Virat Kohli blitz guides India to 86 in 10 overs against England in second T20 at Mumbai

Virat Kohli scored a 20-ball 38 to lead India’s charge against England in second T20 © Getty Images

Mumbai: Dec 22, 2012

Indian batsman Virat Kohli played a few stunning strokes to take India to 86 for three in 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.

England started well as they dismissed opener Ajinkya Rahane (3) in the second over when he played a shot straight down the throat of Joe Root at third man. Yet, the England bowlers were below par, giving away too many extras and a lot of room to a dangerous batsman like Kohli to free his arms and play his strokes.

Luke Wright, who was spanked for 20 runs by Kohli, was brought back into the attack in the ninth over after Kohli’s departure and he struck gold as he sent back Yuvraj Singh, the man-of-the-match from the first T20 at Pune, for just four runs.

Opener Gautam Gambhir kept good company for Kohli as they put on a 57-run stand for third wicket.

After 10 overs, India’s score was at 86 for three.

Earlier, England won the toss and opted to bowl first. Joe Root was handed a T20 debut in place of Danny Briggs while Rohit Sharma came in for Ravindra Jadeja.
 
 Brief Scores: India 86 for 3 in 10 overs (Virat Kohli 38, Gautam Gambhir 16* ; Jade Dernbach 1 for 13) vs England

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