Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SA Yadav
SA Yadav
57(31) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 14 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
4 10 11 4 16 1 4 7
BA Stokes
BA Stokes
46(23) 4x4 - 3x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 14 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
0 0 0 5 15 11 8 7

Best performances - Bowlers

JC Archer
JC Archer
O4
M0
R33
W4
Eco8.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
SN Thakur
SN Thakur
O4
M0
R42
W3
Eco10.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W

Scorer: Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Andrew Miller

END OF OVER:
20 | 14 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 177/8 (9 runs required, RR: 8.85)

  • Jofra Archer18 (8b)
  • Adil Rashid0 (0b)
  • Shardul Thakur4-0-42-3
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar4-1-30-1

11.41pm Well, that's your lot for the night. A thiller to level the series, after three rather one-sided contests. As Morgan said earlier in the campaign, the side that plays best wins, and well, he wasn't wrong today. England were found out at crucial moments, and India found matchwinners in SKY, Pandya and ultimately Thakur, to take the contest to a winner-takes-all thriller on Saturday. Don't miss it! From Miller, Saurabh, Venkat and the team, goodnight, and I leave you with Saurabh's match report which will appear here shortly... it will be compelling reading, no doubt!

The Man of the Match is Suryakumar Yadav for his maiden innings of 57 from 31 balls, including a first-ball six: "Really happy with the way things went, I'm just trying to be myself inside, talk to myself, keep things simple and it becomes easy inside. The team management and Virat told me to go and express yourself, play like you're at the IPL."

Virat Kohli: "A tough game against a top side, and the dew factor was massive. A few instances in the middle were strange, but 180-plus was what we were looking at, and a special mention to SKY. Guys in our squad are confident heading into the IPL. Shardul turned it around but our Powerplay kept them in check."

"There was an instance in the Test series when Jinks caught the ball and wasn't sure. When there's a half-and-half effort the soft signal becomes more important. I don't know why there can't an "I don't know" call for the umpires. You want these things ironed out to keep the game linear. But we want clarity on the field."

"I ran for the ball, and aggravated my upper quad a little bit, Nothing serious, I should be fine for the game in a day and a half. Better than sprinting for five or six overs, because we have an important game coming up."

"It's not easy to walk in at three and start like that, we were stunned by that start [from SKY], he stamped his authority, big credit to these youngsters, coming in and grabbing the opportunities, you set your standards high, and Hardik bowling his four overs in the way that he did augurs very well."

Eoin Morgan: "India played better than us tonight and thoroughly deserved to win, but the game did ebb and flow. Our journey, trying to learn as much as we can before the World Cup, is important. We were very happy at halfway, and were in control for a long time. Overs 16-17, we lost three wickets in 7-8 balls which is too much against a quality side like this."

"Bairstow and Stokes did the basics well, got themselves in, they managed to negate [the run rate] over a period of time, got back in the game but frustrating not to have one or two at the end there. This decider is the closest we can get to a World Cup or Champions Trophy. All to play for, and winning away from home is more difficult for various reasons, but it would be great."

11.22pm So, we'll hear from Eoin Morgan shortly, but I suspect he won't be too disappointed by that performance. Losing is never fun, of course, but the lessons they'll have learnt are almost certainly more illuminating than was possible in two eight-wicket wins. Is there scrutiny on Dawid Malan now, who has made 80 from from 77 balls in four innings, a perfectly unhelpful tally in this form of the game. At least Ben Stokes was able to get some important game time, but he still hasn't scored a T20I fifty, which is intriguing.

Sampath has the killer stats: "England lost three out of 11 T20Is while chasing since the start of 2020. Margin of defeat in those - 1 run, 5 runs, 8 runs

Subburam : "My choice for player of the match is Pandya. In a game that was dominated by batsmen he bowled beautifully."

11.14pm And breathe. What a squeaky finish that threatened to be. Jofra Archer found his range, and Thakur lost his line for a moment. But he got his act together to close out a thriller, and it's 2-2 going into Saturday's series decider!

So, after all that chat, it turns out it is possible to win against the head in Ahmedabad. India's runs on the board proved too much for England as the run-rate began to cliimb, so hats off to Suryakumar Yadav for his maiden international innings, a thrillingly poised 57 from 31, and India's bowling attack en masse... with Mr Weak Link himself, Hardik Pandya returning the remarkable figures of 2 for 16

"The last over is never easy with the dew coming in, they were swinging hard so it was important to bowl a few dot balls and the game was sealed," says Shardul Thakur. "I tried a slow bouncer, but it [didn't come off]. If the offcutter spins, it sits on the bat nicely, so a knuckle ball is the better option. I am enjoying it a lot, a lot of overs at the death, when batsmen come hard, so I'm getting used to it now."

It has been a good day for India at the All England Open Badminton Championships too as PV Sindhu and Lakshya Sen both advanced to the quarterfinals. Read more here.

19.6
0
Thakur to Archer, no run, Archer swings and misses, and the series is tied! Length ball outside off, in the slot but even Archer in this mood can't manage a nine. England's challenge ends tamely
19.5
W
Thakur to Jordan, OUT, back of a length, Jordan holes out to long off! There was a huge cry of "yeah!" as that shot went up, but it was an Indian voice, as Jordan can't get enough bat through his drill over the covers, and England's challenge, wides aside, is cooked...

CJ Jordan c Pandya b Thakur 12 (25m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

9 off 2...

19.4
1
Thakur to Archer, 1 run, Archer has broken his bat on a flog through the line! That was right off the toe... and all the pace comes off the ball as the batsman cross for a single to cover
19.4
1w
Thakur to Archer, 1 wide, wide again! Oh my... Thakur is determined to keep the ball out of Archer's arc... and he's overcooking it! He barely hits the cut strip, and it's 10 from 3...
19.4
1w
Thakur to Archer, 1 wide, banged in short again, but too short! Archer doesn't bother throwing the bat at that one... and out comes the umpire's signal

Pandya joins the brains trust as India plot their route to victory... Jofra just leans on his bat and looks... well, like Jofra

Ragavendra Sure: "Why is kohli in the dugout?? Isn't he supposed to be not in the field making the decisions?" It's a mystery...

Niranjan: "Pandyaweakestlink. Unlike on air commentators, we can troll you guys so much. Thats why I love Cricinfo" Troll away, it's all fun and games at the end of the day!

19.3
6
Thakur to Archer, SIX, banged into the pitch, and Archer has launched it! Uh oh, Jofra's found his IPL range, and this is getting a little squeaky! A rifled pull, high over midwicket! 12 off 3...

Quite the conflab as Thakur and Rohit set their field

England 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st15JJ RoyJC Buttler
2nd45DJ MalanJJ Roy
3rd6JM BairstowJJ Roy
4th65JM BairstowBA Stokes
5th9EJG MorganBA Stokes
6th0EJG MorganSM Curran
7th13CJ JordanSM Curran
8th24CJ JordanJC Archer
9th0AU RashidJC Archer