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England beaten by India in T20 series opener

29th May 2015

Report by the England & Wales Cricket Board

England's visually impaired team lost a hard-fought opening game of their three-match Twenty20 series against India by four wickets at the Kia Oval.

Half-centuries from opener Nathan Foy and captain Luke Sugg took England to 213 for four, setting the talented India team a testing target. Foy then took 2-53 and Justin Hollingsworth an impressive 3-33 but man of the match Prakash set up India's win with 77.

Foy made 56 and put on 58 for the third wicket with Sugg, who ended up on 62 and found more good support from Pete Blueitt with 32 not out. Sonu took 2-43 for the tourists.

Genash got India off to a good start with 37 before becoming one of Foy's two victims. But Prakash took centre stage and though Hollingsworth ended his innings, Ajay Reddy's unbeaten 28 saw India across the line in the penultimate over.

Sugg said afterwards: "To be honest, I can't fault the players. All it would have taken today was 15-20 more runs from us and that was 1-0 England.

"Credit to India, that's why they are world champions.

"It was such a great honour and privilege to play at this Test venue. It was great having the support. It was just incredible.

"Every time we took a wicket or scored a boundary we could hear everyone cheer. That was fantastic for us. I made sure the guys applauded the supporters. Without them it wouldn't have been close."