Virat Kohli wins toss, opts to field

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The challenge of beating England in their own den and then walking away with the spoils is "exciting" and not daunting.

All that was left for India to do was to hit the winning runs and Kohli did so in style, launching Moeen for six down the ground, which secured the win with 10 balls to spare.

After the freebies served up by a below-strength Australia, Eoin Morgan's team were hit with the full force of India's mystery spinners and galactico batsmen, losing the first of three Twenty20 internationals by eight wickets.

Young Kuldeep (5/24 in 4 overs) became the first chinaman bowler to take a five-for in shortest format as he singlehandedly restricted England to below-par 159 for 8 on a flat deck.

"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. But we will play fearless cricket.

Just over a week into their trip, the Indians have been taking advantage of an unprecedented toasty beginning to the English summer - not limiting themselves to just sipping coffee but drinking in the pleasant sights and surroundings.

"I think because England haven't played so much IPL cricket, there was never that familiarity or that sort of warmth between the two teams as much as we have with the other teams", said Kohli on eve of the first T20 of the three-match series.

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Chahar has impressed for India A in the tri-series over the past few weeks, picking up seven wickets in three games against the England Lions and the West Indies. "No one can guarantee results, just wanting to win every session and every ball that we play. That's something that I wanted to go and experience because we don't get to play so much cricket here before we come on tour", he said.

Here we predicted a playing XI of the Indian team for the first T20I against England. In such circumstances, it would be vital to maintain mental balance and team spirit, Kohli pointed out.

Ominously for England, India took their foot off the gas as they approached victory.

While England's Moeen Ali picked up four wickets in the final ODI against Australia here nine days ago, the fact Manchester has not had a drop of rain since will have India's spin options Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav rubbing their hands.

India captain Virat Kohli said his team were not fazed by the massive expectation from fans back home. Although Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Kohli and MS Dhoni pick themselves, the rest of the top six remains undecided.

In reply, India reached 163-2 in 18.2 overs with Rahul and Virat Kohli (20) at the crease.

"I heard a lot of people are keen to go and play and they should". I mean we've all known about his ability in the past as well.

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