India defeated England by 7 wickets and levelled the 5 matches T20I series 1-1. Virat Kohli led from the front with the bat today and anchored yet another successful run-chase. In the end, India chased the down target with 2 overs to spare and made a comeback in the series. Earlier in the match, the Indian bowlers restricted England to just a par total of 165 runs which proved to be around 20 runs short.
Here’s Who Said What? after India defeated England by 7 wickets
The Indian captain Virat Kohli was pleased with the win and admitted that his side ticked all the boxes. He also revealed that a chat with his wife Anushka Sharma and friend Ab de Villiers helped him perform better.
“We ticked all the boxes we wanted to and to give away only 34 in the last five overs is very special effort. Special mention to Washi and everyone chipped in and all in all very happy with the bowling and batting as well. It did come onto the bat a bit better in the second innings and the slower balls stopped gripped and special mention to Ishan the way he batted. I tried to do what I can but he kept following his instincts and it was a quality innings on debut”.
“When you play in the IPL with such dominance like he has and he is a fearless character and he knew that he was hitting the ball well and he is very calculated and not restless. Just kept my eyes on the ball and my wife is here and she keeps telling me a lot of things and also I had a chat with ABD before the start of the game and he just told me to watch the ball”, said Kohli.
Here’s what the losing captain of England Eoin Morgan said after the match. Morgan pointed out that Indian bowlers bowled extremely well in the first half and used the slow pitch to good effect. He then further added that the chasing side always has an advantage but they could have batted better in the first 10 overs.
“We were probably in and around par, but India bowled well and there’s slightly less pace today on the pitch. They put us on the back foot from the start and pace off the ball is always challenging for players. I am glad we played on this wicket, but little disappointed with the way we played. There’s always advantage in chasing statistically and the disappointing area is we couldn’t counter the opposition attack in the first ten overs. The two guys at the top always try and be aggressive as they can and stick with the process. We were always gonna miss him and hopefully he will be fit before the next game. We will be practicing and the next game is on red soil and there might be more turn.
Meanwhile, here’s what the player of the match Ishan Kishan who smashed a splendid half-century in his debut match said in the post-match presentation.
“Credit goes to my seniors who told me to go and express myself. It’s not easy to come and play your first game against a quality side. Mumbai Indians helped me a lot and I want to continue the momentum. Wanted to finish the game and I knew there is a senior player batting superbly at the other end. I was disappointed with the fact that I didn’t finish the game. The shot that I smashed Tom for a six off his first ball, that was special. I don’t know if I’m gonna get this feeling again (on making debut for India), but really proud and happy and I want to thank all my coaches, seniors and everyone who helped me get here. Now it’s my time to show them what I’ve got. My coach’s Dad passed away a few days back and he always said that you have to go out and score and I want to dedicate this award to him.