India level the series with a thrilling win in second T20


India beat England by 5 runs in the second T20 at VCA Stadium, Nagpur. England bowled well to restrict India to 144 but the Indian bowlers did a remarkable job to help the hosts level the series at 1-1.

England won the toss and elected to field again. The Indian openers Virat Kohli and KL Rahul gave the team a steady start putting on 30 runs for the first wicket before Virat Kohli was dismissed for 21. At the end of six overs, India was 46 for 1. Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh did not contribute too much with the bat. KL Rahul played some excellent strokes off the spinners and put pressure on the England bowlers. KL Rahul completed his half-century off 32 balls. After the dismissal of KL Rahul for 71, none of the Indian batsmen were able to score runs freely. India scored 144 for 8 in 20 overs. All the England bowlers did an excellent job to restrict the Indian batting line up.

Chasing a target of 145, Sam Billings and Jason Roy gave the team a good start putting on 20 runs. Ashish Nehra picked the wickets of the openers at the score of 22. At the end of six overs, England were 36 for 2. Eoin Morgan and Joe Root put on 43 runs for the third wicket before captain Eoin Morgan was dismissed by Mishra. Ben Stokes was bowled by Mishra but it turned out to be a no-ball. Joe Root and Ben Stokes put on 52 runs in 6.4 overs for the fourth wicket. With the situation in favour of England, Ashish Nehra and Bumrah did a great job in the last 3 overs. England needed 27 runs but then Jasprit Bumrah bowled an excellent over giving away just 3 runs. Ashish Nehra gave 16 runs in the 19th over. With only 8 runs required off the last over, Jasprit Bumrah gave away 2 runs and took 2 wickets. India won the match by 5 runs to level the series at 1-1.

For his brilliant bowling, Bumrah was named the man of the match. The series is tied at 1-1 with the decider to be played at Bengaluru on 1st February.

India 144 for 8 in 20 overs(KL Rahul 71, Chris Jordan 3/22) beat England 139 for 6(Ben Stokes 38, Joe Root 38, Ashish Nehra 3/28, Jasprit Bumrah 2/20)



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