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Kishan flays England in debut as India level series

India’s 2016 U-19 World Cup winning captain Ishan Kishan justified the hype surrounding him smashing a 28-ball half century in debut to sink England in the second Twenty20 International on Sunday.

Kishan came to replace Shikhar Dhawan as India responded to calls to include the Mumbai Indians batsman for his IPL and domestic cricket exploits. The opener then paid back the faith laying the foundation for India’s seven-wicket victory that saw the hosts squared the five-match series at 1-1.

Chasing England’s modest 164-7, India answered with 166-3 in 17.5 overs after skipper Virat Kohli also made amends for his duck in the previous game by completing a 35-ball half century.

The Indian chase jolted when KL Rahul fell for duck to Sam Curran in the last ball of the first over. In came Kishan to get off the mark with a boundary off Jofra Archer of the first ball he faced.

He punished Tom Curran smacking the bowler for two fours and a six to overtake Kohli. The Southpaw hammered Adil Rashid for two consecutive sixes to reach his first Twenty20 International half century and fell to the same bowler in the final ball of the 10th over.

The last one year Ishan has proved himself as perfect Twenty20 opener. PHOTO: BCCI

But Ishan had his job done as Indian collected 94 runs on the half-way mark. Kohli, who took less strike, Tom Curran for a six to complete his 26th Twenty20 International half century.

Kohli sealed the game in style with a six off Chris Jordan and reached 3000 Twenty20 International runs. He was unbeaten on a 49-ball 73 that included five fours and three sixes.    

England had an identical start after Bhuvneshwar Kumar trapped Jos Buttler leg before with an in-swinger for a duck in the third ball of their innings. Jason Roy then added 63 runs with No 3 Dawid Malan (24) but they lost the latter to Yuzvendra Chahal.

Just when time came for Roy to switch to extra aggression gear, then Washington Sundar had him caught by Kumar as the opener fell just four runs short of half century.

After two consecutive ducks, Kohli has hit back form for India. PHOTO: BCCI

Roy was also out for 49 when England had chased down India’s 124-7 in just 15.3 overs in the first Twenty20 International. He struck four sixes and two sixes in Sunday’s 35-ball innings.  

The English middle order did get the start but India prevailed every time they had tried to up the ante. Skipper Eoin Morgan scored a 20-ball 28, Ben Stokes contributed 21-ball 24 and Jonny Bairstow made 15-ball 20. Both Morgan and Malan hit four boundaries apiece.

Sundar and Shardul Thakur took two wickets each for India. The next Twenty20 International is on Tuesday.

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