England Make Merry Of India's Struggle To Counter Genuine Pace
England's bowling strategy of opening with spinner Adil Rashid and then unleashing genuinely quick bowlers caught India by surprise as they failed to cope with it and stuttered to just 124/7 in their 20 overs. The 125-run target was easy meat for England who won the first T20 International by eight wickets and with 4.3 overs to spare.
As against England's two quick bowlers -- Jofra Archer and Mark Wood -- who combined to take four wickets and conceded an aggregate of just 43 runs in their eight overs together, the India pace bowlers were a poor match.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur and Hardik Pandya bowled two overs each without making impact as they are barely medium pace and can't rush the batsmen.
Former India left-arm pace bowler Irfan Pathan pointed out that pace made the difference.
"What was the reason India lost the first t20 vs England? I think PACE was the difference," tweeted the former India pacer.