Dubai: Team India defeated England by 7 wickets in the first warm-up match of the T20 World Cup and expressed its intentions for the tournament. Ishan Kishan made such a mess that the England team had no answer for this. Ishan scored 70 runs in 46 balls, which included 7 fours and 3 sixes. After this innings of Ishan Kishan, the tension of captain Virat Kohli has increased whether KL Rahul should be given a chance in the playing XI in the opening with Rohit Sharma or Ishan Kishan, who is creating a storm.
Ishan Kishan blew the neck
Batting first, England scored 188 for 5 in which Jonny Bairstow (49 off 36 balls) and Moeen Ali (43 not out off 20 balls) contributed significantly. For India, Mohammed Shami took three wickets for 40 runs. Rahul scored 51 runs in 24 balls with the help of 6 fours and 3 sixes, while Ishan scored 70 runs in 46 balls, which included 7 fours and 3 sixes. Both of them added 82 runs in 50 balls for the first wicket. In the end, Rishabh Pant (29 not out off 14 balls) and Hardik Pandya (16 not out off 10 balls) took the team’s score to 192 for three in 19 overs.
Ishan made a claim for the playing XI
Rohit Sharma was rested in this match and he was replaced by Ishan, who made his claim firmly. Rahul and Ishan, after sensing the conditions in the first three overs, adopted an aggressive approach. Chris Woakes dropped Ishan’s catch in the third over of the innings. When Woakes came to bowl the next over, Rahul scored 18 runs on him by hitting 3 fours and 1 six.
Ishan Kishan blew up the England team
Ishan hit two fours and a six in the next over of Mark Wood. Rahul welcomed Chris Jordan and Moeen with a six. He completed the half-century by sending Wood’s ball for four runs at extra cover, but in an attempt to hit the next ball over the cover, he gave a catch. Ishaan continued his form and ‘clean hitting’. In the 12th over of the innings, he messed up the strategy of England’s middle overs by hitting two sixes and two fours on Adil Rashid. Out of these, Ishan completed his half-century with the second six.
Suryakumar Yadav returned to the pavilion after scoring 8 runs.
Kohli made 11 runs off 13 balls and gave a simple catch at backward point on the turn taking ball of part-time spinner Liam Livingstone. In this way, England got some advantage of trying seven bowlers of Jos Buttler, who was captaining in place of Eoin Morgan. Pant started off by hitting two consecutive sixes on Moin. After this, Ishan missed two consecutive catches, but he himself left the crease to give the other batsmen a chance to practice. Suryakumar Yadav, who came in his place, however, returned to the pavilion after scoring eight runs.
Hardik Pandya did not bowl
Hardik Pandya did not bowl, but he came out to bat. India needed 20 runs in the last two overs. Hardik took the pressure off Jordan by hitting three fours. Pant hit the winning six on the ‘free hit’ on the last ball of the same over. Earlier, Kohli decided to field first after winning the toss to gauge the dew situation as India would decide their bowling combination on this basis when they open their campaign against Pakistan on October 24.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Kutai
For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah took the new ball while Shami came as the first change. While Bhuvneshwar focused on gaining momentum, Bumrah and Shami adopted a strategy to put pressure on the batsmen. Of all the three fast bowlers, however, Bumrah (1 for 26) proved economical while Shami proved his ability to take wickets. He did not allow Jos Buttler (18), Jason Roy (17) and Livinstone (30) to take advantage of a good start.
Rahul Chahar looted runs
Bumrah did not allow Bairstow to complete the half-century, but Bhuvneshwar could not catch the momentum till the end. He conceded 54 runs in four overs. Moeen hit four fours and then two sixes in his last three balls and maintained his IPL form. Ravindra Jadeja and Varun Chakraborty are set to get the responsibility of the spin department in the main matches and in such a situation, there is a contest between Ravichandran Ashwin and Rahul Chahar for the third spinner. Experienced Ashwin made a good effort to curb the batsmen in the middle overs. Chahar bowled David Malan (18), but gave 43 runs in four overs. Livingstone took 17 runs in his one over.
India’s next match against Australia
India will play their next warm-up match against Australia on Wednesday while England will face New Zealand. Australia beat New Zealand by three wickets in another warm-up match on Monday. New Zealand scored 158 runs for seven wickets. Australia achieved the target in 19.5 overs for the loss of seven wickets.