England level series with complete show at happy-hunting ground

Brief scores: India 148/5 (Virat Kohli 47, MS Dhoni 32*; Liam Plunkett 1/17, David Willey 1/18) lost to England 149/5 (Alex Hales 58*, Jonny Bairstow 28; Umesh Yadav 2/36, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/19) by 5 wickets

Statistical highlights

  • England maintained their 100 per cent win record at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, where they have now won five T20Is, by beating India by five wickets in the 2nd T20 International of the series. Thereby, they also ended India’s seven-match winning streak in this format.
  • Alex Hales, with an unbeaten 41-ball 58 (his eighth T20I half-century, punctuated by four fours and three sixes), helped England chase down the moderate target of 149 set by India, who had been asked to bat first after Eoin Morgan won the toss. Hales was awarded the man of the match for his match-winning knock.
  • Jake Ball became the 82nd English player to play a T20I for the country, replacing Moeen Ali in the XI. Rohit Sharma was his first T20I wicket.
  • MS Dhoni became only the third Indian to play his 500th international match for the country, after Sachin Tendulkar (664) and Rahul Dravid (509).
  • Virat Kohli suffered his sixth defeat as India’s T20I captain in his 16th match as the skipper, but he became the first Indian batsman (and fourth overall) to complete 2000 T20I runs.

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