India vs England 1st T20I: Kishan, Kohli Shine In A Competitive Run Chase

India vs England 1st T20I: Kishan, Kohli Shine In A Competitive Run Chase

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India lost an early wicket in the form of KL Rahul when the opener was caught behind the stumps on Sam Curran’s bowling. The debutant Ishan Kishan took his time to settle in before he started hammering the poor deliveries in the powerplay. Virat Kohli came to the crease after Rahul’s departure, the captain kept the scoreboard ticking with those quick singles and doubles. Apart from that early wicket, nothing went wrong for the hosts as they managed to score 50 runs in the powerplay. Kishan was counter-attacking the English bowler and kept India in a comfortable position. After settling down, the Indian skipper also started playing shots, Kishan took down Adil Rashid with two consecutive sixes and completed his maiden half-century in international cricket in his debut game. The southpaw departed in the ninth over while playing the switch hit, he was struck on his pads right in front of his off-stump. The debutant’s dismissal brought Rishabh Pant to the crease, the wicketkeeper-batsman showed his intent with the bat without taking many deliveries. Pant smashed a blistering 26 off 13 deliveries and brought the run rate close to six before he edged the ball on Chris Jordan’s slow delivery and the catch was completed by Jonny Bairstow in the 14th over. Shreyas Iyer came out to bat at number five, Kohli kept the scoreboard moving without taking any risks in a run chase which became a cakewalk due to the attacking approach from the Indian top order. The Indian skipper hit a six right over the bowler’s head and completed his half-century.

Captain Kohli and Iyer stayed unbeaten in the run chase, with this victory the hosts have levelled the series 1-1. For England, Curran, Rashid and Jordan pocketed one wicket each.


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