Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli win the partnership of the match and hold a giant cheque looking very much like Jedi and Jedi in training.
Kohli, “We ticked all the boxes we wanted to especially with the ball. It was very smart bowling by all our bowlers, special mentions to Washy. All in all very, very, happy and then very, very happy with the bat too. It did come onto the bat better in the second innings, just a little bit of dew, just enough for the ball to come onto the bat a bit better. Special mention to Ishan , I do what I can but he totally took the game away from the opposition. When you play in the IPL with such dominance like he does, he’s a fearless character, we had a conversation out in the middle where he understood and analysed the game very smartly. He was calculated but not reckless.
[about his bad run]I had to shift the focus back to the basics of the game, probably thinking of too many other variables, but I’ve always taken pride on doing the job for the team. The management spoke to me about things, when you have your family with you they keep your focussed. I had a special chat with AB de Villiers before this game and he told me to watch the ball so that’s what I did!”
Eoin Morgan: “At the half way stage we were about par. I thought India bowled well and full credit to them. We didn’t manage to counter that but one of the biggest things for us today is we don’t get many opportunities to play on slow wickets so we want to take the opportunity to learn. I think statistically it is easier batting second, tonight there was no dew around and full credit to India for batting well.”
The tables turned almost exactly in this game, with India dominant. England, Roy apart, struggled to make good on their start. India, well, they’ve turned the earth and found another superstar in Ishan Kishan. Add to that a 13-ball star turn from Pant, batting from Kohli that shows just why he is the best, a couple of crucial drops from England and a handful of bowlers not at the best, and it all adds up to a thrashing. Utterly intriguing to see what will happen next.
17.5 overs: India 166-3 (Kohli 73, Shreyas 8) Kohli wins it with a six – pure nonchalance over fine leg! Earlier in the over he had tried to paste a Jordan full toss but only managed a single. He rights the ship with a charming just charming wristy-flick for four before finishing things off with that six. The king of the chase rules supreme, whilst picking up his 3000th T20 run.
India win with 13 balls to spare and the five-match series is all square.