India vs England: Suryakumar Yadav, Bowlers Shine as India Level Series With Thrilling Win

India vs England: Suryakumar Yadav, Bowlers Shine as India Level Series With Thrilling Win

Suryakumar Yadav’s 31-ball 57 and Shreyas Iyer’s 37 off 18 balls followed by a combined bowling effort helped India level the series 2-2 with a thrilling 8-run win in the fourth match at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Thursday.

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India post their highest total of series, 185/8 in 20 overs, and did well to defend it despite a spirited chase from England. Shardul Thakur (3 for 42), Hardik Pandya (2 for 16), Rahul Chahar (2 for 35) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1 for 30) starred as England were kept to 177 for 8. England needed 10 off 3 at one stage but Thakur delivered under pressure.

This was the first time this series that the team winning the toss has ended up losing the match.

The hosts lost openers K.L. Rahul and Rohit Sharma early. The opening pair put on 21 before Rohit Sharma was caught and bowled off a slower ball. Rahul, fighting to retain his place in the Indian team following a couple of ducks, stayed on as Yadav went berserk but couldn’t make much of an impression. He fell for 14 in 17 balls.

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Yadav, who got off the mark in international cricket with a six over fine leg, hit three sixes and smashed six fours. He followed his Mumbai Indians teammate Ishan Kishan to score a half-century on debut. Kishan achieved the feat in the second T20 International on March 14.

Skipper Virat Kohli, batting at No. 4 and a slot behind Yadav, could make just one but Rishabh Pant chipped in with 30 off 23 balls.

Iyer, however, provided the late fillip to take India to a fighting total. Among England bowlers, Jofra archer was the most successful, picking four for 33 while Mark Wood was again economical going for just 25 in his four overs and picking one wicket.

England’s chase started with Jos Buttler falling early to Bhuvneshwar Kumar but Jason Roy kicked on, extending his good form. At the other end, though, Dawid Malan struggled to get going and managed only 14 off 17 balls before being bowled by Rahul Chahar in the eighth over.

Roy followed in the next over, caught in the deep off Hardik Pandya for 40 off 27. At 66 for 3 in the ninth over, England needed a big partership and they got that with Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes adding 65 in just 36 balls. Stokes was the aggressor, taking on spinners Washington Sundar and Rahul Chahar, with the former conceding 52 in his four overs.

Stokes smashed three sixes and four boundaries in his knock but lost Bairstow in the 15th over, Chahar inducing a mistake. However, England were always in with a chance till Stokes was there.

Shardul Thakur ended that dismissing Stokes and Eoin Morgan off successive balls in the 17th over with slower balls wide of the off stump. Stokes mishit to long off, while Morgan mishit to sweeper cover. England’s challenge still did not come to an end as Chris Jordan and Jofra Archer took the game deep. England even needed 10 off 3 at one stage, but Thakur held his nerve.

Earlier, England had won the toss and elected to bowl. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was dropped from the Indian squad for Rahul Chahar while Suryakumar Yadav replaced Ishan Kishan, who captain Virat Kohli said has a groin strain.

(With IANS inputs)


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