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India vs England Score 2nd T20: England needs 149 runs to win off 120 balls. Jason Roy and Jos Buttler to open. Jason Roy with an aggressive start put 14 runs in the first over of the 2nd innings. India got the first wicket as Jason Roy goes for 15 in the 3rd over of the match. England 25-1 after 3 overs. Man in form Jos Buttler after scoring 14 runs has to depart as Umesh Yadav and Virat Kohli not making the same mistake as they did in the previous ball and sending Buttler back to the pavilion. Virat Kohli playing a masterstroke of bringing spinner into the attack has worked for him. Chahal celebrates as he gets his first wicket of the match. Getting wicket of Joe Root got India a step closer to their victory. England 44-3 after 7 overs. After dismissing Root, Indian bowlers could not stop Hales from scoring runs. Boundaries pouring down, Pandya is called into the attack. Pandya gets the breakthrough, gets the wicket of Morgan. England 99-4 after 14 overs. India looking comfortable after the 14th over, trouble came in the form of Hales and Bairstow. Both the batsmen attacking from both side led England to win this match. Alex Hales scored 58 runs off 41 balls. England win by 5 wickets level the series 1-1. Alex Hales was given the Man of the Match Award for his match-winning performance scoring 58 runs off 41 balls.
With Indian opening combination of Sharma and Dhawan failed in giving India a great start, Indian batsmen have been struggling since the beginning. India lost their 3 wickets within 5 overs. With Raina and Kohli steering India’s ship, had more than 50 runs of partnership. Getting confused by Rashid’s leg spin, Rain was stumped by Jos Buttler and India lost their 4th wicket. MS Dhoni playing his 500th international match comes to the crease. Kohli and Dhoni running quickly between the wickets were able to reduce pressure. Kohli got out on 47 runs, not able to score his half-century, but played captain’s inning. India 126-5 after 19 overs. Dhoni proving he can still play and is fir for this format scored 22 runs of the last over giving a target of 149 runs for England to chase.
England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bowl at Cardiff in the second of three matches T20 series. The Men in Blue will take the pitch unchanged while the Three Lions have made one change – Moeen Ali is out and Jake Ball has been included in the playing eleven. Kohli after losing the toss said: “We would’ve liked to bowl as well, but nothing will change as the game progresses – it’s a good track. But we won’t mind defending as well. It’s a must-win for them. The team is fearless, no baggage, and they’re enjoying themselves. That showed in the first game. That showed in the first game. One side is short, so will be good to see how the spinners play today. Honestly, I haven’t heard about David Willey’s comments. We’re here to play, and I haven’t been following others’ remarks.”
Morgan on the other side said: “We fancy a chase. Conditions are magnificent. We have one change: Jake Ball comes in. A combination of the opposition’s quality and the size of the ground is the reason behind the change. It’s tough to replicate spin in the nets, but hopefully the bowling machine will work.”
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