India beat England in a last-ball thriller to win the second T20I by five runs to draw level at 1-1 in the three-match series in Nagpur on Sunday. Chasing 145, England managed 139/6 as Jasprit Bumrah (2/21) held his nerves to defend seven runs in the final over apart from taking two wickets.
The foundation to the epic finish was laid by the veteran pacer Ashish Nehra who kept a cool head to bowl a superb 17th over in which he allowed just five runs and also removed the dangerman Ben Stokes for 38.
Earlier, KL Rahul marked his return to form with a well-crafted 71 but England kept India to 144/8 in the second T20I in Nagpur on Sunday. Chris Jordan starred for the visitors with figures of 3/22 as their bowlers delivered yet another strong performance.
Aiming to keep the three-match series alive, India managed to recover from early blows thanks largely to Rahul’s maiden T20I fifty and his fourth-wicket association with Manish Pandey who contributed 30 runs.
Eoin Morgan won an important toss and expectedly put India into bat at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamtha and Jordan was in the thick of action early on by delivering the big scalp of opposition captain Virat Kohli. After a miscued four to third man and a close lbw shout turned down, Kohli stepped up with a stunning six over long-off followed by a four through square off Tymal Mills. He had raced to 21 off 14 when Jordan outwitted him with a slower delivery to have him out caught at long-on. India scored 46 runs in the powerplay overs at the cost of one wicket.
England included an extra spinner in Liam Dawson considering the long Jamtha boundaries but it was the pair of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali who made early inroads with the wickets of Suresh Raina (7) and Yuvraj Singh (4) respectively leaving India at 69/3 in 10.3 overs.
That brought Rahul and Pandey together and they wriggled India out of the testing phase with a 56-run stand. Rahul left behind a series of poor scores in limited-overs cricket to steer the innings cleverly. Having understood that boundaries won’t come easy, he resorted to dealing in singles and doubles to keep the scorecard ticking. And when there was an opportunity, he wasn’t averse to go for the big shots. He managed to hit two sixes, both coming against spinners.0