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Ind vs Eng, 2nd T20I: India beat England by 5 runs in last-ball thriller, level series 1-1

India TV Sports Desk New Delhi 29 Jan 2017, 22:51:47 IST
India TV Sports Desk

Indian today pulled off a convincing 5 runs win against visiting England in the do or die match at Nagpur. Thus, the three match series is now levelled 1-1.

Seamers Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra bowled tight overs to restrict the Englishmen well within the given target of 145 runs.

The match was a crucial one for the hosts as they were facing the prospect of a series defeat.

Riding on the sensational performances of its two fast bowlers Nehra (4/28 in 4 overs) and Bumrah (2/20 in 4 overs), India managed a much needed comeback in the series. Now, the third and final match will be the series decider.

Earlier, put in to bat, India posted 144/8 on the score board.

Openers Virat Kohli and Rahul started the innings cautiously by playing the ball to its merit.

Rahul, who seemed to be in good nick, played his regular shots and signalled his return to form while incoming batsman Yuvraj Singh failed to step up to the occasion, being sent packing in the 11th over while trying a sweep to spinner Moeen Ali.

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 Ben Strokes at deep mid-wicket. 

For England, Jordan scalped 3-22 to be the most successful while Mills, Ali and Rashid chipped in with a wicket each.