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Kohli, Kishan and the bowlers set up the comeback trail for India in the second T20I


India bounced back to winning ways in the second T20I at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday as skipper Virat Kohli and debutant Ishan Kishan led the charge for the Blues after an impressive death bowling performance which helped them to restrict England to just 164. India comfortably chased down the target in the 18th over. Ishan Kishan scored a half-century on debut and Virat Kohli got himself back into his groove with a crisp 73.

Virat Kohli lead India to yet another victory in a run-chase as he now averages 100+ in successful run-chases | Image Source: Twitter.com

The good omens started for India right from the toss of the coin as Eoin Morgan called it wrong meaning Virat Kohli was left with the choice to choose the order of the game. Considering the pitch and India’s successful record in run-chases, Virat opted to bowl first. There were a couple of debutants in Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan for India who replaced Axar Patel and Shikhar Dhawan respectively.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar began the inning with instant success as he got rid of Jos Buttler in the very first over of the match with a beautiful in-swinger. Jason Roy played smart cricket along with Dawid Malan to help England stitch a solid partnership. Jason Roy took on the spinners and also looked comfortable nudging the ones and twos. Malan lost his wicket LBW to Chahal in the 9th over in an attempt to sweep towards the square leg boundary.

Roy looked to accelerate after Malan’s wicket but it was Washington Sundar who came back into the attack and deceived Roy in the flight off the ball. Roy could only hoick it high in the air to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at long leg. Having dropped a tough chance earlier, Suryakumar took a good catch in the deep of Sundar’s bowling as India got rid of Bairstow with the score being 119-4 in the 14th over.

Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes failed to get into any sort of groove for the Englishmen as the Indian bowlers bowled fantastically at the death. India conceded less than 30 runs in the last 20 balls as Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneswar Kumar and Shardul Thakur bowled fantastically at the death the ensure that England scored only 164 in their 20 overs. The overall sentiment was that India had the ascendancy as England probably fell 20 runs short.

Indian bowlers restricted the English charge in the late middle overs and the death overs with the slower deliveries | Image Source: Twitter.com

Sam Curran bowled a beautifully controlled first over which culminated in the wicket of KL Rahul for a duck on the final ball as India had a very early setback in the run-chase. While the debutant Ishan Kishan got off the mark with a boundary, all eyes were on Virat Kohli as the skipper’s form had been a worry for the fans and pundits alike. Once Kohli played that pull off the back in front of square to the boundary, the confidence seemed to have grown in Ishan Kishan too. He smashed Tom Curran over long-on for a six and after that there was no looking back.

Kishan played wonderfully off the backfoot square of the wicket and through the covers to the pacers and wonderfully with his feet to the spinner as he scored a fifty on debut with a six. In an attempt to reverse sweep Rashid, the Kishan-Kohli partnership was broken as the debutant got out LBW to Rashid with the partnership at 94 in just 9 overs. Kishan scored 56 runs off 32 balls which included 5 fours and 4 sixes.

Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant took on the English bowling with Pant scoring 26 runs off just 13 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes. Kohli scored his first fifty of the series with a brilliant six over long-off as the captain looked back in form and hungry for runs. Kohli scored 73 runs off 49 balls which included 5 fours and 3 sixes as he and Iyer finished the run-chase with 13 balls to spare.

Ishan Kishan was awarded the Man of the Match for his dashing debut inning but it was Virat Kohli being back in-form that will delight Indian fans the most. The series now level at 1-1 looks to be a cracker. Follow us for the coverage of the third T20I on YouTube. Cheers!

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