Debutant Kishan and King Kohli help India level the series 1-1

Ahmedabad: India took on England in the 2nd T20I as a part of 5 match series at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. England won the first match of the series and was 1-0 up. As mentioned before in the first match, Rohit was rested in this match too. India took the field with two changes, as Dhawan and Axar were rested to pave the way for Ishan and Surya to make their debut. In comparison, England was forced to rest Wood as he wasn’t match-fit. India won the toss and chose to bowl first. Indian bowlers restricted English batsmen well as they struggled to score free runs. England made 164 runs which India chased inside 18 overs as Kishan, Kohli, and Pant powered India to a 7-wicket victory.

A collective effort from Indian bowlers help India restrict England to 164

England didn’t have the greatest of starts as Bhuvi sent Buttler for golden in his very first over. But Malan and Roy’s partnership steadied the ship, and runs were coming at a brisk rate. Trying to up the ante, the former went for a big shot and missed it as Chahal trapped in front of the stumps. Roy was looking good at the middle, but a mistimed heave off Sundar saw him back in the hut as Bhuvi took a tough catch in the deep. Morgan has hit four fours. Stokes and Sam Curran took England to 164. While Sundar and Thakur took two wickets each, Bhuvi and Chahal shared wicket-a-piece.

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Kishan’s fearless knock relieved the pressure on India

India had to chase 165 runs to level the series. Dhawan was dropped, and Ishan was opening alongside Rahul. With Rahul and Kohli not in the greatest of their forms, everyone expected Ishan to play cautiously. But the young lad had other ideas as he started hitting bowlers to all corners. Ishan Kishan has opened his account with a boundary off his first ball faced in his international career. Earlier, Rahul got out for a duck as he edged a ball to the keeper off Sam Curran. Kohli initially took his time to settle down with a few singles, and once he got into his groove, he entertained fans with his glorious flicks, cover drives, and pull shots. Everything was going well until Ishan got out against the run of play after hitting two consecutive sixes off Rashid. Pant came in after Kishan’s departure and took up from where Ishan left. His power-packed innings yielded India 26 runs from just 13 balls easing the pressure further down on Kohli. Iyer saw off the formalities along with Kohli, and Kohli’s flick drew curtains to the match as India crosses the 164 run mark in 17.3 overs.

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Ishan Kishan was awarded Man of the Match for his match-winning half-century. Ishan paid tribute to his coach’s (late) father by dedicating this MoM and innings to him. He also thanked all his coaches, seniors, well-wishers who were part of his journey and motivated him to move forward.

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