The Indian team produced a brilliant outing in the second T20I of the three-game series against England, beating the hosts by 49 points in Birmingham. With the victory, India sealed the T20I series – having already won the first game at the Rose Bowl on Thursday. India produced a dominant outing in game two with the side going 170/8 in 20 overs after being asked to bat. The bowlers then shone as they knocked out the hosts on just 121 with three overs to spare.
The game also saw the return of top teams like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja to the XI. All four players were rested for the first T20I; while Bumrah, Pant and Jadeja made key contributions, Kohli’s poor pass with the bat continued in the game’s shortest format.
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Arriving at No. 3, Kohli was sent off on 1 as he was caught by Dawid Malan. However, when India took to the field to chase England, Kohli – as usual – remained a key presence. At one point during the match, the 33-year-old Indian star also interacted with the crowd as he stood on the long boundary. Kohli even danced with the fans between deliveries.
Earlier, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-15) rocked England early in their 171 chase, knocking out Jason Roy with the first ball and then his England co-opener and captain Jos Buttler, before Yuzvendra Chahal (2-10 ) steps in with two wickets to leave the home side struggling at 55-5.
Moeen Ali (35) and David Willey (33) kept England afloat with entertaining cameos but a flurry of wickets meant they were knocked out for 121 in 17 overs.
In India’s batting innings, a 46 from 29 balls by Ravindra Jadeja helped India to a commanding 170-8 finish.
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