgan hitting a fluent 51 and Root producing a run-a-ball 46 not out.
Morgan and Root then batted India out of the contest with their 83-run partnership.
Morgan's fourth six brought up his fifty but the England captain holed out in the very next delivery from Parvez Rasool.
Root was bowled twice in two balls from Jaspreet Bumrah -- the first off a no-ball and the second one was a free-hit -- allowing him to stay put and complete his team's emphatic victory.