Kuldeep Yadav, KL Rahul steal show as India beat England

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KL Rahul hit a sublime unbeaten century to lead India to a dominant eight-wicket victory over a chastened England in the first Twenty20 at Old Trafford. India's supremacy in the shortest format's is undoubted.

Chahar impressed for India A in the tri-series against West Indies A and England Lions and was also effective for this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Chennai Super Kings, with the 25-year-old collecting 10 wickets in 12 matches.

England are coming into series on the back of 6-0 drubbing of Australia with Buttler, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow in fantastic form. Having spoken to the guys who have come here and have played, they said it was a great experience for them and they learnt a lot more about their game.

Containing the English batsmen will be India's primary focus and the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, who will miss the T20I series due to a fractured finger, comes as a blow for the visitors.

Deepak Chahar and Krunal Pandya have received their maiden worldwide call-ups. In the last couple of seasons Bumrah has been the go-to-man for Kohli in the death overs.

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"If the mindset is not right after a few days or a couple of weeks then things can get more hard, but if we can stay positive and enjoy each other's company and just look forward to being here for that period of time and just look forward to being on the field and play competitive cricket, I think we will be able to space it as a team and certainly take a lot from this tour when we go away".

Buttler carried stunning IPL form, which saw him hit five consecutive half-centuries for his franchise, into England's global season, nailing his Test recall then starring against Australia in the ODI series. KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav are the contenders.

One of the things India have stressed on in recent times is to have a fixed set of openers - Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma - with Kohli often at No. 3, and then change up the order depending on the situation. Hardik Pandya will definitely be handed the all-rounder's responsibility with the two spinners - Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav - and two pacers - most likely to be Kumar and Yadav - filling up the remaining spots. Subsequently, he missed the second T20 worldwide against Ireland on Friday. Joe Root, a player of touch and timing, is a top order player too and is unsuited to batting down at number six as he did here. And with the kind of form they are in, making early inroads is the only way forward for the Indian bowlers.

The bowling department of England also looks strong. As England fans watching the football on a giant screen behind the pavilion went berserk, so did Indian fans inside the ground.

When it comes to the pacers, it could be a case of three frontline pacers with David Willey, Chris Jordan and Liam Plunkett filling the spots.

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