Cricket Report England v India 2nd 20/20 Game 29 Jan 2017
India beat England by 5 runs in a last ball thriller that was as much down to diabolical umpiring than anything else in a pulsating 20/20 game.
Jasprit Bumrah picked up two wickets in the final six balls while Ashish Nehra picked up 3 for28 as India held their nerve to clinch a nerve racking bums off seats five run win to level the series at 1 game apiece with a final match to be played later this week.
With England only requiring a minimal 8 runs in the final over Jasprit Bumrah stepped up to the plate by removing both Joe Root and Joss Buttler the former given controversially out LBW when in fact he had hit the ball with a nick on the inside of the bat. England were furious with some dreadful umpiring decisions throughout as Bumrah only conceded a miserly 2 runs in that last over.
England looked to be all but there as India reached a disappointing score of only 144 for 8 in their allotted 20 overs. Jordan had both openers out Kohli for 21 and Rahul caught by Ben Stokes but not before Rahul had smashed scintillating 71 off of only 47 balls with six four’s and two almighty sixes.
By the time he was out he’s already seen Rashid capture Raina for 7 and Moeen Ali get the better off Yuvraj LBW for 4.
Pandey hit 30 off 26 balls before Mils bowled him outright while Jordan captured his third wicket nabbing Dhoni for only 5. Jordan who was having an excellent match ran out Pandya for two while another run out saw Mishra back in the pavilion for a duck without even receiving a ball.
Jordan was the pick of the England bowlers with 3 for 22 off his 4 overs while Moeen Ali snared 1 for 20 off his allocation of 4 overs. Dawson was expensive as his 2 overs went for 20 runs while Mills was also expensive with 1 for 36 off his 4 overs.
In reply England’s openers Jason Roy and Sam Billings both fell cheaply with Nehra getting both scalps to catches. Roy was caught by Raina while Bumrah did the honours for Billings. Joe Root hit a run a ball 38 and after a slowish 17 from Captain Morgan a quick fire 38 from Ben Stokes put England into the driving seat as Buttler contributed 15 from his 10 ball innings.
The Indian bowling was more disciplined than England’s with Bumrah’s 2 for 20 outstanding as was the bowling from Nehra with his 3 for 28. Mishra took 1 for 25 in a tidy performance too.
It was down to the wire for the tourists as England needed 24 from the last two overs, but were looking good thanks to the late hitting of Buttler, who took 12 from Nehra’s final three balls, complete with a huge six to the fence.
It was left to right-armer Bumrah to defend eight runs off the concluding six balls, which began with a slice of fortune that saw Root adjudged leg before, despite an inside edge, departing for a run-a-ball 38. It was never out and you could hear the nick of the bat but not according to the umpires as Root begrudgingly walked off.
From there, Bumrah confused England with a full length and changes of pace and sadly the tourists only laid bat on one of the last five deliveries, and even that was a Moeen Ali miss hit for a single.
When a swiping Buttler was bowled, England’s best hope went with him. So it was left to Moeen Ali but he failed to make contact when a six was needed off the final ball.
A close match yet again in an enthralling contest although Eion Morgan later blamed the poor umpiring decisions.
He said “That decision didn’t go our way and it swung momentum in the opposition’s favour,”
“It has a huge effect, particularly on this wicket, where coming in and starting is extremely difficult.”
Morgan later said England would by making their views known to match referee Andy Pycroft.
“We have an opportunity to do so before the next game. There’s always feedback given through the match referee on our report,” he added.