India in England cruised to a win in a virtual “autopilot” mode in their tour opener at the Old Trafford, Manchester, on Tuesday night. The hosts failed to breach the new wall of Indian batting – KL Rahul, who scripted the win with an unbeaten century.
Skipper Virat Kolhi was in company as India sailed past the 160-run victory mark with 10 balls to spare. Captain Kohli’s six off the second ball from the 19th over, from Moin Ali, was a perfect icing on the cake. But the innings and the celebrations belonged to Rahul.
The captain remained a committed companion from the pitch to the party.
The second T20 was three days from Tuesday. So, the team had enough time to celebrate before getting back to the serious business.
In this batsmen’s game, the hero of India’s win was a bowler – Kuldeep Yadav, a deserving man-of-the-match for five wickets for a mere 24 runs.
Still, skipper had a special praise for the craftsmanship with the willow that he witnessed from 22 yards. “What a knock by the Baaaaas @klrahul11,” wrote Kohli praising KL Rahul for scoring 101 runs with ten 4s and five 6s.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 4, 2018
Hardik Pandya joined the party with the skipper and Rahul as the Men in Blue decided to have some celebrations before getting down to the serious business for their second T20 international on the tour, scheduled for July 6, Friday, at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.