Virat Kohli was out second consecutive duck in international cricket as England hammered India by eight wickets to a take 1-0 lead in the five-match Twenty20 International Series on Friday.
Kohli fell to his white-ball nemesis Adil Rashid in the third over after Jofra Archer bowled KL Rahul for one run in a horrible start for hosts at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
It was second consecutive duck for Kohli in international cricket after the world cricket’s batting great was also out without scoring in the second innings of the two-teams recently concluded fourth Test. Kohli, however, had led India to a 3-1 series win and ultimately into June’s World Test Championship against June.
Shreyas Iyer’s half century saved the blush for India taking them to 124-7 before England cantered to victory in 15.3 overs after Jasoy Roy and Jos Buttler laid the foundation for a thumping win.
Roy and Buttler began with a 72 runs first wicket stand going with nine runs an over. Yuzvendra Chahal gave the breakthrough trapping Buttler leg before. The England wicketkeeper made scored 28 off 24 hitting two fours and a six.
Roy fell one short of a half century falling to Washington Sundar after the review found the ball hitting the line. His 32-ball innings comprised of four boundaries and three sixes.
Following the departure of two openers, Jonny Bairstow (26) and Dawid Malan (24) negotiated with the remaining runs as the latter sealed the game with a flat six over long off.
Earlier, Mark Wood bowled Shikhar Dhawan (four) and Ben Stokes had Rishabh Pant (21) caught by Jonny Baistow reducing India to 48-4 in 10 overs. Iyer, India’s latest white ball performer, avoided humiliation adding 54 runs for the fifth wicket with Hardik Pandya (19).
Iyer scored more than 50 percent of Indian total making 67 from 48 that included eight fours and a six. Archer, who halted Indian charge with the wickets of Pandya and Shardul Thakur in consecutive deliveries, picked up 3-24 from four overs.