By: Tarish Bhatt
The Indians saved the best for the last. They not only defeated England in Bengaluru, but they did in some style. The Indians batted brilliantly, took their chances on the field and bowled exceptionally well, particularly the spinners.
Calling Yuzvendra Chahal and Amit Mishra exceptional would be an understatement. On pitch, where India had scored 202 in the first innings, they bundled England 75 runs short to 127. Chew on that!
Chahal ripped through England, and produced third-best figure in T20 cricket. He took six wicket in four overs, giving away just 25 runs. Mishra, meanwhile, created pressure when England seemed like having an upper hand.
“I wanted to vary my pace and spin the ball. Managed to keep the pressure on,” Mishra said. “The way I worked with Chahal in the nets, we were discussing which areas to bowl, and how to keep the boundaries to a minimum.”
“I knew that if we didn’t leak boundaries, we would put pressure on them, that’s why I tried all my variety,” he added.
At one time, England were 119 for 2, but they lost next eight wickets for eight runs. They collapsed like a pack of cards hit by a thunderstorm, and couldn’t even play their stipulated 20 overs.
Earlier, India posted a massive score on the board, thanks to fifties from MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. Dhoni, in particular, crafted his innings to perfection. His innings featured both power and placement.
Apart from Dhoni and Raina, Yuvraj Singh and KL Rahul also made useful contributions. Yuvraj, in particular, played an important cameo to put the Indian team oncourse of reaching the 200-run mark.
“Bangalore has always been a batting paradise. It was gripping a bit, bit of spin, but batting paradise,” Yuvraj pointed out. “I think 200 is the par score because you’ve seen big chases here, big sixes.