IND-ENG 2nd T20I REVIEW

Courtesy : Sportstar

The Cacophony of 1,00,000 spectators on a Sunday evening  in the Narendra Modi stadium did the trick and India won the 2nd T20 handsomely.

Ouch! Kohli did  a’ la’ Dhoni a flourish of a six into the long leg of the stadium  to seal a win in the 2nd T20I at Motera stadium yesterday night at Ahmedabad. The “Zombies Kick” worked again in the T20 series also after suffering the loss in the first T20I. 

Kohli led the chase holding one end and others prospered at the other end.  The horrendous batting form of K.L. Rahul continued today in the first over itself.  Then the other opener, the debutant, announced his arrival in the international arena hitting  a boundary off his legs in his very first ball off Jofra Archer and stole the show on a Sunday evening in the full capacity stadium. 

The young , diminutive debutant from Dhoni’s state Jharkhand did it today for India in the 2nd T20I at Motera stadium, Ahmedabad against England in the ongoing 5 match series. Ishan Kishan showed the glimpses of the Srilankan “ Matara Marauder”  Sanath Jayasuriya, who once played for the same franchise, Mumbai Indians. He didn’t show any nervousness as a debutant.   He had a wide range of strokes.  When the ball was pitched up he hit it to straight boundary , short balls were pulled and the sweep shot.  He treated all England bowlers with equanimity and no mercy at all.  His defining moment came when he smoked a straight six off Tom Curran.  He also hoisted back to back  2 sixes off Adil Rashid’s spinning deliveries.  He celebrated his first half century and he perished trying a reverse sweep of Rashid. His star studded half century included 5 fours and 4 sixes of just 32 balls.  In the company of his captain he added 93 runs in just 54 balls for the 2nd wicket, which ultimately turned out to be  the winning factor.

‘It’s not easy when you come here and play your first game. Mumbai Indians have taught me a lot. I’ve been there with so many senior players and they have given me very good advice. I don’t know if I’ll get this feeling again but I was feeling like ‘Finally I’m here.’ “  Ishan Kishan, debutant and MOM today,  at the presentation ceremony.

Pant’s cameo knock continued after a day’s off.  As his wont, he clobbered 2 sixes and 2 fours in his brief stay before holing out in deep cover.  Kohli remained unbeaten with 73 runs with 5 fours and 3 sixes and completed 3000 runs in T20 games.

Earlier after winning the toss, Kohli chose to field first.  In the very first over of the game  Bhuvanesh Kumar got rid of England’s wicket keeper Jos Buttler by wrapping him on the pads.  Dawid Malan and Jason Roy digged in quite some time and added 63 runs and this was the highest partnership for England  and afterwards the wickets were tumbled at regular intervals and Indian bowlers did well to restrict England to 164 with the last 5 years yielded just 34 runs and Washington Sundar, the offie, was the pick of the bowler scalping 2 wkts for 29 runs.

India romped home with 7 wickets in hand and 13 balls to spare to take the 5 match  series with 1-1  and with another 3 matches to go at the same venue next week.

WEEKLY ROUND-UP

  1. At Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on the 5th day (13.3.21) Afghanistan chased 108 runs with 6 wickets to spare in the Second Test against Zimbabwe at their adopted Home ground (Abu Dhabi) and won the test and the 2 test series squared with 1-1. Zimbabwe won the first test at the same venue.

Brief scores : Afghanistan – 1st Innings = 545/4 decl ( Hashmatullah – 200 *; Asghar Afghan- 164 * )

Zimbabwe- 1st Inn- 287 ( Sikander Raza – 85; Rashid Khan 4/138)

Zimbabwe- Following on 2nd Inn- 365 (Sean Williams 151*; Rashid Khan 7/137)

Afg- 2nd Inn- 108/4 . Afghanistan won by 6 wickets

2. At Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound , St. Antigua, West Indies. West Indies won the 3rd ODI on 14.3.21 by 5 wickets against Srilanka and the series by 3-0.

3. At Bharat Ratna Shri A.B. Vajpayee Ekna Cricket Stadium, Lucknow (U.P.) in the ongoing 5 match ODI series between Indian Women and South African women, the S.A. team led the series with 3-1 and the 5th ODI to be played on 16.3.21.

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