Hales steers England to thrilling T20 win vs India
Jul 13 2018
Rohit Sharma's elegant unbeaten century made it a walk in the park for India as they cruised to a seven-wicket victory against England to clinch the three-match T20 worldwide series 2-1. The 24-year-old returned career-best figures of 4/38.
Pandya bowled 11 dot balls in the middle overs and accounted for the wickets of Alex Hales (30; 24b; 3x4; 2x6), skipperEoin Morgan (6), comeback man Ben Stokes (14) and Jonny Bairstow (25; 14b, 2x4, 2x6) to not allow England to build on their solid start.
India rarely looked troubled in their run-chase, despite losing Shikhar Dhawan early to a superb, low catch from Ball at short fine leg. India reached the 50-run mark in just under five overs.
0's and 70's saw India utilise the supple wrist of Bhagwat Chandrasekar to achieve their first series win against England in their backyard as well as push strong sides like Australia and the West Indies to the brink. So to trouble the Indian side, bowlers need to stop the flow of runs towards the end and top-order batsmen need to click.
Where will India vs England 3rd T20 global matches be telecast? The kind that took one back to the era of India's magical spin quartet and that of the modern master Shane Warne - luring the batsman to doom.
However, Pandya took 20 runs from the 18th over - bowled by Ball - to put India ahead of the run-rate and turn the match firmly in their favour.
Leaving their previous mistakes behind which they committed in the first T20I, the English bowlers came accurate with the line and length as they struck at regular intervals to deny the visitors post a challenging total on batting-friendly wicket. England win this one by 5 wickets and its all to play for on Sunday.
Five - MS Dhoni's five catches in England's innings was a new Twenty20 worldwide record - and the veteran wicketkeeper added a run-out from the last ball for good measure. He was dismissed by debutant Deepak Chahar in the 10th over of the innings.
Kuldeep twice pulled out in his delivery stride - apparently to offset movement being made in the crease by the batsman - as did seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, sparking a minor confrontation with England all-rounder David Willey.
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In the next ball, Roy brought up his fifty in style, slapping Chahal for a six over long-on. Roy and Buttler stitched together 94-run partnership for the first wicket. Things slowed down after the fall of Jason Roy who scored 67 runs in just 31 balls hitting seven sixes and in the quest to get a very big total, the middle order tried too hard which brought about their downfall. A 2-1 victory wouldn't be enough as that would keep England on 125 points and India on 123.