2nd T20I: England end India’s 7-match winning streak, series level

first_imgAlex Hales starred with the bat to help England beat India in the second Twenty20 International at Cardiff to level the three-match series on Friday.England remained unbeaten in T20I matches at Cardiff and became the first team to win five games at the same venue without losing. The result also ended India’s seven-match winning streak.Chasing a modest 149 for a win, England were rocked early when Umesh Yadav removed Jason Roy and Jos Buttler early.They suffered another blow when Joe Root was clean bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal in the in the seventh over.It looked like another collapse but Hales and captain Eoin Morgan joined forces and steadied the ship with a 48-run stand for the 4th wicket.MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDJonny Bairstow (28) kept England in the game but Bhuvneshwar Kumar had other ideas as he returned in the 18th over and gave away just three runs and also picked an important wicket.However, Hales held his nerves to score 12 runs in the final over bowled by Bhuvneshwar to guide England to a five-wicket victory.Hales scored his seventh fifty and remained unbeaten on 58 off 41 deliveries, a knock that was laced with four fours and three sixes.Earlier, a disciplined England bowling attack restricted India at a moderate 148/5 at Sophia Gardens but that proved to be too much for the home team.Leaving their previous mistakes behind, the English bowlers came accurate with the line and length as they struck at regular intervals to deny the visitors post a challenging total on batting-friendly wicket.advertisementEarlier put into bat, the visitors started the proceedings on a shaky note as they lost their first three wickets – of Shikhar Dhawan (10), Rohit Sharma (5) and K.L. Rahul (6) – in quick succession.Rohit was the first to fall as he became the victim of debutant Jakes Ball and was followed by Dhawan, who failed to make his ground, before Liam Plunkett bowled out last match centurion Rahul.After the inital dismissals, which left India reeling at 22/3 in the first five overs, incoming batsman Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli slowly and steadily took their side past the 50-run mark.Just when the partnership was getting stronger as India was approaching towards the three-digit mark, Raina (27) failed to read a Adil Rashid delivery and England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler took no time in stumping the southpaw.With India’s scorecard reading 79/4, Kohli was joined by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the duo stiched 32 runs for the fifth wicket, taking India past the 100-run mark.With the men in blue at 111 runs at the end of 17 overs, Kohli, while trying to raise the scoring rate, fell short of his half-century by three runs. The Indian skipper’s mistimed shot was caught brilliantly at fine leg by Joe Root off a David Willey delivery.Dhoni (unbeaten 32 off 24 deliveries) and Hardik Pandya’s (12 not out off 10 balls) valuable contributions in the final moments helped India reach a competitive total.For England, Willey, Ball, Plunkett and Rashid bagged a wicket each.The third and final match of the series will be played in Bristol on Monday.(With inputs from IANS)last_img

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