India vs England: Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul brought down the total of 189 like a video game batting performance. Moeen Ali extending his IPL performance gave England the desired target of 188 runs.
Being in UAE and chasing are a married couple, they go together. Doing exactly that when India won the toss. Buttler(18) and Roy(17) gave England a nice cushion to start with but Mohammed Shami struck twice giving India an ideal powerplay.
Middle overs went silent because Ashwin was in his rhythm and when that happen we have seen how frustrating he can be for the opponent. He was really not giving anything to the English batters with maintaining his economy under 6 an over.
It looked like the struggling middle over will be sufficient to keep the score down, however, Liam Livingstone(30) and Jonny Bairstow(49) got into the act to dismiss India in the death overs. Looking at the pace attack only Jasprit Bumrah survived having an excellent economic rate.
Bhuvnesh Kumar particularly had a nightmare giving 54 runs in his four overs. Although Having picked up three wickets, the third one being Livingstone’s, he was expensive. Rahul Chahar too picked up the No.1 T20 batter, Dawid Malan(18), but giving runs at a rate of 10.75 runs was a bit too much.
Having with an IPL winning team and performing in the finals, Moeen Ali(43) was flowing with confidence. His innings of 43* in 20 balls sailed England to a comfortably defendable score.
Chasing a target this big in UAE is a challenge for any team of any caliber. However, the Indian opening pair prepared a base so solid that the target seemed like a video game. KL Rahul(51) was the aggressor while Ishan Kishan(70) followed with even more fire power after the 12th over where he attacked Rashid without mercy.
Getting a breakthrough seemed like the only way for England to have any sort of hope and Mark Wood struck in the 9th over to dismiss Rahul just after his fifty. Skipper continues his low-scoring slump as Livingstone took his wicket.
Say about luck and Ishan Kishan was retired hurt which lit up England’s eye on a win. However, the DC skipper, Rishabh Pant(29), smashed England like they were a local team to make an end to an exciting contest.
David Willey, the England T20 specialist, was effective with the ball however only getting three overs because the match ended in the 19th over. Other than him only Livingstone was decent. England lacked the sharpness they would have wanted.
Suryakumar Yadav(8) got out early but nothing to worry, while Hardik Pandya(12) was unbeaten to finish the game with Pant.