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´Lethal´ Yadav key for India: Kohli

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The pacer had suffered an injury on the webbing of his non-bowling hand in the first T20I against Ireland

India has been consistent in the limited overs side in the past decade.

Kuldeep's scalps on Tuesday included three wickets in his third over when he had Morgan (7) caught in the deep and Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root stumped by M.S. Dhoni for golden ducks.

Hales (8) was put out of his misery by Kuldeep in the next over, bowled sweeping, but it was the spinner's next over that really did for England.

"We have actually been able to create flat wickets into wicket-taking wickets with the variety we have in the attack", skipper Kohli had said, referring to his wrist-spinners before the team departed for the United Kingdom tour.

"If you want to take wickets, you need to turn the ball". In six or seven overs, they had around 65 runs.

Elaborating on that 14th over that changed the complexion of England's innings, Kuldeep said: "England's start with the bat was quite good". India clinched the opening T20I by eight wickets.

Yadav was introduced into the attack in the 10th over with England on 72/1 and Jos Buttler on rampage.

"Obviously they are quality batsmen and it's a good feeling when you take two wickets on the trot".

Nonetheless, Umesh Yadav, who impressed in IPL 2018 with raw pace, will open the bowling alongside the impressive Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

India can now wrap up the three-match series in Cardiff on Friday, while an England win would send it to a decider in Bristol on Sunday.

Riding on a flashy unbeaten century from Lokesh Rahul and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav's maiden T20 global fifer, India outclassed England by eight wickets in the opening match and go 1-0 up in the three-match rubber at the Old Trafford cricket stadium.

India's fans were on their feet waving their flags on a sun-drenched evening in Manchester when England skipper Eoin Morgan (7) skied a delivery from Yadav and into the hands of India counterpart Kohli at deep midwicket. Kuldeep took four wickets in that time, too, including three in an over. Kohli, who was just eight runs away, finally reached the 2,000-mark in the T20Is becoming the first Indian and overall fourth batsman to touch the milestone in the shortest format on the worldwide level.

England made a typically quick start to their innings, Jason Roy taking 16 from the first two overs before Buttler got off the mark by scooping an 87mph delivery from Umesh Yadav over the 'keeper's head for head. Kuldeep bowled well but we know we can play him better than that.

That was the first ball of Kuldeep's third over, and by the end of it he had two more wickets in two balls as Jonny Bairstow and then Root were both stumped off googlies.

"They played our spinners in smaller margins".

Yadav's 5/24 allowed India to restric England to 159, a target that was duly achieved with 10 balls to spare, thanks to an unbeaten KL Rahul century. Rahul continued his glorious run with the bat, dominating the partnership with Rohit, who uncharacteristically played the flawless second fiddle to the Karnataka youngster.

Meanwhile, it was the Indian Captain Virat Kohli who made the other major record in the same match.

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