The nail-biting game seemed to be within the grasp of England cricket team until the start of the 18th over, before Japsrit Bumrah bowled the over of his life, to keep the Indian team alive in the race for the win. The next over from Nehra was a big one in which visitors reaped the benefit as they collected 16 runs in the penultimate over of the game, which also included a six of the last ball off Nehra’s over.
The game and the emotions were down to the last over with England needing just eight runs out of it and Bumrah just gave a little part of it, winning the game for India by a margin of five runs. Bumrah deserves all the credit for this win but a small reminder that a gaffe committed by umpire Shamsuddin on the first ball of the last over, giving Root out LBW, equally aided India in winning the game.
Defending a target of 145 runs, the Indian team had a great start with the ball as England openers were back in the pavilion on the first two deliveries of the fourth over when Nehra gained the attention, dismissing Jason Roy and Sam Billings.
Eoin Morgan survived the hat-trick delivery when he let go the delivery, without showing any unsatiated need for it.
Eoin Morgan departed soon in the chase playing a needless shot off Amit Mishra.
Mishra was quick to stamp the authority as he followed up with another wicket of Ben Stokes but there was a twist in the tale as his left leg had crossed the bowling crease, giving Stokes a lifeline.
The England all-rounder, who is looking for a room in an IPL team made most out of the opportunity and played a spectacular inning of 38 runs off 27 balls, before being dismissed by Ashish Nehra, on this tough track, sharing 52 runs with Joe Root to put his team on the brink of the win. Mishra was given no chance to attain for the gaffe he committed and it was Stokes punished Mishra, for letting the opportunity go.
But the moments of glory were embedded in the game till the last as Bumrah duped Englishmen in the 18th over, conceding just three runs, to force a comeback for the Indian team. England needed 24 runs our of 12 deliveries and still, it was anybody’s game and it was Bumrah’s heroics that proved too much heavier by the end of the day.
Earlier when asked to bat, India had a pretty similar start to what they had in the first game at Kanpur as they lost the first wicket of Virat Kohli at a score of 30. Kohli had a pretty odd stay at the crease as after surviving two scares right at the start of the innings, he was finally dismissed when Eoin Morgan and Chris Jordan set up a play to dismiss him and he was caught at long on for a score of 21, after a misread slower one from Jordan.
Suresh Raina, on whom the Indian skipper and the fans had all hopes, failed this time as, after few failed attempts to hit the ball, he lost his cool and was caught at long on after he failed to clear the fence off Adil Rashid.
An under pressure Yuvraj Singh, the succeeding Raina the crease, consumed 12 deliveries to understand the phase of the match before getting out on a score of four, leaving India on a slippery floor.
Meanwhile, KL Rahul was holding one end and he got a partner in the form on Manish Pandey, who was given a promotion in the batting line-up, ahead of MS Dhoni.
Both Rahul and Pandey shared 56 runs for the fourth wicket but consumed 41 deliveries, at the time when Indian team needed to bat at a quicker pace.
MS Dhoni finally arrived at the crease in the 18th over after the dismissal of KL Rahul and this was the biggest irony of the game as he did not get enough deliveries in the game to perform his act, what he is known for. Indian team finished their innings with a score of 144, which was pretty much fair given a below par Indian batting on display today.