Mumbai: Dec 22, 2012
After a good start by Virat Kohli, seasoned T20 batsman Suresh Raina and captain MS Dhoni tormented the England bowling attack to take India to 177 for eight in 20 overs.
Dhoni scored 38 off just 18 deliveries as he put on 60 runs off just 27 deliveries with Suresh Raina for the sixth wicket. Tim Bresnan dismissed the Indian captain in the penultimate over.
India seemed like they lost the plot in the middle overs as England bowlers tightened the noose and stopped the run flow, as they picked regular wickets until Dhoni and Raina took charge of the Indian innings.
Earlier, Indian batsman Kohli played a few stunning strokes to take India to 86 for three of 10 overs before he was trapped before the wicket by Stuart Meaker. Kohli walked back to a big applause from the stands as he entertained them with seven glorious boundaries in his innings of 38 from 20 deliveries.
But the Indian middle-order failed to consolidate on the start provided by Kohli as England chipped away at the wickets and keeping the run rate down. The hero from the first T20 match at Pune, Yuvraj Singh, failed to play a big knock as he was dismissed for four, while opener Gautam Gambhir looked out-of-sorts for his 27-ball 17. Test discard Rohit Sharma was off to a good start but a poor attempt to play across the line saw him walk back to the pavilion after scoring 24 off 19 deliveries.
Just when England bowlers were looking like they could claw their way back into this game, Dhoni and Raina demolished their bowling attack to finish with 177 for eight in 20 overs.
Brief Scores: India 177 for eight in 20 overs (MS Dhoni 38, Suresh Raina 35; Luke Wright 2 for 38, Jade Dernbach 2 for 37 ) vs England
First Published: December 22, 2012, 8:45 pm