Moeen Ali led England's effort with the ball to restrict India to a modest total of 147/7, before Eoin Morgan struck his eighth T20I fifty to setup a comfortable win.
That brings us to the end of our coverage of the 1st T20I between India and England at Kanpur, and it turned out to be a rather one-sided contest. Let us hope the next game at Nagpur this Sunday turns out to be a better contest, regardless of the outcome of the match.
Do return to Firstpost for our coverage of the second game. Till then, goodbye!
Moeen Ali (Man of the Match for bowling figures of 2/21): I think as a bowling unit we were fantastic, as did the batting. We're just pleased to go 1-0 up, looking forward to the next game. Not much change really, just got some confidence from the previous ODI. I've been in the same situation before (comparing himself with Adil Rashid not getting a single over in the innings). It's a team thing.
Eoin Morgan: The winning run is happening. I thought our bowling unit was outstanding tonight. Everything happened as we had planned. Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan pulled off important roles. They executed beautifully, and made it hard for the Indian batsman. Huge credit to them. The openers did make it easy for us in the middle order. Allows us to take some more time and control. Thought Sam did outstandingly well. There's always conpetition for places in the side, which is great to see.
Virat Kohli: England has played better cricket than us today. With the ball as well as bat. So deserving winners, and you need to stand up and applaud them when they do well. Credit to their bowlers, they bowled really good, hard lengths, and they good extra pace and bounced. That's something we would like to get as well. I guess we were about 30-35 runs short on a wicket that played really well under lights. I have confidence in Chahal, and he bowls with the new ball in RCB as well, and he is a wicket-taking bowler and he pulled us into the game today. This is kind of a format that you need to enjoy and give your best. We're not going to pile too much pressure on the youngsters.
Cricketwallah reviews the 1st T20I between India and England at Kanpur, in which the visitors dominated both with bat and ball to win by 7 wickets.
Most losses for India against a team in T20Is:
6 vs England 5 vs NZ 4 vs Aus, SA, SL, WI#IndvsEng
Joe Root: Great to get back here. I thought the guys were brilliant tonight. Kept taking wickets with the ball, and one big partnership was all that was needed (with the bat). It's great to see them (Roy and Billings)coming and playing with such confidence. I hope he (Billings) gains a lot of confidence. You like to think batting second would not matter, but it skidded around a lot better under the lights. I think it was quite a good toss in the end. Was not the most fluid knock of mine.
India were unbeaten in 19 matches under Kohli at home. But 2 losses in 2 matches now. #IndvsEng
THAT'S IT! England win by seven wickets with a little under two overs to spare! Root calmly collects the winning single after patting the ball down towards wide long-on!
Joe Root remains unbeaten on 46, with Ben Stokes on 2 for company at the other end. The visitors grab the series lead for the first time in what has been a miserable tour so far.
England 147/3 in 18 overs (Joe Root 45, Ben Stokes 2); need 1 off 12 balls
Nehra into his third over, starting off with a wide and a bye. Couple of runs in the next delivery after Root fails to connect properly in a powerful pull. Root goes for the same shot in the third delivery, getting another couple. Slower ball to follow it up in the fourth delivery. Back-to-back fours by Root to end the over, with the Englishmen on their way towards a commanding win at the moment. Root collects a single off the last ball, with 15 runs being scored in the 18th over.
I am afraid young Bumrah has to ensure he is bowling legal deliveries. Suspect his coach is going to be unhappy.
England 132/3 in 17 overs (Joe Root 32, Ben Stokes 2); need 16 off 18 balls
Bumrah into his third over of the innings. Root sets off for a quick single at the start of the over after playing it towards the leg side. Some mix-up between the two batsmen in the third delivery, resulting in a near mix-up.
Bumrah uproots Root's leg-stump in the penultimate delivery of the over, dismissing him for 32, before his left foot betrays him again. Bumrah is found to have overstepped the crease, and ends up conceding a free-hit. Root looks to go for a ramp shot in the next delivery, but ends up playing it onto his stumps yet again.
1500 T20I runs for Eoin Morgan - 1st England player and 12th overall to get there. #IndvsEng
England 129/3 in 16 overs (Joe Root 31, Ben Stokes 1); need 19 off 24 balls
SIX! Morgan brings up his fifty in style, slogging it over the cow-corner boundary bring up the milestone for his eighth T20I fifty. And he ends up hitting the ball straight into Suresh Raina's hands at long-off while looking for a second-consecutive big hit. Ben Stokes walks out to bat, and will be expected to finish the game henceforth.
OUT! Having brought up his half-century with a mighty six in the previous ball, Morgan looks to go big again. Just, this time he holes to Raina at long-off after not being able to connect properly. Departs for a well-made 51 off 38, as England lose their 3rd wicket with 126 on board, though the visitors still are in command right now.
It was wickets that halted India's progress. Now, to win this, India need wickets soon.
