Virat Kohli was left to regret the loss of early wickets as India’s seven-match winning streak in T20 Internationals came to an end in Cardiff on Friday. England won the second match by five wickets to draw level in the three-match series – the decider will be played on Sunday.England won the toss and put India in to bat. After the highs of Manchester, the visitors fumbled and made a complete mess of their innings. Rohit Sharma was dismissed cheaply and Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul followed soon thereafter.Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina tried to steady the ship but once the latter was dismissed, India never looked like posting an above par total.2nd T20I: England end India’s 7-match winning streak, series levelIn fact, India had lost their top three before the powerplay was over and that set them back considerably. Raina was fluent during his short stay but Kohli, despite a couple of sweetly timed shots, could not produce the kind of masterclass he is known for.MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya scored some quick runs towards the end but India only finished with 148 off their 20 overs – despite some stutter, England got home comfortably.MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDKohli lauded his bowlers for taking the game deep but conceded it was difficult to bounce back after the early blows.”It is always difficult to come back after losing three early wickets. England hit the right areas and made us play bad shots. We would’ve liked 10-15 runs more. We thought 149 would be competitive, especially since they had to win. But they eventually did win,” Kohli said after the match.advertisementMS Dhoni 3rd Indian after Tendulkar and Dravid to play 500 internationalsThe other siginifacnt factor in England’s victory was how they played India’s wrist-spinners. Kuldeep Yadav had snared five wickets in Manchester; in Bengaluru in 2017, Yuzvendra Chahal was their nemesis with a six-wicket haul. On Friday, Chahal conceded 1/28 off his off four overs while Kuldeep went wicketless in his four overs and gave away 34 runs.Kohli admitted England played his spinners far better.”They played Kuldeep really well today, and that was the difference in the middle overs this time. They did their homework and played Kuldeep really well. We need to get back day after. The format is cruel: Umesh was outstanding, but the final-ball boundary changed things. Those little things count. Gotta brush it aside, had a good game, but England were better than us.”India and England will play the decider in Bristol on Sunday.
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