India v England 2017, T20I Series: 2nd T20I Scorecard and Match Report

For the first time on their 2016-17 tour of India, England went into a match as the favourites and their win in Kanpur had put them in sight of a series-clinching victory. India, on the other hand, had a few worries ahead of the 2nd T20 in Nagpur: they weren’t getting good starts from their openers, Lokesh Rahul had lost form after the five-Test series and Jasprit Bumrah had not been in good rhythm with the ball.

Match facts
India vs. England T20I Series 2017, 2nd T20I
Date and time: 29th January, 7:00 PM
Venue: VCA Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur

India vs. England, 2nd T20 in Nagpur Scorecard

Toss: won by Eoin Morgan, who chose to bowl first

Playing XIs: India (Virat Kohli*, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ashish Nehra) and England (Eoin Morgan*, Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Jordan, Liam Dawson, Tymal Mills, and Adil Rashid)


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2nd T20I Scores: India 144/8 (20 overs), England 139/6 (20 overs)

Match result: India won the 2nd T20, in Nagpur, by five runs and levelled the three-T20I series 1-1; Jasprit Bumrah was awarded the man-of-the-match for his match-winning bowling spell of 4-0-20-2

Indian Innings
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate
Virat Kohli

caught Dawson, bowled Jordan

21 (15) 2 1 140.00
Lokesh Rahul

caught Stokes, bowled Jordan

71 (47) 6 2 151.06
Suresh Raina

caught Jordan, bowled Rashid

7 (10) 0 0 70.00
Yuvraj Singh

leg before wicket Ali

4 (12) 0 0 33.33
Manish Pandey

bowled Mills

30 (26) 0 1 115.38
MS Dhoni

bowled Jordan

5 (7) 0 0 71.42
Hardik Pandya

run out Jordan

2 (3) 0 0 66.66
Amit Mishra

run out Ali

0 (0) 0 0 0.00
Jasprit Bumrah

not out

0 (0) 0 0 0.00
Didn’t bat Yuzvendra Chahal and Ashish Nehra
Extras 4 (3 wides and 1 leg bye)
India’s total 144 for the fall of 8 wickets in 20 overs, at 7.20 runs per over
India’s fall of wickets 30/1 (Kohli, 4.1), 56/2 (Raina, 7.4), 69/3 (Yuvraj, 10.3), 125/4 (Rahul, 17.2), 139/5 (Pandey, 18.5), 143/6 (Pandya, 19.3), 144/7 (Mishra, 19.5), and 144/8 (Dhoni, 19.6)
England’s bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate  
Liam Dawson 2 2 20 0 10.00
Tymal Mills 4 7 36 1 9.00
Chris Jordan 4 9 22 3 5.50
Ben Stokes 3 5 21 0 7.00
Moeen Ali 4 8 20 1 5.00
Adil Rashid 3 5 24 1 8.00
England innings (target: 145)
Batsmen and dismissal Runs scored No. of 4s No. of 6s Strike rate    
Jason Roy

caught Raina, bowled Nehra

10 (11) 0 1 90.90
Sam Billings

caught Bumrah, bowled Nehra

12 (9) 0 1 133.33
Joe Root

leg before wicket Bumrah

38 (38) 2 0 100.00
Eoin Morgan

caught Pandya, bowled Mishra

17 (23) 1 0 73.91
Ben Stokes

leg before wicket Nehra

38 (27) 2 2 140.74
Jos Buttler

bowled Bumrah

15 (10) 1 1 150.00
Moeen Ali

not out

1 (2) 0 0 50.00
Chris Jordan

not out

0 (1) 0 0 0.00
Didn’t bat Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid and Tymal Mills
Extras 8 (4 wides, 1 no ball, 2 leg byes, and 1 bye)
England’s total 139 for the loss of 6 wickets in 20 overs, at 6.95 runs per over
England’s fall of wickets 22/1 (Billings, 3.1), 22/2 (Roy, 3.2), 65/3 (Morgan, 10.1), 117/4 (Stokes, 16.5), 137/5 (Root, 19.1), and 138/6 (Buttler, 19.4)
India’s bowling
Bowlers Overs Dots bowled Runs conceded Wickets taken Economy rate
Yuzvendra Chahal 4 7 33 0 8.25
Ashish Nehra 4 6 28 3 7.00
Jasprit Bumrah 4 14 20 2 5.00
Amit Mishra 4 8 25 1 6.25
Suresh Raina 4 6 30 0 7.50

