Returning from an elbow injury, Archer led England’s bowling attack with three for 23 runs as they restricted India to 124 for 7 in 20 overs after skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl first.
“I was excited to bowl first because there was a bit of dew when we trained the other night …. getting on top of the conditions gave us a little bit of an advantage. It was a very good team performance on a slow wicket,” Archer told reporters at the post-match interaction.
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India lost three early wickets, including that of skipper Virat Kohli, who continued his poor form from the Test series after being dismissed for another duck.
1st T20I: Roy, Archer star as England trounce India by 8 wickets
“He is a dangerous batter. To see him back early in the innings so many times is a bonus. It’s kind of a dampener in their camp obviously being the leader of the side they expected him to score some runs. So it was some advantage to get him early,” Archer said.
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The series is seen as a build up to the T20 World Cup slated in India later this year but Archer said they are not looking too far ahead.
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<p>England’s bowlers did the spadework before opener Jason Roy’s explosive 49 helped secure a comprehensive eight-wicket victory against India in the first Twenty20 International in Ahmedabad on Friday. (ANI Photo)</p>
“It’s just the first game of the series. We still have four games to go. They are number two in the world for a reason,” he said.
The second T20I is slated here on Sunday.