India beat England to level T20 series as Kishan and Kohli star


ngland were outgunned in the second Twenty20 against India as debutant Ishan Kishan and captain Virat Kohli squared the series with some electric batting in Ahmedabad.

Eoin Morgan’s side posted 164 for six, Jason Roy top-scoring for the second time in three days with 46, but it was not enough to constrain a fearless chase or prevent a confident seven-wicket win.

Ishan, the Mumbai Indians starlet drafted in in place of the experienced Shikhar Dhawan, smashed four sixes and five fours in a name-making 56 at the top of the order while Kohli finished unbeaten on 73.

Ending things with a mighty pulled six off Chris Jordan, Kohli left 13 balls unused as he put the finishing touches to his latest masterful white-ball chase.

Forty-eight hours after keeping their opponents to 124 at the same ground, England’s attack lacked teeth and missed the raw speed of Mark Wood, absent with a bruised left heel. His replacement, Tom Curran, sent down two overs for 26 but was not alone in being dominated.

Having sent England in, India picked up a big early scalp as a minor misjudgement of line left Jos Buttler lbw to Bhuveneshwar Kumar for a golden duck.

After that setback, England would have been content with their powerplay effort of 44 for one, with Roy and Dawid Malan setting a competitive foundation. Clean strikes were thin on the ground but Roy’s clubbed six off Washington Sundar’s first ball offered some respite.

The introduction of Yuzvendra Chahal’s wrist-spin initially posed a new problem for Roy, but after smashing a drag down for six and depositing a pair of reverse-sweeps for four, he appeared to have cracked it.

Malan was unable to do likewise and was lbw on the sweep having never quite caught fire. After 10 overs England looked well set at 83 for two, but Roy narrowly missed out on a half-century for the second knock in a row when he lifted Sundar for a steepling leg-side catch.

Morgan’s arrival ushered in a chaotic period of four boundaries in eight deliveries – a mixed bag containing one sweetly-struck shot, an inside edge, a mis-field and a set of leg-byes off the helmet. There were six more when Suryakumar Yadav spilled a Jonny Bairstow chance for six.

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