The unbeaten 58 runs by Alex Hales guided England to a significant victory in final over in second T20I over India. England slipped to 44-3 while chasing 149 but it was Hales who came as a hero to led team to recovery and left them when team needed only 12 runs from last over. With David Willey, he hit six, then four vs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and scored winning runs to balance series and a decider is set on Sunday in Bristol. Earlier, England’s bowlers adapted well to the edges of Cardiff ground to limit visitors to only 148-5.
After defeating the weak side of Australia, England got a new low with 8-wicket loss to India on Tuesday at Old Trafford. Familiar weaknesses include spin were the concerns for the rest of the season, which India took advantage, when Kuldeep Yadav picked 5 wickets before slow bowlers of England got treated with despise. The season includes five Tests and three ODIs.
England noticed that short boundaries in Cardiff could be hard for spinners to bowl and they replaced Moeen Ali for a recent pace bowler Jake Ball. He showed great display by four fast bowlers of England but India scored 22 runs in final over and got the momentum on the field.
In an untried position at No. 4, Hales batted with presence of mind and composure to lead England to deal with Indian spinners like Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav and returned 1-62 combined.
But the death bowling by visitors was still great. They kept the stress alive in front of fans in sun-kissed stadium of Cardiff. Hales have hit the first ball of last over by Bhuvneshwar for a great straight maximum, sealed victory well and completed his half century.
Hales took England home
To deal with the threat by leggie Chahal and Kuldeep, England have the spin-bowling machine, Merlyn who helped them to win 2005 Ashes. It seemed to have had a bit of success initially. The hosts were in danger when the ball was turning and gripping as Chahal and Kuldeep suffocated them by giving only 12 runs from their first three overs and Joe Root was sweeping and misread the googly thrown by Chahal and he was bowled out.
Eoin Morgan and Hales clung well and growing in stature at first surviving. Hales has hit two sixes to keep England’s hope alive. Morgan was caught well at long leg done by Shikhar Dhawan off the Hardik Pandya’s middle pace and Jonny Bairstow sweeps next maximums over Kuldeep.
When 23 runs required off 18 balls, Bairstow was caught off Bhuvneshwar at long leg as Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwas combined well to allow only 6 runs off 10 balls. But it was Hales who drove excellent delivery for four and took 11 more runs from Bhuvneshwar’s deliveries and Willey took victory with just two balls left.
England planned to vary their pace and bowl back of the length due to which England chocked the guests and hit to the long square length.