Bowled Over – Second T20 International – By Luqman Liaqat

Skipper Eoin Morgan led England to a six-wicket victory with a six from the last ball and levelled the T20 series against India in Mumbai.

Morgan scored an unbeaten 49 from 26 balls which helped England chase down a very challenging target of 178. It also became the three Lion’s highest run-chase in the T20 format.

Earlier India dominated England’s bowling attack, as Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina’s late fireworks gave the hosts a strong total.

Jade Dernbach dismissed Ajinkiya Rahane early, with runs now beginning to come easily for Virat Kohli he was unfortunately given out lbw, as the ball was most likely just clipping his leg stump as he went for a quick fire twenty ball 38.

After Rohit Sharma’s wicket India were struggling on 108-4, however, it didn’t stop Dhoni and Raina from unleashing in the last five overs.

Stuart Meaker’s final over went for 20 runs, with the Indian skipper blasting 38 from 18 balls and Rain contributed with 35 from just 24 deliveries.

In reply, England openers Michael Lumb (50­) and Alex Hales with 42 put on an 80 run stand in 8.2 overs before Yuvraj Singh struck three times. The left arm spinner finished with similar bowling figures as he did on Thursday in the first T20, as he removed Lumb, Wright and Hales on his way to 3-17.

With the pressure on England, Morgan and Jos Butler turned the game back in England’s favour. Butler came to the crease with England needing 29 off 13 balls. The partnership really kicked off when Morgan pulled Ashok Dinda for six over deep midwicket.

Butler helped his skipper with an unbeaten 15, as he drove a full toss through cover before hammering a straight six off the final ball in the penultimate over leaving England needing 9 runs from the last six balls.

Morgan completed the job in style by dispatching Dinda over his head for a massive six from the final ball and with it squared the series 1-1.

With this defeat India missed out on the chance to replace Sri Lanka at the top in the ICC T20 rankings. India now takes on their fiercest rivals Pakistan from Christmas day and England will return to the sub-continent in the New Year for a five-match ODI series, which starts on 11th January in Rajkot.

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