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Plain sailing for England as captain Morgan salutes men

Eoin Morgan praised England's control in Kanpur as the tourists kicked off the Twenty20 series with a rare day of dominance in India.

Morgan's side spoiled the Republic Day party at a teeming Green Park, easing to a seven-wicket win with 11 balls to spare as they flexed their muscles with bat and ball.

After being trounced 4-0 in the Tests before Christmas and beaten 2-1 in the 50-over leg, England finally put their best foot forward at the start of a series by coasting to a modest victory target of 148.

In Morgan (51) and Joe Root (46 not out) they had the game's two outstanding batsmen. Newly arrived seamers Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan won the new-ball battle handsomely and, in Moeen Ali's career-best two for 21, they had probably the game's decisive contribution.

Skipper Morgan said: "I think it was a pretty complete performance, certainly as complete as we've produced on this trip. I thought the bowlers were outstanding. Everyone within the unit produced exactly what we talked about in executing our plans."

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