India v England 2nd T20 Match Report

January 29th, 2017 was a day which saw doubters be proven wrong. First, Roger Federer overcame the doubts even he might have had over his ability to win another Grand Slam, beating Rafael Nadal in the final of the 2017 Australian Open to win his 18th major. And then, later on in the evening, Lokesh Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah proved their doubters wrong with telling contributions with bat and ball, respectively, to win India the 2nd T20 in Nagpur and take the three-T20I series to the decider in Bangalore.

Considering how this duo had fared in the previous four limited-overs matches against England and that their places in the side were under scrutiny, the step-up made by Rahul and Bumrah in Nagpur was massive and their contributions came at a time when India needed them the most.

Rahul made an impressive 71 (47) after scores of 8, 5, 11, and 8 in his previous four innings, and he single-handedly held the Indian innings together while getting very little support from the other Indian batsmen. And, while Rahul’s first T20I half-century did not even take India to 150 batting first, his innings ensured that the Men in Blue at least reached a total close to what they managed in Kanpur.

While Rahul’s innings provided India a total (144/8) that they could fight with, Bumrah’s economical spell of bowling won India the match and helped level the series.

Remember, Ashish Nehra, too, produced a tremendous spell of T20 bowling, taking three vital English wickets—Sam Billings, Jason Roy and Ben Stokes—and giving away just 28 runs in his four overs. In many ways, Nehra, by dismissing Billings and Roy with identical deliveries in the fourth over of the England innings, kept India in the hunt while the visitors, with their long batting line-up, seemed undaunted by the task of chasing down a reasonably competitive total on a pitch where scoring runs was difficult.

The Nagpur T20I pivoted on the final couple of overs, of which England needed 24 runs, with six wickets in hand. Nehra was tasked with bowling the penultimate over of the match and the objective would have been to concede not more than 10 runs, having Jos Buttler and Joe Root to contend with. But Buttler cashed in on a couple of errors in line and length from Nehra and helped England accrue 16 runs in the 19th over, bringing the equation down to 8 runs required off 6 balls.

You might have thought that England, with six wickets in hand and two great ODI players in the middle, will wallop this equation and take an unassailable 2-0 series lead into the Bangalore T20I.

But… India had Bumrah and he was at his very best in the final over (W 1 0 W 1bye 0) to win India the Nagpur T20I by 5 runs. The Gujarat and Mumbai Indians pacer deservedly clinched the man-of-the-match award, too.

The Indian batting line-up faltered for the second successive T20I, albeit the likes of Chris Jordan, Moeen Ali and Stokes had to be credited for tying down the Indian batsmen with their disciplined bowling. Jordan was exceptional on this evening, as he not only picked up the vital Indian wickets (Kohli, Rahul and Dhoni) but also gave away only 22 runs off his four overs.

The Indian innings, like in the 1st T20I in Kanpur, never gathered momentum and Rahul was the only one who batted with a degree of fluency. Yuvraj Singh failed with the bat once again and MS Dhoni was demoted to No. 6 in the batting order, with Manish Pandey gaining promotion to No. 5. But this change in India’s batting order didn’t bring about the desired effect and India mustered only 36 runs off the final five overs of their innings, for the loss of five wickets.

England, despite the sluggish nature of the pitch and the consequent difficulty in accumulating runs, would have fancied chasing down 145. But the losses of Billings and Roy in the fourth over and Root’s inability to accelerate the scoring during the slog overs—Root made a run a ball 38—were probably the reasons for England’s defeat in the 2nd T20 in Nagpur.

Bumrah’s strong comeback with the ball, particularly with his last two overs, in which he gave away just four runs, cannot be forgotten at all either. And the brilliance of Bumrah at the death snatched the 2nd T20 from England’s clutches, much like how Federer, who was 2-3 and a service break down in the fifth set, fought back to beat Nadal.

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