England 120/2 in 15 overs (Joe Root 29, Eoin Morgan 45); need 28 off 30 balls
Chahal's final over. Morgan slogs the first ball towards cow-corner, and the ball lands straight into Suresh Raina's hands just outside the boundary rope. Raina, however, has to throw the ball back in after realising he was going to fall over the rope, saving four runs for the hosts. Chahal concedes six off his last over, with the visitors needing less than a run-a-ball at the moment.
This is ridiculous, if Morgan keeps performing how are they going to mention that the dressing room doesnt 'really' back him.... #indveng
England 114/2 in 14 overs (Joe Root 27, Eoin Morgan 41)
Rasool into his third over, with the game starting to slip out of India's grasp at this stage. Morgan and Root deal in singles in the first three balls of the over, before Morgan slogs the marginally short delivery from the Kashmiri spinner over deep midwicket. 11 runs off the over, with the visitors positively cruising right now.
England 103/2 in 13 overs (Joe Root 24, Eoin Morgan 33)
Pandya bowls his second over, and concedes a wide called by the square-leg umpire for height. Root beaten in the third delivery while looking for a pull over the midwicket boundary. FOUR! Root comes down the track and punches the ball towards sweeper cover, beating the fielder in the process. Brings up the 100 for England in the process. Nine runs off the over, with England needing another 45 off 42 balls.
England 94/2 in 12 overs (Joe Root 19, Eoin Morgan 31)
Raina from the other end. Root collects a double at the start of the over with a reverse-sweep. SIX! Morgan goes big in the third ball, pulling it with command towards cow-corner. Meanwhile, the fifty-stand comes up between Root and Morgan in this over, with the two looking set to end the match in their favour with a bang now. Big over for the visitors, with 12 coming off it.
England 82/2 in 11 overs (Joe Root 15, Eoin Morgan 23)
Hardik Pandya introduced into the attack in the 11th over, with a partnership steadily building between Root and Morgan. A single and double to start things with in this over. Root and Morgan are confident of a plenty of batting to follow after this, and will probably go for the shots right now. Morgan gets an inside-edge off a short delivery in the fifth delivery, though the ball is not anywhere his stumps. Six runs off Pandya's first over of the innings.
Interestingly, England are just one run ahead in the over-comparison at the half-way mark in the innings.
England 76/2 in 10 overs (Joe Root 13, Eoin Morgan 21)
Chahal bowls his third over, with Root coming down the track, making enough room for himself and pushing the ball towards sweeper cover, where the ball beats the fielder. SIX! Morgan seems to have finally settled against spin, slog-sweeping Chahal over deep midwicket with authority! Chahal needs to make a comeback now. Roy looks to drive the last two delivery, and gets beaten for line.
England 64/2 in 9 overs (Joe Root 8, Eoin Morgan 14)
Bumrah back into the attack. He got hammered all over the park in his first spell. Let's see how he fares this time. Appeals for an lbw in the second delivery, though it appears to be well above the stumps. Morgan steals a quick single in the third delivery. Good piece of fielding by Kohli at cover in the penultimate ball. Quick single by Roy in the final delivery, with Bumrah giving away just two in his second over.
Modest total to defend. India have to pull off something out of the ordinary
England 62/2 in 8 overs (Joe Root 7, Eoin Morgan 13)
Raina is the fifth Indian bowler into the attack, and Morgan starts off with a single down the ground. Both batsmen are looking to knock the ball around, while getting an off boundary or two. Decent over for Raina to start off with, giving away five singles.
Suresh Raina into the attack now.
England 57/2 in 7 overs (Joe Root 5, Eoin Morgan 10)
FOUR! Morgan gets his first boundary, and brings up the 50 for England with an inside-out shot over towards the extra-covewr fence. Looks like he is starting to break the shackles right now, even if they were temporarily put on his feet. A double and a single off the last two balls of the over, with nine coming off it.
England 48/2 in 6 overs (Joe Root 4, Eoin Morgan 2)
Chahal into his second over, and he suddenly is a hero for a billion-plus fans right now. Both Morgan and Chahal are having difficulty tackling him right now, with Chahal bowling a wrong 'un or two, and getting some drift at the moment. Just two conceded in his second over, with the Englishmen looking to see him off right now.
Across his T20 career Morgan has scored 12-0 (10 balls) v Chahal and 14-0 (12 balls) v Rasool. #IndvEng
England 46/2 in 5 overs (Joe Root 3, Eoin Morgan 1)
Parvez Rasool into the attack from the other end, with Kohli opting to use both his RCB options in the attack at the moment. Suddenly, the momentum is with the Indians at the moment. Good, tidy over for Rasool to start with, just three coming off it.
After 4 overs,England 43/2 ( Joe Root 1 , Eoin Morgan (C) 0)
Yuvzendra Chahal into the attack, and he is welcomed with a slog sweep by Roy towards deep midwicket in the very first ball. OUT! Chahal gets back at him in the very next delivery, dismissing the in-form Roy for 19. Billings dances down the track after Root collects a single to get off the mark, and gets his off-stump uprooted. Suddenly, we have two new batsmen at the crease, although they are the most experienced.
