India won a final over thriller in the second T20 international at Nagpur to level the series to set up the decider at Bengaluru. Jasprit Bumrah defended 8 in the final over to deny England a series winning victory and also picked up two wickets in the last over of the innings. This victory was set up by the Indian pacers in Jasprit Bumrah and the old warhorse Ashish Nehra which actually became the story and the crucial talking point of the contest keeping the India v England T20 series still alive.
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KL Rahul’s valiant 71: After missing out in the first T20 at Kanpur, Rahul took the second opportunity with both hands and scored a crucial 71 when the other batsmen failed to score runs. A tough pitch to bat on, Rahul first took his time and then played his shots to full effect as he scored half of India’s total.
Luck favours Manish Pandey: Manish Pandey scored crucial 30 runs for India under trying circumstances and in the process added 50 runs with Rahul for the fourth wicket. Pandey had his share of luck though, as a delivery from Ben Stokes clipped the bails but were not dislodged. It was almost an unbelievable sigh as Stokes bowled the delivery with pace, but luck, somehow was on Pandey’s side. It was almost an unbelievable sight.
MS Dhoni and comedy of run outs: Dhoni is a confident man. He backs himself to execute supernatural stuff. But of late, those finishing skills have waned. Never mind, he still remains confident.In a bid to keep strike in the final over, there were two run outs — Hardik Pandya and Amit Mishra. Dhoni managed to keep the bulk of the strike. He scored 2 off the 3 balls he faced before getting cleaned-up. India could manage 144 and Jordan returned with figures of 4-0-22-3.
Nehra picks up 2 in one over: As the England openers were going hammer and tongs at the Indian bowlers right from the start, Ashish Nehra managed to stem the run flow by taking two wickets in a one over. He dismissed both the openers in his second over to shift the balance of the game in India’s favour early.
Mishra no ball saves Ben Stokes: There was a situation in the game when Amit Mishra also had the opportunity to pick up two wickets in one over. He picked up England captain Eoin Morgan just after the drinks break and also got Stokes bowled off his next delivery only to see that it was a no ball. Stokes, who ran out of luck while he was bowling, finally rode his luck while batting and managed to keep England in the game.
The final over drama: He had gone for 16 from his 2 overs. He came back and bowled the 18th over, giving 3 from it. Now, 8 from the final over. England had Root and Buttler out in the middle and odds were heavily against India. A stroke of luck had Bumrah remove Root in the first ball. Now, 8 from 5; Moeen got a single. 7 from 4. With Buttler around, you usually associate England were two blows away. A change of pace saw Buttler swing and miss.The next ball was on a length; it skidded to Buttler, giving him no room as it hurried on to his pads before meeting the stumps.Needing 7 from the last two balls, Bumrah kept his calm and delivered when it mattered. Finally England lost the match by 5 runs as India kept the series alive.