India didn’t even need Virat Kohli, as KL Rahul scored a century in the first T20.

The England cricket team have a busy summer ahead of them, most notably in their upcoming games against India in the T20 and ODI. The first T20 didn’t go so well, with England taking a thrashing by eight wickets. The first T20 clashed with the football World Cup, which is probably not so good for ratings but did boost the morale of the cricket team, who were seen shouting with joy as they watched England’s penalty shoot out in the changing rooms.

T20 Thrashing

Before the match, England cricket captain Eoin Morgan thought it was a good omen that the T20 fell on the same day as the World Cup game against Columbia, given the cricket team’s victory against Australia in the ODI on the same day that England F.C beat Panama 6-1.

Unfortunately didn’t quite work out that way a second time.

India gave England a thrashing by eight wickets in the first game of the T20. It was a great performance from India and, by Morgan’s admission, it was the left arm spinner from bowler Kuldeep Yadav that caused the majority of England’s failings. Yadav took five for 24, including three wickets in a single over.

Meanwhile, KL Rahul scored a 101, including 20 runs in a five ball sequence, leaving star batter Virat Kohli with little work to do other than to finish up with a six. He was barley needed at all as England left the pitch looking bewildered.

World Cup Celebrations

Despite losing out on the first T20, the cricket team could be seen back in the changing rooms cheering on England as they overcame the penalty shoot out and progressed to the quarter finals of the World Cup.

Kane scored a penalty to open the match close to the 60th minute, and it looked like England were as good as through as they resisted the aggravated play of Columbia. It was only in extra time that they let it slip, taking the match to penalties. Keeper Jordan Pickford made a crucial save, and Eric Dier scored the final penalty – causing uproar and lifting the spirits of the English Cricket Team.

There’s been a lot of hype around the World Cup, with everybody wondering if England can actually make it to the finals this time. The hype has led to TV viewings of over 24 million, as well as promotions and competitions including PokerStars’ million pound prize-giving Spin & Goal. Cricket takes only a slice of the viewings, and its promotions like the Telegraph Fantasy Cricket are worth a measly $10,000 in comparison. But we all know its the better sport!

Moving Forward

Despite their loss in the first T20, England bowler Chris Jordan maintains that the team are still confident, and that “one loss is nothing to worry about”. They will be looking to neutralise the spinning bowls of Yadav and the awesome batting skills of Rahal during the upcoming games. Hopefully, England can be as successful in the T20 as Blackpool have been in the past!

Even with all the hype for the World Cup, cricket continues to be the game of games. England play India again in the T20, as well as in the ODI. Let’s see if they can pull it off and make this year a glorious one for English sport.

 

 

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