Eoin Morgan: “At the half way stage we were about par. I thought India bowled well and full credit to them. We didn’t manage to counter that but one of the biggest things for us today is we don’t get many opportunities to play on slow wickets so we want to take the opportunity to learn. I think statistically it is easier batting second, tonight there was no dew around and full credit to India for batting well.”
The tables turned almost exactly in this game, with India dominant. England, Roy apart, struggled to make good on their start. India, well, they’ve turned the earth and found another superstar in Ishan Kishan. Add to that a 13-ball star turn from Pant, batting from Kohli that shows just why he is the best, a couple of crucial drops from England and a handful of bowlers not at the best, and it all adds up to a thrashing. Utterly intriguing to see what will happen next.
India win by 7 wickets! Kohli 73 not out.
17.5 overs: India 166-3 (Kohli 73, Shreyas 8) Kohli wins it with a six – pure nonchalance over fine leg! Earlier in the over he had tried to paste a Jordan full toss but only managed a single. He rights the ship with a charming just charming wristy-flick for four before finishing things off with that six. The king of the chase rules supreme, whilst picking up his 3000th T20 run.
India win with 13 balls to spare and the five-match series is all square.
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17th over: India 154-3 (Kohli 62, Shreyas 7) India need 165 to win. Archer comes back, they knock a couple of singles, then Kohli drives uppishly through cover, doesn’t quite time it, still soars: four, Archer’s comeback is a vicious, searing bouncer, that Kohli ducks then gives a respectful nod.
16th over: India 147-3 (Kohli 56, Shreyas 6) India need 165 to win. Super ball from Rashid, Kohli misses and Buttler smartly removes the bails. On the replay, it is close, really close, but the shadow of a shoe peeks over the line. Buttler mutters darkly through his helmet, but whatever Kohli says makes him smile. Kohli is suddenly uncharacteristically jittery. Nice final over by Rashid.
15th over: India 143-3 (Kohli 54, Shreyas 4) India need 165 to win. Tom Curran, headband heavy over his forehead, doesn’t have to deal with Pant or Kishan, but he does have to deal with Kohli. He reaches fifty with the most dreamy, effortless, charming six you could dream of whilst lying in silken sheets in a sun-dappled glade. Kohli swings and misses and that’s the over. India need 24 from 30.
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14th over: India 133-3 (Kohli 46, Shreyas 2) India need 165 to win. Jordan returns, after that over that cost 12 earlier in the innings. Pant tees off through extra over for four. And again, more wildly, full swing of the bat for six, before finally falling to the one ball he doesn’t throw the kitchen sink at. One a ball is fine now.
WICKET! Pant c Bairstow b Jordan 26
After dispatching Jordan for 10 in two balls, Pant chips him in to deep mid wicket where Bairstow doesn’t drop them. A perfect cameo of 26 from 13 balls.
13th over: India 119-2 (Kohli 44, Pant 16) India need 165 to win. Curran scurries onward as only he can. He keeps the boundaries at bay, varying his pace, until the last ball of his spell which is pumped by Pant on his toes over cover for four.
12th over: India 111-2 (Kohli 42, Pant 10) India need 165 to win. Ping! Pant kneels and hoists Rashid over midwicket, earning a hug from Kohli and more gushing adulation from the crowd. Steps back, cuts, and sends Kohli through for a single. A bit more pitter, patter follows. Pant beats a smart throw from Jason Roy. England still on their toes in the field.
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11th over: India 99-2 (Kohli 38, Pant 2) India need 165 to win. Sammy Curran comes back, Kohli and Pant bat a quintet of singles and England take a breath.
10th over: India 94-2 (Kohli 35, Pant 0) India need 165 to win. Kishan kneels and swings at Rashid, for six. He goes to fifty next ball with another six, bucket and spaded to infinity and beyond. And he barely looks old enough to shave. Rashid gets his revenge with the last ball, but that’s a debut stamped in multi-coloured lights. And as Kishan leaves, Pant arrives.
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WICKET! Kishan lbw Rashid 56
Reverse-sweeping, misses and is caught on the back pad. What an innings – five fours, four sixes, 32 balls. Kishan wants to review, Kohli permits it, but it is umpire’s call, clipping off stump.
9th over: India 80-1 (Kohli 35, Kishan 42) India need 165 to win. Archer brings some control at last. varying the pace, beating Kishan with a rapid bouncer (it’s a wide). Just five from the over.
