The cricketing rivalry between India and England is one of the oldest and most intense in the sport. The two teams have been playing each other since 1932, and have faced off in some of the most memorable matches in cricketing history.
The latest installment of this rivalry took place in the form of a T20 match between the two sides, with England emerging victorious. The match was played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, India, and was the first of a three-match series.
England won the toss and elected to bat first, and they got off to a great start. Openers Alex Hales and Jos Buttler put on a brilliant partnership of 97 runs, with Hales scoring a brilliant fifty. The rest of the batting line-up chipped in with useful contributions, and England posted a total of 184/5 in their 20 overs.
In reply, India got off to a poor start, losing their first three wickets for just 28 runs. Skipper Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina then put on a partnership of 64 runs, but it was not enough to get India back into the game. The Indian batting line-up collapsed in the final overs, and they were eventually bowled out for just 137 runs.
England thus won the match by a comfortable margin of 47 runs, and have now qualified for the T20 final. Hales and Buttler were the stars of the show for England, with the former scoring a brilliant fifty and the latter scoring a quickfire 41.
The second match of the series will be played on the same ground on Sunday, and it promises to be an exciting encounter. India will be looking to bounce back and level the series, while England will be looking to continue their winning streak and seal the series. It promises to be an exciting match, and one that cricket fans around the world will be eagerly awaiting.