England beat India to draw T20I series
Back in October, if you had offered the England management a Test series victory, and a drawn T20 series in India, they would doubtless have snatched your hand off. Well, the last ball victory in the second T20 match, delivered just that outcome, leaving England with a highly satisfactory pre-christmas set of results.
Superb batting from English captain Morgan
Early in the day, India had set their visitors a target of 178 to win the match and level the series. A target that they had never previously achieved in T20 internationals, and a target that India had never previously failed to defend. The nearest that England had come was earlier in 2012 when they scored 173 to beat the West Indies.
That India had set England as big a target as they did, owed much to the efforts of Suresh Raina and the captain, MS Dhoni, who smashed the England bowling for 63 runs from the last five overs.
England's fielding was outstanding throughout the India innings, as the entire team, including the fast bowlers threw themselves around the field like goal-keepers to save every run that they could, and to make the batsmen's target as easy as possible. Ultimately, this effort in the field, had a major outcome on the result.
England's opening partnership, had threatened to make a mockery of the run chase, as Michael Lumb played his finest international innings to date, as he reached 50 from just 34 balls, including two sixes. A total of 62 were scored during the Powerplay and Lumb's partner, Alex Hales helped add 80 in just 50 balls.
However, Yuvraj dismissed Lumb stumped, Wright LBW, and Hales in quick succession, to put the Indians right back in the match, as he completed another outstanding performance, taking 3 for 17 in his four overs.
When stand in skipper Eoin Morgan, was joined in the middle by international novice, Jos Buttler, 29 were needed from just 13 balls. However, Morgan pulled Dinda for six over deep midwicket, and the momentum swung once more.
The inexperienced Parvinder Awana bowled the penultimate over, and Buttler hit a low full toss for four through extra cover, and followed up by hitting a straight six off the final ball, reducing the target to nine off six.
England spluttered their way through the final over, leaving Morgan to score three from the final delivery to clinch victory. In the most dramatic of finishes, Morgan drove Dinda's final delivery straight back over the sightscreen for six to complete his team's win.