8th over: India 75-1 (Kohli 32, Kishan 41) India need 165 to win Now we have Rashid. Kishan picks up a couple then prods at the wrong’un. Next ball is swept between the two fielders for four, knees, timing, stretch, perfection This is some finger-kissing debut. Next ball, Ben Stokes drops him, a dolly, falls through his hands, bounces off his chest and tumbles to the ground. The lights – must have been the lights.
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7th over: India 66-1 (Kohli 31, Kishan 34) India need 165 to win Morgan throws his cards in the air and comes up with Stokes. A couple to Kohli before Stokes oversteps and with the freehit, Kohli lifts a casual outside edge which flies way over third man for six deep into the crowd. Kishan then savagely pulls him over deep square leg for six more. In the middle Kohli and Kishan pause for a chat, they seem to find the situation hilarious.
6th over: India 50-1 (Kohli 22, Kishan 27) India need 165 to win Tom Curran is greeted by Kishan wellying him over long-on for six. A dot, then a flaying through the covers for another boundary. Four more off the last ball, a short one sent behind square to bring up India’s fifty . Morgan holding Adil Rashid back, possibly because of Kishan’s reputation against spin. But 16 off the over suggests he’s not too bad against medium pace either.
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5th over: India 34-1 (Kohli 21, Kishan 12) India need 165 to win Ooof, Chris Jordan replaces Sam Curran, Kohli swishes, edges behind, and is dropped by Buttler who dives with both gloves. A couple more singles follow, before Kohli, beautifully, pulls again, up-ishly but safe. A couple more off the last ball and a handy 12 from the over. Will England rue that drop?
4th over: India 22-1 (Kohli 10, Kishan 11) India need 165 to win I don’t want to go all gushy but that was pull perfection from Kohli, wristy, swively, spectator joy. Archer, double-chained, then beats him with a 146kph bouncer
3rd over: India 15-1 (Kohli 4, Kishan 11) Kishan pulls Curran from the top of the bat for a high-flying four. Curran, whose new hairstyle is glued to his head like an old-fashioned action man, has either had an accident with a bottle of bleach or has spent serious amounts of time in the sun. Five singles.
2nd over: India 6-1 (Kohli 1, Kishan 5) India need 165 to win Kishan glances at Jofra Archer and tissue papers his first down for four. Kohli avoids his fourth duck in five innings with a little leg-push for a single.
1st over: India 0-1 (Kohli 0, Kishan 0) India need 165 to win A perfect start by Sam Curran who serves up five dots before snaring Rahul. Who can say no to a wicket maiden? From the dug-out Kohli stares through his grill
“Rhyming cricketing names is a tough one, although I suppose the place to search would be a list of Sri Lankan cricketing names” says Peter Rowntree. “But one playing today who qualifies would be the Western Australian player, Cameron Gannon. So, one more for the team.”
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WICKET! KL Rahul c Buttler b S Curran 0
Rahul, frustrated after five dots from the first five balls, fishes outside off stump and it is a simple catch for Buttler.
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The debutant, and pleasingly rhyming, Ishan Kishan will …not…face the first ball, which will be bowled by Sam Curran.
“A par score” thinks Nasser Hussain. “The change England have made looks good, Tom Curran looks the right sort of bowler for this pitch.”
Dinesh Kathik says “ It is a decent total but not a match winning total. The English bowlers have the template right there, cutters and slower balls.”
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20th over: England 164-6 (Jordan 0, S Curran 6) Stokes fumes at the non-striker’s end after missing an off-cutter. He stands and swots emptily at the third and is out to the fourth. Only a swatted four from Sam Curran off the last ball brings England any sweetness. Smashing over by Thakur and a great recovery by India’s bowlers in the last quarter of. the innings. Time for a quick drink before the fun starts again.
WICKET! Stokes c Pandya b Thakur 24
A frustrated Stokes, unable to get the ball away in this final over, mistimes a pull to long-on and the ball falls into the hands of the waiting Pandya
19th over: England 158-5 (Stokes 23, S Curran 2) Not a boundary to be had off Bhuvneshwar until Stokes takes aim and switches the ball straight back past a diving umpire. Smart reactions. A single ensures Stokes will face the final over.
18th over: England 149-5 (Stokes 14, S Curran 2) Morgan beaten by a slower ball from Thakur. Clever bowling. Stokes and Curran pick up the tempo, smart singles, then three from an angled slice to backward point.
WiCKET! Morgan c Pant b Thakur 28
Reaching for a wide one, Morgan toe-ends the ball vertically and into the gloves of the waiting Pant.
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