Ahmedabad: Bouncing back in style, India turned the tables on England to get the better of them by seven wickets in the second T20 International here at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera on Sunday. India levelled the series 1-1 with three more matches to go.
In reply to England’s 164 for six, India coasted to the target losing just three wickets with 13 balls to spare. Captain Virat Kohli top-scored with 73 off 49 deliveries while debutant Ishan Kishan played a superb innings of 56 from just 32 balls.
Earlier, the Indian bowlers varied their pace towards the end of the England innings to restrict them to 164 for six in 20 overs.
The visitors were coasting along well at 129 for four in 15 overs and looked good for putting up a huge total. However, the immaculate line and length from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur and Hardik Pandya allowed England to get only 35 runs in the last five overs.
India started well and got rid of Jos Buttler in the very first over, but a 63-run second-wicket stand between Jason Roy (46 off 35 balls) and Dawid Malan (24 off 23 balls) put the visitors right on track.
Jonny Bairstow (20 off 15 balls), captain Eoin Morgan (28 off 20 deliveries) and Ben Stokes (24 off 21 balls) got good starts but just as they were looking to take the total forward with power-hitting, they were dismissed.
Shardul Thakur (2/29) and Washington Sundar (2/29) took two wickets each whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/28) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/34) took a wicket each.
Brief scores: England 164/6 in 20 overs (Jason Roy 46, Dawid Malan 24, Eoin Morgan 28, Ben Stokes 24; Shardul Thakur 2/29, Washington Sundar 2/29) lost to India 166/3 in 17.5 overs (Virat Kohli 73, Ishan Kishan 56) by 7 wickets