After a mauling in the series opener, India have pulled off their trademark come back with a comprehensive win in the second T20I. Chasing a decent total of 165, the hosts sealed the win with over two overs to spare. Debutant Ishan Kishan starred with a quickfire half-century atop the order. The game also saw captain Virat Kohli regain his form as he brought up his 26th in the format.
Winning the toss, the hosts decided to bowl first. And Bhuvaneshwar Kumar proved his captain’s decision right by dismissing Jos Butler for a duck in the first over. Following the early blow, Jason Roy and Dawid Malan stitched a 63 run stand to stable the ship before the latter fell to Yuzvendra Chahal. Roy yet again missed his half-century as he was sent packing by Washington Sundar for the second time in as many games.
The likes of Jonny Bairstow, captain Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes chipped in but were not able to give England the finish they wanted. And credit goes to the Indian quicks who bowled some great line and lengths in the final over to tame the English batters. A disciplined effort from the hosts in the death meant, England, who once looked en route to a big total, were restricted to just 164.
In reply, India were up to the task barring the early blow which saw KL Rahul dismissed for a duck. Thereafter, Kishan along with Kohli made sure that the visitors make no inroads into the order. The duo put up a huge 94 run stand before Kishan departed after bringing up his maiden half-century on debut. It was smooth sailing for the hosts from there on as they comfortably chased down the target with seven wickets in hand.
In Pictures – India vs England, 2nd T20I
Riding on their impressive run in the IPL 2020, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan made their debut in the second T20I. The duo starred in Mumbai Indians‘ victorious 2020 campaign. And they will striving to book their spot in the sdie with the T20 World Cup around the corner.
England opener Jason Roy continued his great run with the bat in the second encounter too. The hard hitting right hand batsman notched up 46 as he gave England a solid platform. He yet again missed his half-century as he was sent packing by Washington Sundar for the second time in as many games.
Budding spinner Washington Sundar continues to amaze across formats. Following up his success in the Test series, Sundar was up to the task in T20Is too. The lanky off spinner conceded only 29 runs in his four overs while picking up two crucial wickets. It worth noting that Sundar bowled majority of his over outside the powerplay which is a completely role for the youngster.
Another youngster who shined with the ball in hand was Shardul Thakur. The Mumbai pacer was excellent in the death with his slower balls as he left the visitors starving for runs at the fag end of the innings. Shardul also registered figures of 2-29 in his quota of four overs.
Rookie all-rounder Sam Curran gave England the perfect start with the ball. Curran dismissed KL Rahul for a duck in the very first over. But the English side were not able to capitalise on the early breakthrough. Curran finished with figures of 1 for 22 in his quota of four overs.
Debutant Ishan Kishan rewarded the team’s faith in him with a scintillating half-century on debut. The Jharkhand batsman gave India the perfect start as he smashed 56 runs off 32 balls to bring up his maiden half-century in international cricket. Replacing Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan was right on the money from the get-go. The youngster was oozing confidence in the middle as he took on England’s experienced bowling attack. Kishan becomes the first Indian batsman to hit a fifty on T20I debut in the last decade.
Following an early wicket, the onus of steadying the ship fell upon the duo of Kishan and Kohli. And they rose to the occasion by stitching a 94 run stand for the second wicket. The humomngous partnership set the stage for the hosts who stormed home with a comfortable win.
Indian captain snapped out of his string of low scores to notch up his 26th half-century of the format. Kohli smashed a 35-ball fifty as he saw India over the line in the second T20I. The Delhi batsman finished the game in style, with a six, as he remained unbeaten on 73. With the knock, he also became the first batsman to score over 3000 runs in T20Is.
After two games, the series stands level at 1-1. It will be interesting to see how England react to the seven wicket thumping. On the other hand, India will look to take a lead in the series which give them some breathing space to experiment with the combination. Not to forget, Suryakumar Yadav’s much awaited maiden international innings is yet to come. The cricket fraternity is eager to see how Suryakumar performs on the big stage.