India vs England 2021: Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli guide India to series-levelling victory

The Indian bowlers contributed with some excellent bowling at the death as well to stifle England.

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Indian Cricket Team
Indian Cricket Team

India got back to their destructive best as they brushed aside England in the second T20I to level the five-match series 1-1. It was an all-round effort by both bowlers and the batters that resulted in the exemplary team performance and hence, the victory. The hero on the night was Ishan Kishan who on debut, laid the platform for a successful chase by going all guns blazing and scoring a half-century. He was well supported by a trademark second innings knock from skipper Virat Kohli.

Earlier, India had won the toss and decided to field first. They handed debuts to the talented duo of Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav. Shikhar Dhawan and Axar Patel made way for the two as India decided to trust Hardik Pandya to act as the fifth bowler with no sixth bowling option. The selection proved to be a good one as it was Ishan Kishan’s knock that proved to be the decisive one.

Bowlers stifle England at the death; India ace the chase

Washington Sundar
India celebrate a wicket

Put in to bat, England got off to a horror start as Jos Buttler was dismissed LBW by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Jason Roy and Dawid Malan then hung around for a bit and kept the scoreboard ticking. After the duo’s wickets at the hands of the spinners, the runs dried up and each batter that followed found it difficult to up the ante. The Indian bowlers led by Bhuvneshwar and Shardul Thakur kept it tight at the death to ensure what could have been a score in excess of 180 ended up being 164.

In the chase, India too got off to a bad start as Sam Curran began with a wicket maiden dismissing KL Rahul. It was then that Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli delighted the crowd with their hitting. Both batsmen got to their half-centuries as India cantered towards an easy win. Rishabh Pant joined in after Kishan’s wicket and played a cameo as well to help the run-rate. Shreyas Iyer and Kohli then took India to a win in 17.5 overs.

Scores

England Innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Jason Royc Kumar b Sundar3635
Jos Buttlerlbw b Kumar01
Dawid Malanlbw b Chahal2423
Jonny Bairstowc Yadav b Sundar2015
Eoin Morganc Pant b Thakur2820
Ben Stokesc Pant b Thakur2820
Sam Currannot out65
Chris Jordannot out00

Total – 164/6 in 20 overs

BowlerOversRunsWickets
Bhuvneshwar Kumar4281
Washington Sundar4292
Shardul Thakur4292
Hardik Pandya4330
Yuzvendra Chahal4341

India Innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsWickets
KL Rahulc Buttler b S Curran06
Ishan Kishanlbw b Rashid5632
Virat Kohlinot out7349
Rishabh Pantc Bairstow b Jordan2613
Shreyas Iyernot out88

Total – 166/3 in 17.5 overs

BowlerOversRunsWickets
Sam Curran4221
Jofra Archer4240
Chris Jordan2.5381
Tom Curran2260
Ben Stokes1170
Adil Rashid4381

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