It was spectacular: Stuart Board praises India’s performance in the second T20I

Stuart Board was impressed with the shots played by debutant Ishan Kishan in his 94-run partnership with skipper Virat Kohli in the second T20I between India and England.

The hosts registered a comfortable win while chasing 165 run target with seven wickets and more than two overs to spare, to level the five-match series 1-1. Ishan Kishan received the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his brilliant 56 off 32 balls. The left-hander attacked the England bowlers early on in the game with a watchful Kohli joining in much later.

Stuart Broad hailed some of the shots played by Kohli and Kishan while speaking about India’s performance in the second T20I.

“It was spectacular batting; it did look like batting got a little bit easier, but that doesn’t take anything away from the style of the cricket shots that were played. It was beautiful to watch, to be honest. And that’s quite hard to say as an England fan,” Stuart Broad said on Sky Sports.

According to the fast bowler, England set up a competitive score, as the pitch didn’t look easy to bat on. However, India’s won the game with more than two overs to spare.

In this regard, Stuart Broad said, “England set a competitive total; they might have wanted a few more, but it did look like the pitch was quite hard to score in the initial stages. But India pretty much cruised home. As soon as Kohli gets in, he makes batting look easy. You know he is such a big wicket; they would be disappointed that they missed a chance off him, although that was an incredibly tough one for Jos Buttler.”

Playing his first game of the tour, Tom Curran conceded 16 runs in the last over of the Power play.
Stuart Broad felt the visitors could have used a different bowler for that over, as Curran helped the momentum shift in favour of India.

“Tom Curran hasn’t played a lot of cricket. It is really hard to come in T20 and hit your strap straightaway. He bowled a very tough over – the final over of the Powerplay; it’s one of the hardest ones to bowl. Maybe England can look back on that, and maybe they could have gone a slightly different route because it was almost that over where England lost the control and momentum of the game,” Stuart Broad observed.

The third match would be played in Ahmedabad on 16th March.

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