AHMEDABAD: Captain Virat Kohli as well as debutant Ishan Kishan struck half-centuries as India hammered England by seven gates in the 2nd Twenty20 International in Ahmedabad on Sunday.
Chasing after 165 for victory, a blazing second-wicket stand of 94 in between Kohli, who completed unbeaten on 73, and Kishan saw India skip home in 17.5 overs at the Narendra Modi Stadium and level the five-match collection at 1-1.
Left-hander Kishan, just 22, hit 56 off 32 rounds before he fell to Adil Rashid’s leg-spin. Kohli struck kind after three ducks in his 5 previous innings to secure the suit with a four and a six.
Sam Curran struck in the very first over to get K.L. Rahul captured behind without racking up yet Kishan, who made his T20I launching alongside Suryakumar Yadav– both principals for Indian Premier Organization champions Mumbai Indians– and also Kohli took charge.
Kohli was gone down on 10 by gate caretaker Jos Buttler that fell short to order a flick down the leg side off Chris Jordan and the batsman made the most of the respite.
Kishan, that was dropped on 40 by Ben Stokes, smashed Rashid for two successive sixes to pass 50 yet left in the same over.
Rishabh Pant made 26 off 13 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes.
Earlier, England were made to bat first and Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur claimed 2 wickets each to restrict England to 164 for six after the visitors reached 83-2 from 10 overs.
Opener Jason Roy scored 46 and place on 63 for the second wicket with Dawid Malan (24 ).
Roy, that racked up 49 in England’s opening win on Friday, lost out on another fifty after obtaining caught at deep square leg off Sundar.
Sundar struck once again in his following over to claim Jonny Bairstow for 20 and also medium-pacer Thakur shortened skipper Eoin Morgan’s keep after obtaining him caught on a slower distribution. Morgan made 28.
Ben Stokes hit 24 before being up to Thakur in the last over as India inspected the scoring by giving away just 35 runs in the last five overs.
J.J. Roy c Kumar b Sundar 46
J.C. Buttler lbw b Kumar 0
D.J. Malan lbw b Chahal 24
J.M. Bairstow c Yadav b Sundar 20
E.J.G. Morgan c Pant b Thakur 28
B.A. Stokes c Pandya b Thakur 24
S.M. Curran not out 6
C.J. Jordan not out 0
EXTRAS (B-1, LB-10, W-5) 16
TOTAL (for six wkts, 20 overs) 164
FALL OF WKTS: 1-1, 2-64, 3-91, 4-119
DID NOT BAT: T.K. Curran, J.C. Archer, Adil Rashid.
BOWLING: Kumar 4-0-28-1 (1w); Washington Sundar 4-0-29-2; Thakur 4-0-29-2 (1w); Pandya 4-0-33-0 (1w); Chahal 4-0-34-1 (2w).
K.L. Rahul c Buttler b S.M. Curran 0
Ishan Kishan lbw b Rashid 56
V. Kohli not out 73
R.R. Pant c Bairstow b Jordan 26
S.S. Iyer not out 8
EXTRAS (LB-1, W-1, NB-1) 3
TOTAL (for three wkts, 17.5 overs) 166
FALL OF WKTS: 1-0, 2-94, 3-130.
DID NOT BAT: S. Yadav, H.H. Pandya, Washington Sundar, S.N. Thakur, B. Kumar, Y.S. Chahal.
BOWLING: S.M. Curran 4-1-22-1; Archer4-0-24-0 (1w); Jordan 2.5-0-38-1; T.K. Curran 2-0-26-0; Stokes 1-0-17-0 (1nb); Adil Rashid 4-0-38-1.
RESULT: India won by seven wickets to level five-match series 1-1.
UMPIRES: A.K. Chaudhary (India) and K.N. Anathapadmanabhan (India).
TV UMPIRE: V.K. Sharma (India).
MATCH REFEREE: J. Srinath (India).
MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Ishan Kishan.
NEXT MATCH: Ahmedabad (N), Tuesday (6:30pm PST).