Have you ever seen cycles falling one after one when you kick the first cycle in the row of a cycle stand? Well, if you haven’t then you should have watched England’s innings in the last T20I played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. They lost 8 wickets in just 19 balls adding mere 8 runs. 8 wickets for just 8 runs feels like English team were playing Gully Cricket, when mother of the guy who owns the bat calls him in 5 minutes “5 minute mai ghar aaja” and others start batting in a hurry to let everyone bat.
Eoin Morgan remained lucky with the coin for the third time. The coin flipped in his favor again and he decided to let India keep away from what they are best at, and that is chasing. Don’t get confused with bargaining for 5 rupees and adjusting 5 people in a seat of 3 of a rickshaw; yes I know we are best at it too.
Indian innings started like it always does. They yet again got early shock as Virat Kohli failed to get back in his crease before Jordan did enough to turn the stumps lights on. Except people from Uttar Pradesh, no one was happy to see that light (no offence). It was actually Rahul’s call which eventually ended Kohli’s innings. Rahul must be wearing Rohit Sharma’s jersey inside, not sure though.
India managed to score 202 even after being 78/2 in 10 overs. All credit goes to Raina, Dhoni and Chris Jordan’s half centuries. Apart from these three, it was Yuvraj who changed everything in just one over of Chris Jordan; hitting him for 3 sixes and one four. However, the way Yuvi got dismissed was funny and reminded me of online sales on shopping sites; where we expect high discounts but all we get is Stuart Binny level of discount.
Talking about two brilliant innings of two good friends, Raina and Dhoni reminded us of IPL. Raina finally scored as much runs as he gained weight in last few months and Dhoni scored his first fifty in T20I after a long wait. The span of time Dhoni took to score his first fifty was equal to Punjabis live in Canada, too high.
On the other side, visitors showed some fight with the bat and were way ahead than India in comparison of runs till 10th over. Roy once against impressed with his batting but he couldn’t convert the start to a big innings which you always want someone to, especially when you have a mountain of runs to climb. Except Joe Root’s languid and Eoin Morgan’s retaliating innings there is nothing to talk about English team’s batting. Five of England’s batsmen got out on duck. The last time I saw so many ducks together was when Pakistani batsmen were swimming together.
The game was all about India’s dominance. After Indian batsmen, Indian bowlers shattered the England team to clinch the Twenty20 International series 2-1. Yuzvendra Chahal picked up 6/25, earlier he missed an easy run-out and heard some magical words from Dhoni. Usually we see Dhoni calm and silent but this time even he lost his cool. However, the run-out didn’t cost India as Chahal performed 4x better than what we expected. The foundation was laid by Amit Mishra, the unsung hero of Indian team. He managed to keep English batsmen silent like Manmohan Singh when all the bowlers were treating them like Modi and hitting them out of the park. The collapse was triggered by Amit Mishra with an over of just 3, and Raina conceded 22 runs in the over before it.
Mishra ji set the foot but it was Chahal who dismantled the English line-up with his spell. It was really a 6xy performance by him. England were too lazy to see the ball and strike it in the right areas. However, India did their bit to make the match more interesting and give England a chance by bring Hardik Pandya to bowling, but they couldn’t make the most of it.
The Man of the Match was needless to mention, Yuzvendra Chahal. Those who failed to predict it right are the same people who think chemical name of salt is Colgate (toothpaste).