Twitter Reactions: Late blitz from MS Dhoni propels India to a respectable 148

India, at one stage, were tottering at 22/3 in 4.5 overs.

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Liam Plunkett celebrates a wicket. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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The second T20I between India and England is underway at the Sophia Gardens. After a thumping victory, the Men in Blue would’ve hoped for another strong performance with the bat. Virat Kohli, unlike the last time, didn’t win the toss and hence had to bat first. The start wasn’t a joyous one as Rohit Sharma was nipped out early by debutant Jake Ball, who replaced Moeen Ali in the playing eleven.

Shikhar Dhawan started with a scorching boundary down the leg side, but he perished to a shambolic mix-up. Eoin Morgan dislodged the bails after which the third umpire completed the formalities. In the same over, Liam Plunkett delivered the body blow with the scalp of KL Rahul, who has been in a league of his own ever since he began opening the batting in this year’s IPL.

Virat and Raina steady the ship

The onus was then on Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli to shake their team out of their funk. The duo didn’t panic and put on a partnership of 57 runs from 45 balls. The panic button on England’s part was about to be pressed when Adil Rashid pulled a rabbit out of the hat and bamboozled the left-handed Raina. The left-hander charged at him but missed the leather. Jos Buttler took off the bails without any fuss.

At the other end, Kohli trod the patient route, but there wasn’t any shortage of aplomb on his part. With seven overs, remaining, he was required to shepherd the innings. MS Dhoni was his new partner and the wicketkeeper-batsman started with a stylish boundary through square leg. He took minimum risks to start with and put on 32 runs in 29 balls. The Blue Army desperately needed some impetus.

In the 17th over, they lost Kohl, who went for a pull off David Willey but mistimed the stroke. Joe Root completed a low catch. In the last over, Ball conceded 22 runs courtesy of four boundaries from Dhoni. The final over blitz lifted the visiting team to 148 runs in 20 overs.

Here is how Twitter reacted

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