Morgan says England must learn from disappointing T20 defeat by India

Captain Eoin Morgan says England must learn from their disappointing defeat in India after hosts cruised to seven-wicket victory on slow and low Ahmedabad pitch and level T20 series

  • India levelled T20 series with England with a seven-wicket win in Ahmedabad
  • The hosts won the toss and put England into bat with Jason Roy starting strongly
  • Eoin Morgan’s side slowed down after Roy’s 46 to end their innings on 164-6
  • Fifties from Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan helped India chase down England’s total

Eoin Morgan admitted his team’s weakness had been exposed by a slow Ahmedabad pitch as England lost the second T20 against India by seven wickets.

Chasing 165, the hosts cruised home in the 18th over to square the five-match series and leave the England captain trying to rationalise the transformation in both sides’ fortunes from 48 hours earlier.

‘We want to learn as much as possible from this,’ he said. ‘I’m glad we played on this kind of wicket, but disappointed with the way we played.

Eoin Morgan admitted England’s weakness had been exposed by a slow Ahmedabad pitch

It was probably the wicket we would have predicted coming into the series: quite slow, low, and not a great deal of turn.

‘It’s one that does expose our weakness. We don’t play a lot on low, slow wickets, and the more we can do that, the better. We managed to lose wickets at different stages, and India’s batsmen got away from us quite quickly. Ishan Kishan played pretty well, and everything we tried didn’t seem to work.’

With Ahmedabad’s new stadium offering a variety of surfaces, England are expecting Tuesday’s third game to be played on one of the red-soil pitches, which in theory will offer more spin than the black-soil wickets used for the first two games. Only half-jokingly, Morgan compared the look of the red soil to ‘Ayers Rock’.

Kohli finished his innings on 73 not out as India caught up with England’s innings total of 164

That could bring Moeen Ali into the series for the first time, though England are also hopeful fast bowler Mark Wood will be available for selection after missing this game with a bruised heel.

Meanwhile, Indian captain Virat Kohli, who returned to form with 73 not out, revealed that he had tapped the brains of a respected IPL team-mate.

‘I had a special chat with AB de Villiers before this game and he told me just to watch the ball. So I did.’

Fifties from captain Kohli and Ishan Kishan (above) helped India chase down the total

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