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LIVE: India vs England, 2nd T20I — Batting first, slow start from Kohli and Rahul


Over 6 || Score 46/1 (KL Rahul 21; Suresh Raina 3)

Suresh Raina looked out of sorts, chasing widish deliveries and missing the ball. But his partner Lokesh Rahul found the groove.

Rahul hit the fourth ball through cover for a four. Brilliant timing.

Nine runs from the over.

Over 5 || Score 37/1 (KL Rahul 15; Suresh Raina 1)

Virat Kohli departed trying to play an adventorous shot. Caught at long-on, by Liam Dawson. Good bowling from Chris Jordan. He produced a slower, and widish delivery which forced Kohli to miss his control.

WICKET: Virat Kohli c Liam Dawson b Chris Jordan 21 (15b)

That happened off the first ball of the fifth over. Suresh Raina is the new man.

But the very next ball, Lokesh Rahul hit a four through cover. Seven runs and a wicket from the over.

Over 4 || Score 30/0 (Virat Kohli 21; KL Rahul 9)

Then arrived Real Kohli. The Indian skipper played that famous punch, for a six over long-off. It looked so easy. He followed it up with a pull shot, for a four through backward square leg.

Then, a couple after playing over the cover fielder. A single followed to rotate the strike. A double to end the over, making it a 15-run over. Good over for India, Tymal Mills the bowler.

Over 3 || Score 15/0 (Virat Kohli 8; KL Rahul 7)

Umpire Shamshuddin had a huge call, and it wasn’t reviewed. Chris Jordan knew he had his man, but wasn’t to be so. Virat Kohli lucky again. It was hitting leg stump, for sure.

Another good over for England. Jordan leaked five runs in his first over.

Over 2 || Score 10/0 (Virat Kohli 7; KL Rahul 3)

Virat Kohli survived. Back of length delivery and almost ended up offering a catch to Sam Billings at third man. But it, in turn, get a four. Beaten by the pace. That happened off the third ball of the over.

Good over from Tymal Mills. The left arm pacer leaked only five runs.

Over 1 || Score 5/0 (Virat Kohli 2; KL Rahul 3)

Liam Dawson with the first over, and five runs from it. Virat Kohli faced the first over, taking a single. Lokesh Rahul took a double off the second, then two dot balls followed. Two mores singles to end the over.

Team news: Amit Mishra in for Parvez Rasool. Ashish Nehra playing, but no debut for Rishabh Pant. England also has one change, with Liam replacing Liam Dawson. 

India: Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashish Nehra

England: Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills

TOSS: England won the toss, and asked India to bat first.

England have won the toss and will field first. One change for #TeamIndia, Amit Mishra comes in for Rasool #INDvENG @Paytm

— BCCI (@BCCI) January 29, 2017


India: Virat Kohli (capt.), K L Rahul, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Parvez Rasool, Ashish Nehra, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mandeep Singh, Rishab Pant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Amit Mishra.

England: Eoin Morgan (capt.), Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills, Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Liam Dawson and David Willey.

This is a must win match for hosts India, after they were thrashed in the first match at Kanpur on Thursday.

There’s talk of boundary rope being moved back in Nagpur, and with that the importance of spinners will come into play.

Even then, with both the teams relying heavily on their batting prowess, any target lower than 160 would be considered a below par.

So, like in the ODIs, the focus will on the batsmen. And for India, the onus will be on the skipper Virat Kohli himself.

Then, there is the recurring problem with openers failing to impress. If they are brave enough, giving Rishab Pant a chance would do no harm.

There seems to be no issue with England batting.

In the bowling front, veteran Ashish Nehra struggled while Hardik Pandya was under utilised in Kanpur. Replacing Nehra with a spinner, probably Amit Mishra would be an enticing enough option for Kohli.

England are likely to stick to the same XI, the winning XI.

Welcome to our live coverage of the second Twenty20 International match between India and England, being played at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur.

Source: Zee News