After completely getting annihilated in the first match, King Kohli and co. returned back to form in the second match of the series. This time it was the hosts who dominated the entire game and won the match to level the series 1-1.
India won the toss and chose to bowl. The team was playing with only five bowlers with Hardik Pandya being the fifth one. Although Pandya remained wicketless, his bowling wasn’t disappointing. He conceded 33 runs in the 4 overs he bowled. Bhubaneswar Kumar and Shardul Thakur bowled beautifully in the death overs to restrict England to 164/6. Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur picked up 2 wickets each while Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar picked up one wicket each. For England, everyone except Jos Butler contributed with the bat with Jason Roy 44 being the highest individual score of the innings.
The only disappointing part for Indian fans in the second innings came in the first over itself. When KL Rahul got out on yet another duck. But after that Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan took the game away with their aggressive batting. The latter in particular was brilliant to watch. Kishan scored a blistering 28 ball 50 in his debut. He was however struck LBW just four balls later due to a missed reverse sweep on a ball from Adil Rashid. Rishabh Pant then came on to bat. And with his useful 13 balls 26 runs cameo, the match was already in India’s court. Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli then chased off the remaining runs with 13 balls left. Virat Kohli also scored a fifty in the match.
Ishan Kishan was adjourned Man of the Match for his brilliant knock. Unfortunately, Suryakumar Yadav who was also debuting in the match didn’t get a chance to show off his skills.