India stay alive in series with thrilling five-run win

Nagpur: Team India Captain Virat Kohli and his boys have just landed in Nagpur to play the second T20 match with England on January 29 at VCA stadium in Jamtha here. Between them, the spinners gave away just 88 runs in their 12 overs, and Mishra had Morgan caught at deep mid-wicket with a rare off-spinner to end his 43-run stand with Joe Root.

"Lot of determination out there, and winning in India is hard".

The series against England has been a completely dominated by the home side - till now; it has been a season where first the English Test side led by Alastair Cook & co. were whitewashed 4-0 and later the ODI side led by Eoin Morgan lost a nail-biting high-scoring series 2-1. Virat Kohli, however, did not shy away from mentioning India's embarrassing 47-run defeat in the opener of ICC World T20 2016, at the same venue.

The left-handed duo of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh struggled to rotate the strike, especially off spinners.

Moeen Ali backed up his man-of-the-match performance in the first T20 with one for 20 from his four overs.

Earlier, Seamer Chris Jordan led England's disciplined bowling performance to restrict India to 144 for eight despite opener Lokesh Rahul's blazing half century in the second Twenty20 worldwide in Nagpur on Sunday.

In reply, England openers Jason Roy and Sam Billings each scored a six off Yuzvendra Chahal.

Nehra said after the contest: "Pressure game, I wanted to leave Jasprit with as many as possible to defend". Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra (3/28) also contributed to India's win.

And then, the onus was on another experienced bloke who was benched in the first T20I, giving newcomer Parvez Rasool a nod - Amit Mishra. With a unsafe Root still not out, the issue seemed to be going in England's way but it was Bumrah who caught him before wicket in the first ball of the final over to bring India back in the game. According to Sourav, Hardik Pandya and another fast bowler, most probably Jasprit Bumrah.

Stokes then put on 52 runs with Root for the fourth wicket as England crossed 100 in the 15th over.

Mishra's blunder came back to haunt India has Stokes went berserk after getting a second chance in the middle. He has wicket-taking ability as well.

Bumrah pulled things back brilliantly though with his last two overs costing just five runs and England would end on 139 for six With Moeen Ali unable to clear the rope on the final ball.

"The moment India got a wicket in that last over though, with a new batsman coming in, with Bumrah bowling it out of the back of the hand, and those little cutters, it was very tricky". All he had to do was was sensibly apply himself. His 32-ball knock was laced with three boundaries and two massive sixes.

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