Kuldeep's impact impresses Morgan

04 July 2018 03:44:42 EST

Eoin Morgan accepted that Kuldeep Yadav had been superb in India's eight-wicket victory over England in the first Twenty20 international between the two teams at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

KL Rahul scored an unbeaten century while Kuldeep took 5-24, including three wickets in one over, as India easily chased down a target of 160 to win in Manchester.

Jos Buttler made 69 as England reached 159-8 in their 20 overs but they had been 106-2 after 13 overs until Kuldeep dismissed Morgan, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root.

Bairstow and Root both fell first ball, each stumped by MS Dhoni, before David Willey gave England some last-innings impetus with an unbeaten 29 off 15 balls.

Morgan said afterwards: "Kuldeep's performance with the ball in his third over probably cost us 30 or 40 runs. We'll have to devise a plan how we're going to play him. Here it cost us."

Meanwhile, a delighted Kuldeep said: "It feels like home conditions. The wicket was dry. When I bowled the first over, I felt it was going to turn."

England are 10/11 to win the second T20 international between the two teams on Friday while another India victory can be backed at 10/11.

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