BOWLED EM! Yuvzendra Chahal strikes again, removing both English openers in his first over of the innings! Billings dances down the pitch, and misses the line of the delivery completely to get his off-stump knocked over! England 43/2 after 3.5 overs; need 105 to win from 97 balls.
Sam Billings b Yuzvendra Chahal 22(10)
OUT! Yuzvendra Chahal finally gets the breakthrough for India, as Roy drags the ball onto his stumps off a fuller delivery along off. The dashing opener was playing down the wrong line ther. Six, followed by a dismissal for Chahal.
Jason Roy b Yuvzvendra Chahal 19(11)
England 36/0 in 3 overs (Jason Roy 13, Sam Billings 22)
SIX! Now Jason Roy gets into the attack, and he strikes the length, wide delivery from Nehra towards long-off. That is bound to disrupt Nehra's rhythm now. Nehra decides to change line, length and goes round the wicket, getting a dot in the third delivery after a swing-and-a-miss by Roy. Wide conceded in the fourth ball, with Dhoni going up for an appeal for a caught-behind. The change in approach somewhat works for Nehra, conceding singles in the remaining deliveries, though he still leaks 12 off the over.
It is 14 years since that match Ashish Nehra won on his own against England at the World Cup in South Africa. Mental
England 24/0 in 2 overs (Jason Roy 3, Sam Billings 21)
Billings off to a rapid start at the other end, welcoming Jasprit Bumrah into the attack with back-to-back boundaries in the first two deliveries. Bound to hamper Bumrah's confidence. Nehra pulls off a good piece of fielding at third-man to save a couple of runs. SIX! Billings goes big with a ramp-shot, with the ball landing well past the fine-leg boundary. What an over this is turning out to be! Bumrah ends up conceding 20 off the over, after Billings pulls the last ball towards the square-leg boundary.
After 1 overs,England 4/0 ( Jason Roy 3 , Sam Billings 1)
Not a good way for the hosts to start their defence of the lowly target off with a Kohli misfield at cover to allow for a couple of runs for Jason Roy. Steady start for the Englishmen, with four runs being scored in the first over.
The players are back after the short break. Ashish Nehra with the ball, with Roy and Billings walking out to bat at the start of England's relatively easy run-chase.
Cricket expert Ayaz Memon reviews the Indian innings, with the hosts struggling to reach 147/7 at the end of 20 overs.
India have defended 146 and 138 in their two most recent victories when batting first. #IndvEng
Kanpur: As India switch gears to the shortest format, all eyes will be on the likes of seasoned campaigners Suresh Raina and Ashish Nehra - making a comeback after almost a year's lay-off - when the 'Men in Blue' take on England in the three-match T20 series, starting with the first game at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Thursday.
Having pocketed the ODI series 2-1, the Virat Kohli-led hosts will be aiming to make the most of their limited-overs experience, as the T20 rubber is the last before the ICC Champions Trophy from 1 June.
Virat Kohli (R) and Eoin Morgan. Image courtesy: Twitter
In between, India will be playing a one-off Test at home against Bangladesh before the four-match gruelling Test series against the visiting Australians next month. Following that will be the Indian Premier League (IPL) from 3 April to 26 May, which will leave the national team with very little time to regroup before the Champions Trophy in England.
The T20 series will also provide players, including the 30-year-old Raina and 37-year-old Nehra, a great opportunity to stake their claim for a berth in the 50-over side.
Both Nehra and Raina have been out of the national side since the World T20 in March-April last year and will be eying the upcoming T20s against England to stage a comeback.
Besides the duo, the series will also be a test for the likes of promising batsmen Rishabh Pant, Mandeep Singh and Manish Pandey and the spin duo of Parvez Rasool and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Thursday's match will begin at 4.30pm instead of the regular 7.30pm due to the prevailing dew and foggy conditions, which will negate the importance of the toss.
India will hope to end their opening woes and try a new combination with KL Rahul and Pant at the top followed by the settled middle order comprising Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Raina.
If Kohli opts for a seventh batsman, it will be a toss up between Manish and Mandeep in the middle order with all-rounder Hardik Pandya adding to the ammunition lower down the order.
The bowling department will have the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Pandya apart from Nehra while Bhuvneshwar Kumar may get a look-in depending on the conditions.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra is most certain to get a look-in ahead of Chahal with Jammu and Kashmir off-spinner Rasool.
On the other hand, England, after pipping India by five runs in the third ODI in Kolkata and avoiding a whitewash, will be aiming to finish their dismal tour on a winning note. The visitors had earlier lost the five-match Test rubber 0-4.
The visitors have added more firepower in their bowling with the addition of right-armer Chris Jordan and left-arm quick Tymal Mills.
The English side will once again bank on their top order, comprising Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali to post a competitive total on the board.
All-rounder Ben Stokes has been a revelation with both the bat and the ball in the ODIs and England will hope he repeats his feats in the shortest version.
In the bowling department, leg spinner Adil Rashid and Ali will be Morgan's go-to bowlers in the middle overs while Liam Plunkett and Jake Ball will be the first choice pacers apart from Jordan and Mills.
England: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Jonny Bairstow.