Twitter Reactions: Kuldeep Yadav digests the English batting lineup with a five-wicket haul

Kuldeep finished his four overs with figures of 4-0-24-5.

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Kuldeep Yadav of India celebrates. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

India’s tour of England finally got underway with the first T20I at Manchester. Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bowl first; it is fact that no total is safe against this English batting line-up and the Men in Blue are comfortable chasing as well. Jos Buttler and Jason Roy got them off to a flying start. They enjoyed batting against pace and thus Kohli introduced spin in the 4th over but introduced his trump card Kuldeep Yadav after the powerplay.

Buttler welcomed him into England with a boundary but played the rest of the over with respect and it cost India just 5. In his next, Kuldeep hit Alex Hales’ stumps and that was his first taste of success in this game. Hales was struggling 8 from 18 balls is quite an uncharacteristic knock. But it was the left-arm wrist spinner’s third over that changed everything.

England had 106 runs on the board for the loss of 2 wickets with Buttler and Eoin Morgan at the crease. Kuldeep forced Morgan to go for a big shot, there was air under that ball and the skipper couldn’t just stop himself from taking the risk. It went into the hands of Kohli at deep midwicket, next ball, Buttler took a single got off the strike.

Jonny Bairstow next ball had no clue where this was going. He out of the crease, nowhere near the ball and was in the air stumped by MS Dhoni. Yadav was all over England by now and the batsmen just couldn’t read his chinaman. On the 4th ball of the over he foxed Joe Root who was well out of his crease attempting a big shot but it was nowhere.

He missed and Dhoni fumbled but managed to gather it in time to find him short. Yadav had three wickets in his third over and all the batters managed was 13 runs against him. Kohli kept his last over for the 18th of the innings and it got him the big man. Kuldeep had to strike and get rid of Buttler for India to be able to stop England for a low total. He created an opportunity by KL Rahul dropped a skier. On the 4th ball of the over he once again hit it high up in the air and this time skipper, Kohli got underneath and pocketed it comfortably.

Kuldeep completed his fifer and became the first left-arm wrist spinner to claim a five-wicket haul and he is the third Indian to do so.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to Kuldeep’s magic: