He has not given a single chance to the English bowlers yet. Brilliant by him, he bowls a pacey delivery which pitches on off and then jags back in sharply. Bhuvneshwar Kumar — who is nursing a back problem — is not a certain starter for this game which will leave Umesh Yadav with the job of leading the pace attack. What a catch from Root to send the Indian skipper packing. The Indians are ecstatic as they have got the dangerous Roy early. Since 2016, the English batsmen have raked up most number of runs when it comes to the 50-over format — 14,297 1,533 runs more than the second highest team. The English skipper collects the ball and tries to whip the bails but he fails to do so in the first go.
They need another 105 in 79. Still, he somehow manages to remove the bails with his right hand while the ball is in his left. While Dhoni has the backing of both Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, once again it underlines India's dependence on the top-order trio of Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. Those who are not subscribers have to bear five minutes delay. The googly does the trick. But it came to nought, literally.
The good part about Raina is that he completes his overs very quickly and doesn't let the batsmen settle. What a moment to pull off a blinder. Well his celebration shows it all. He has plucked that out of thin air. But it remains to be seen if he will be included in the side for this decider ahead of Kaul or Umesh Yadav.
England will have a lot of hardwork to do if they are to bounce back in this series! India lose their first and England are having a 'Ball' with the ball. And it seems that since Eoin was in touch with the ball while taking the bails off with his right hand, the third umpire has given him that benefit of doubt. Liam bowls a short ball in line of the stumps, Dhawan looks to pull but gets hit on his elbow. For England meanwhile, not only is this series a chance to improve their record against India. Got him in the first T20I and now gets him in the second. The big fish, Buttler departs cheaply, a rare failure for him.
Chahal strikes in his first over. What a way to bring up his century here, Rohit has been truly special and this is a well deserved ton for him. Suresh Raina is likely to win the nod for a return to the middle order ahead of Shreyas Iyer and Dinesh Karthik, as much for providing a sixth bowling option as his batting. Morgan's first reaction is that he has missed an opportunity as he looks to the heavens but then turns to appeal. England three down and are now in trouble. Jos calls for it and completes the catch behind the wicket.
Extras lb 4, w 1, nb 0, b 0 5 Fall of wickets : 1-16 Jason Roy , 2. The latter is especially over-burdened with the gaping hole at number four. He started a bit slowly with Dhawan taking charge early on but that gave Rohit the time to settle in before going for his shots. Timely wicket for England as the association started to look dangerous. Since that 3-0 loss here seven years ago, India have enjoyed the upper-hand, winning 10 out of 17 matches. Rashid tosses one outside off yet again but Rohit plays the lofted drive over covers to find the boundary. This is slightly shorter than the last two deliveries.
While there is a trophy on the line, the series is being seen as the curtain-raiser for the World Cup in England next year. The ball sneaks through and hits the middle stump. India had previously won the T20I series 2-1. He would be looking to do just that. And the replays show that Dhawan lost his bat before dragging it in and his foot was still outside the line. Right after that there is an appeal for a stumping, but Chahal oversteps.
Six runs come from the over. In turn, it also highlighted India's glaring weaknesses in the 50-over format, which are shielded to a certain degree in T20 cricket. Both the openers are back in the hut and India are right back into the game. It is the short ball on the body of Morgan. Squads: England: Eoin Morgan c , Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler wk , Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Jake Ball, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Mark Wood. Considering England's ascendancy in white-ball cricket since 2015, the equation has balanced out over the last two encounters.
So, it remains to be seen whether India manages to score a victory against England and square the series this time around. Hits one over mid-on for a boundary as India also cross 150 here. He removes the batsman who could have possibly been the one who could have anchored the run chase for England. In a way, that lack of batting time showed in his incoherent innings. In South Africa too, Kumar made vital contributions lower in the order. What a catch, what a catch by him.
End of Dhawan's innings, his sorry record against England in this format continues. But he will continue to be a part of their set-up in what should be a thrilling finale to the limited-overs' leg of this long tour. The game is not over as Kumar and Kuldeep provide India a glimmer of hope! This time the culprit was Bhuvneshwar, at the third man boundary. He angles this into the body of the batsman who goes for the pull but the bounce does him in. While India's spinners were in contention throughout, the pace attack lacked penetration, particularly in the death overs. Buttler makes no mistake behind the stumps there.