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India vs England: Back-to-back 50’s for Kohli, unwanted record for Rahul

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Virat Kohli notched up his second successive half-century as India mounted a late surge to reach 156/6 in the third T20I on Tuesday.

This was the first time since WT20 2016 that Kohli has hit back-to-back fifties in a T20I series.

What most impressive about the Indian captain was the way he changed gears during his innings.

His strike-rate in the first 15 balls was 93.33. From 15-30, it moved up to 120 while in the last 16 (30-46) it rocketed to 281.25

On a sluggish track, he struggled to get going but finished unbeaten 77 runs from 46 balls including 8 fours and 4 sixes.

Mark Wood marauded

0 1 6 6 4 0 – This was the end result of the 17th over by Mark Wood, who was until then England’s best bowler with figures of 22/1 in 3 overs. But Kohli’s marauding masterclass proved too much for the Englishman.

“If you’re a young batsman anywhere in the world, watch this innings again but with a notebook and a pen,” wrote former India opener, Wasim Jaffer, after his masterclass.

Kohli’s knock today (77) is the third-highest individual score in T20Is between India and England and his personal best vs England.

KL Rahul has a day to forget

Rahul opened the Indian innings and was dismissed for zero thus registering back-to-back ducks. It now means the 28-year-old has three ducks in his last four T20I innings. Before this wretched run, he had only been dismissed for naught once in his T20I career.

India posted 156/6 against England in the third T20 international of the five-match series.


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