England vs India T20 Series match highlights:
- England won by 5 wickets
- They chased down India’s 148
- Hales was unbeaten on 58
- The series is level at 1-1
The last match of the series will be played on Sunday, 8th July 2018.
A bouncy, swinging track at the Sophia Gardens treated us to an exciting match, one that went down to the last over. England ultimately came out on top after Alex Hales held his nerve in the last over to smash Bhuvaneshwar Kumar for three boundaries off the first three balls and win the second T20 of the series for England. The result means that the series will go down all the way to its last match with the decider being played tomorrow at 10 pm IST.
Coming back to the England vs India T20 Series match highlights, winning the toss and choosing to ball first meant England already had the upper hand before the first ball was bowled. Winning the toss gives you huge advantage in Cardiff, letting you make the most of the green top which is a paradise for fast bowlers with the new ball. Being rectangular in its dimensions as well, the Sophia Gardens is not the easiest ground to get accustomed to and India learned this the hard way yesterday.
Stepping out to bat, India were troubled right from the word go. Rohit Sharma found it extremely to adapt to the conditions with Willey and Ball causing him all kinds of problem, the end result being that Sharma failed to read a short one, mistiming his pull to depart for just 5. And this was how it was meant to be for the entire batting line-up. KL Rahul followed suit, his inexperience telling after he went for a big one rather than opting to play out the pacers. Enduring one of their worst powerplays in T20s saw Indian reeling at 22-3. Walking in, captain Kohli for the 100th time played the role of India’s saviour to perfection. Unfazed by whatever England threw at him, the skipper hit 47 off 38, showing all his class and superb wristwork, shining on another poor day for the Indian batsmen. Late cameos by Dhoni and Raina meant India after all their woes did manage to put up a decent score of 148.
With the score being below par, India’s bowlers took it on their shoulders to make the most out of the match. And this time the pacers stepped up to aid the spinners. With Yadav playing terminator once again, Kumar kept striking from the other end, bowling a dream spell of just 7 runs from 3 overs to give himself 11 runs to defend in the last over. However, it was not to be for India on the day as Alex Hales’ 58 off 41 sealed the match for the hosts.