England Test paceman Stuart Broad got impressed with the way India paced their chase in the second T20I against his countrymen in Ahmedabad on Sunday. India cantered to a seven-wicket win in the second match of the five-game T20I series, levelling it to bounce back after an eight-wicket loss in the first. Stuart Broad agreed that the pitch got easier to bat in the second innings; however, he took nothing away from the hosts.
Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan struck half-centuries to take India past 164 in 17.5 overs. Even though India lost KL Rahul cheaply in the first innings, debutant Ishan Kishan blazed away, allowing Virat Kohli to rediscover his touch. Once Ishan Kishan perished for 56, the Indian captain began switching gears and stayed till the end, unbeaten at 73 off 49 balls. It was also Kohli bouncing back from recording two successive international ducks.
Stuart Broad underlined that it was a spectacular batting performance without taking anything away from India, even though batting got easier in the second innings. Broad highlighted that it was sensational to watch India bat and stated it’s tough to say it as an England fan.
“It was spectacular batting; it did look like batting got a little bit easier, but that doesn’t take anything away from the style of the cricket shots that were played. It was beautiful to watch, to be honest. And that’s quite hard to say as an England fan,” Broad told Sky Sports.
It did look like the pitch was quite hard to score in the initial stages: Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad claimed that England set a competitive total; however, they indeed wanted a little more runs. But the 34-year old pointed out that the home side pretty much cruised home and Virat Kohli made batting look comfortable. Broad remarked that keeper Jos Buttler would rue the chance missed but observed it was a tough take.
“England set a competitive total; they might have wanted a few more, but it did look like the pitch was quite hard to score in the initial stages. But India pretty much cruised home. As soon as Kohli gets in, he makes batting look easy. You know he is such a big wicket; they would be disappointed that they missed a chance off him, although that was an incredibly tough one for Jos Buttler,” he added.