Washington Sundar (L) and Jonny Bairstow argue during the first Twenty20 match in Ahmedabad, India, on Friday. Reuters
Opener Jason Roy smashed 49 as England trounced India by eight wickets in the first Twenty20 international on Friday.
Chasing a modest 125, England romped home in 15.3 overs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series at the world's biggest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.
England fast bowler Jofra Archer returned figures of 3-23 to restrict India to 124-7 after England chose to bowl first.
This combination of pictures shows KL Rahul unsuccessfully trying to catch the ball to dismiss Jos Buttler. AFP
Earlier India slipped to 48-4 with skipper Virat Kohli out for nought off leg-spinner Adil Rashid. At the start of the fightback, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant reverse hit Archer for a six behind the stumps, but he fell to Ben Stokes for 21.
Iyer scored his third T20 fifty and put on 54 for the fifth wicket with Hardik Pandya, who smashed 19, to boost the Indian total. Archer broke the partnership with Pandya's wicket and then took Shardul Thakur with his next ball.
The second T20 is on Sunday at the same venue.
Rishabh Pant (30) and Shreyas Iyer (37) made useful cameos after India were put into bat in a crunch game of the five-match series led by England 2-1 in Ahmedabad. Fast bowler Jofra Archer claimed four wickets including two in the 20th over to return his T20 best of 4-33.
Pace bowler Mark Wood claimed three wickets while leg-spinner Adil Rashid took two after England opted to bowl in the decider in Pune.
With the series level at 2-2, England won the toss in Ahmedabad, but Sharma blasted 64 and put on 94 with Kohli for the first wicket. India's captain made an unbeaten 80.
India, leading 2-1 in the series, struggled to make runs and lost crucial wickets early in the day, including skipper Virat Kohli who failed to score. But Pant put on 113 for the seventh wicket with Sundar to hit back after the England bowlers reduced India to 146 for six at one stage.
A brave UAE put up a spirited performance against a much-experienced Bangladesh, who again won the battle of the nerve as they defeated the hosts by 32 runs in the second match to clinch the series 2-0 in Dubai on Tuesday.
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