India Lose T20I vs England Despite Kohli Heroics
Virat Kohli's 41-ball 66 went in vain as India lost the one-off T20 International against England by three runs. (All images from AP & AFP)
Mohammed Shami provided India with the first breakthrough after England got off to an explosive start. Shami later picked up two more wickets to finish with 3/38. (All images from AP & AFP)
Mohit Sharma appeals unsuccessfully for the wicket of Alex Hales, who played some scintillating shots to power a good start for England.
Mohit struck when he removed the dangerous Moeen Ali for a two-ball duck as India continued to fight back in Birmingham.
Mohit Sharma is congratulated by his India teammates after removing Ali for a duck.
Alex Hales walks back after falling to Ravindra Jadeja, thanks mainly to a sensational catch by Ajinkya Rahane in the deep. Hales slammed 40 off 25 balls.
Rahane's catch was applauded by the Indian fielders, who realised the importance of Hales' wicket in the context of the game.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Karn Sharma were on collision course, leading to a dropped catch by the former.
Karn Sharma, playing his maiden international game, picked up the wicket of Joe Root, the man who Ashwin had dropped.
England kept losing regular wickets but Eoin Morgan played a captain's knock and smashed 71 to help the hosts reach a competitive 180/7 off their 20 overs.
India's chase got off to a poor start as they lost Ajinkya Rahane early, to off-spinner Moeen Ali.
However, the other India opener, Shikhar Dhawan, was in sublime form and smashed 33 before being dismissed by Chris Woakes.
Virat Kohli roared back to form and made his intentions clear with three successive boundaries early in the innings.
Kohli took the England attack apart but the Indian innings faltered after his dismissal for 66 off 41 balls.
Harry Gurney celebrates after removing Suresh Raina. India never recovered from that crucial blow and lost by three runs.