India v England 2nd T20I: IND win last-ball thriller by 5 runs
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India produced an inspired bowling display to deny England their first limited-overs series in the country since 1984, winning the second Twenty-20 International (T20I) here on Sunday by five runs. India posted 144/8 after being sent into bat in the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium. England, seemingly in control, faltered at the end to be restricted to 139/6. Young pacer Jasprit Bumrah bowled an inspired last over, conceding only two runs, to deny England a victory. He finished the match with figures of 20/2 in his four overs, giving away only three runs in the 18th over.
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Veteran pacer Asish Nehra (3/28) also contributed to India's win. England won the first match of the three-match series by seven wickets at Kanpur. The third match is at Bengaluru on February 1. Sam Billings (12) got England going in the run chase with two huge sixes of leg-spinner Yuzvender Chahal in the third over. But Nehra struck twice in the next over, having Billings (12) caught by Bumrah at fine leg in the first ball and then induced a leading edge of Jason Roy (10) in the next ball to be caught at mid-on by Suresh Raina.
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Earlier, India posted a paltry total. Opener K.L. Rahul (71) was the top scorer for the hosts while Manish Pandey contributed with a crucial 30 runs. Put in to bat, Indian openers Virat Kohli and Rahul started the innings cautiously by playing the ball to its merit. After four overs, Kohli, who slammed 21 runs in 15 balls, failed to continue his aggressive batting as he was dismissed by pacer Chris Jordan. Jordan bowled a slower and wider ball, to which Kohli stepped out for a lofted shot but ended up getting caught at long-on to Liam Dawson.
The fall of Yuvraj's wicket brought in Manish Pandey, who along with Rahul helped the hosts to get past 100-run mark in the 14th over. Both batsmen forged a 56-run fourth-wicket partnership before Rahul was caught by Strokes at deep mid-wicket. Jordan bowled a slower delivery on the off-stump to end an impressive 47-ball knock of Rahul. Mahendra Singh Dhoni then joined Pandey and together they made their intentions clear right from the beginning of their partnership.
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For England, Jordan scalped 3-22 to be the most successful while Mills, Ali and Rashid chipped in with a wicket each. Brief score: India: 144/8 (K.L.Rahul 71, Manish Pandey 21; Chris Jordan 3-22), England 139/6 (Joe Root 38, Ben Stokes 38; Asish Nehra 3/28)