England 164-6 20.0 overs
India 166-3 17.5 overs. India win by 7 wickets and 2.1 overs remaining
Tom Curran replaced the injured Mark Wood
Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav replaced Shikhar Dhawan and Axar Patel
England have been thoroughly beaten by India in this second T20i of the 5 match series. With half centuries from debutant Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli, defeating a poor England display.
England started badly with Jos Buttler falling for a golden duck to leave the visitors 1-1. Malan and Roy batted well to take England to 44-1 at the end of the powerplay with both struggling to find the middle of the bat on a tricky surface.
Malan swiftly fell for 24 off 23, much to the eye rolling of his regular critics. Roy however started to find the middle of the bat, finally managing to get hold of his reverse sweeps at the fifth time of asking and started to race along. Bairstow also struggled to find the middle but continued to tick along aided by a mightly swat down the ground.
Roy fell again short of his half century for 46 off 35 deliveries, toe ending a Washington Sundar short ball to deep square leg. Bairstow fell shortly afterwards to Sundar, deceived by the two pace of the pitch to leave England reeling at 119-4.
Eoin Morgan played nicely for his 28 including a beautiful lofted cover drive off his second ball before falling to Thakur. Ben Stokes further struggled along making 24 off 21. Meaning England ended their innings on 164/6.
With the two pace nature of the pitch and given all the English batsmen struggled to time the ball, the total appeared defendable. The concern being just two boundaries off the last five overs due to some superb death bowling by the Indians meant they were restricted when 180 seemed on.
England were buoyed with their start, a wicket maiden by Sam Curran, nicking off KL Rahul, who appears a shadow of his former self. Both Curran and Archer started up well with India being 22-1 off the first 4 overs.
From here on out, it became steadily more turgid; Chris Jordan first ball saw Virat Kohli dropped by Jos Buttler to a leg side change. Given Buttler got both hands to it, it was a poor drop. Jordans over would go for 10 runs.
Tom Curran is a man under pressure and understandably so. CricViz as he was given the ball tweeted that Currans IPL economy rate is the most expensive ever. Questions circling his selection are more than justified and been given the responsibility of bowling the last over of the powerplay, it was a excellent chance for Curran to prove the doubters wrong. The first ball got launched over his head for 6 runs by Kishan, with a further 10 runs being conceded from the over. India were flying.
Ben Stokes could be said to be somewhat fortunate at his lack of critics in the T20 sphere, there are concerns of his ability with the ball and bat in this format and especially whether or not he can be relied upon as a fifth bowler. Having bowled excellently two days ago; this was an altogether more torrid affair. No balls, half volleys and long hops meant that Stokes was flayed for 17 runs off his over.
Adil Rashid, was next called upon and just in case you thought India might have a wobble; Ben Stokes ended all those thoughts dropping an absolute dolly at mid-on, giving Kishan a life on 40. In Rashid's next over, he would bowl two leg stump half volleys to Kishan who dutifully complied to smear them both for six, to bring up an excellent 50. Rashid would get his man the next ball to an umpires call lbw.
From here on out, India cruised to victory. Pant would smite a six before falling to Chris Jordan, but in the end they cruised to victory with little concern. Kohli surviving a very questionable stumping chance off Rashid, where no foot appeared behind the line when the game was already won.
After the highs of two days ago, England's weaknesses were laid bare; with Ben Stokes probably being front and centre over analysts concerns of his ability to perform in T20i.
The bowling was of particular concern; Stokes, Jordan and Tom Curran combined for 5.5overs for 81 runs; a dismal display.
Roy, Archer and Sam Curran being the three standout performers for England today, it was not all doom and gloom.
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