About the Match
India registered an emphatic last-over victory in the 2nd T20 to draw level in the 3-match series against England; the two teams fought tooth and nail to gain an upper hand in the contest on Sunday, and it will be a tough battle again when they meet for the 3rd and final T20 at Bangalore on 1st February. Defending 144 runs, the Indian bowling brigade wreaked havoc on the visitors and steered the team safely to a win in a thrilling final over that saw the fans at the edge of their seats. The hosts will now try to come out with all their fire power to take on the in-form English batting.
Jasprit Bumrah’s phenomenal performance in the last over of the second innings saw him deny the English the winning runs, and along with fast-bowler Ashish Nehra, who provided the opening breakthroughs and finished with 3-28, defended 144 successfully. India with this victory has drawn level with the visitors, and the upcoming match could certainly test their determination again.
In the batting unit, KL Rahul performed well to score 71 off 47 but others like Raina, Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni failed to impress leading to a low total on board. Kohli also has not been on his personal best as an opener and they could collectively try to make amends in the crucial 3rd match that will be the series decider. In the bowling department, speedsters Bumrah and Nehra are in good form while spinners like Mishra and Chahal can outwit the English batsmen with their clever variations.
Overall, this young side has done well to keep the series alive but the batting contingent must pull up its socks to pose a serious challenge to the visitors on Wednesday.
Joe Root and Ben Stokes held their feet firmly on the ground during the chase for 145 runs but they too were stunned by the Indian speedsters, losing the contest by a close 5 runs in the last over. The duo posted 52 runs partnership for the 4th wicket when others like Billings and Roy were outsmarted by Nehra’s disciplined attack; Morgan and Buttler tried to keep the scoreboard ticking but fell under pressure in the crunch overs.
They have been in good nick with the bat and could make a comeback here; Morgan, who posted a brilliant 51 in the first match and Joe Root’s match-winning 46 in the same game, show their batting depth and they could make the Indians work hard again.
Fast-bowler Chris Jordan has been consistently taking wickets and his 3-22 along with his brilliant fielding that caused two run-outs, show he is a vital asset for the team. Spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rasid have also provided regular breakthroughs and could pull up some surprises yet again. TS Mills, the T20 specialist and expert fast-bowler, along with the experienced Ben Stokes make the English pace attack quite deadly.
It was a battle of nerves in the second match and the Indian bowlers did a fine job at securing a much-needed win; the series hangs in balance at 1-1 and the upcoming match could surely see some fireworks across the park from both sides. While England has done well with the bat, India has proved its mettle with the ball; it could be an evenly fought contest but we feel that the Indian batting power could come back to its fiery form and win the match and series on Wednesday