David Willey bowled a tight spell of 4-0-18-1 © Get
David Willey bowled a tight spell of 4-0-18-1 © Get

India failed to post a good total in the second T20I against England, at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. The hosts bowled to a tight line and length to restrict India to only 148. India lost three wickets inside the Powerplay as the bowlers made sure they kept the pressure till the end, picking up two more wickets.

David Willey showcased some impressive swing bowing in the first over, conceding only 1. On the last ball of the next over, debutant Jake had Rohit Sharma for 5 when the latter tried to pull a short-pitched ball and top-edged it up in the air; Jos Buttler took an easy catch. Shikhar Dhawan was unlucky to get run out at the non striker’s end; Dhawan, hit on the elbow, tried to sneak in a single and almost managed it till but the bat slipped from his hand and he fell short.

The in-form KL Rahul was bowled by off Liam Plunkett bowling.  for 6 in the same over. India registered their lowest Powerplay total (31 for 3). The English bowlers maintained the pressure conceding only 21 in the next 4 overs. India also recorded their lowest 10-over total (52) against England in T20Is.

Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli added 57 for the fifth wicket. Adil Rashid, in the 13th over, got rid of Raina for a 20-ball 27. Trying to use his feet, Raina failed to read the googly and was stumped by Buttler. This was the first time Raina was stumped in T20I.

MS Dhoni and Kohli made sure that the runs kept flowing by running twos. They added 32 to the sixth wicket before Kohli was caught brilliantly by Joe Root, who tumbled forward at deep fine-leg to give Willey a wicket.

Hardik Pandya had exploded a good cameo in the second T20I against Ireland, but did not get much of a strike today. Dhoni went after Ball, and India got up to a fighting total after taking 22 off the last over. Willey and Plunkett were the most economical bowlers for England, with 2 for 35 between them, from 8 overs.

Brief Score

India 148 for 5 in 20 overs [Virat Kohli 47 (38), MS Dhoni 32*(24); Liam Plunkett 4-0-17-1] vs England