Cricket: Debutant Ishan Kishan, Virat Kohli power India to T20 win over England

A belligerent 56 off 32 balls from India debutant Ishan Kishan and an unbeaten 73 from captain Virat Kohli has helped the hosts to a commanding seven-wicket win over England in the second Twenty20 International in Ahmedabad.

Kishan, 22, smashed leg-spinner Adil Rashid for two consecutive sixes to get past fifty as India made short work of a 165-run target, to win with 13 balls to spare and level the five-match series at 1-1.

India's chase of England's 164-6 got off to a shaky start when Sam Curran sent back opener KL Rahul in the first over without scoring, but it did not curb Kishan's aggression - the left-hander hitting five fours and four sixes in total.

There was plenty of entertainment for the sizeable crowd at the world's biggest cricket stadium, with most fans not wearing masks in the stands, as Kohli and Kishan added 94 in nine overs.

Rishabh Pant came in after the dismissal of Kishan, who was dropped by Ben Stokes on 40 off Rashid, and continued to pummel England's bowlers with a 13-ball 26, during which he hit two sixes and an identical number of fours.

Kohli, who also survived a dropped chance by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler on 10 off Chris Jordan, sealed the win with a four and a six in successive balls to also get past 3,000 runs in T20 internationals in the process.

Ishan Kishan scored a blistering fifty.
Ishan Kishan scored a blistering fifty. Photo credit: Reuters

Jason Roy once again top-scored for England with a 35-ball 46, following up on his knock of 49 in their win in the first match last week.

Put in to bat, the right-hander gave the touring side a steady start with a 63-run stand for the second wicket with Dawid Malan after the loss of opening partner Buttler to seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on the first delivery he faced.

Roy hit four fours and two sixes in his knock, before holing out in the deep from spinner Washington Sundar, who also sent back the dangerous Jonny Bairstow for 20.

Fast bowler Shardul Thakur pegged back England's hopes of a flourishing finish by dismissing opposition captain Eoin Morgan and Stokes, as India conceded just 35 off the last five overs.

The third match of the series will be played on Wednesday.