Player of the Match
Player of the Match
343dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

India fall short despite Dhoni, Kohli

The final match of the tour came down to the final over, 17 to win from six balls, but MS Dhoni could only take 14 as India went down by three runs

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

EJG Morgan
71(31) 3x4 - 7x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 23 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
0 0 1 1 39 19 1 10
V Kohli
66(41) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
5 8 6 6 5 6 12 18

Best performances - Bowlers

Mohammed Shami
O4
M0
R38
W3
Eco9.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
KV Sharma
O4
M0
R28
W1
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentator: Alex Winter

END OF OVER:
20 | 13 Runs | INDIA: 177/5 (4 runs required, RR: 8.85)

  • MS Dhoni27 (18b)
  • AT Rayudu3 (5b)
  • CR Woakes4-0-43-1
  • HF Gurney4-0-29-1

So, deep sigh of relief, that is the end of this India tour and the end of the English international summer (still three weeks of county cricket to come of course, so still with us!) The next time we see India will be in a month's time when they begin a one-day and then Test series against West Indies. England have some time off now before they head to Sri Lanka at the end of Novemeber but the tour then begins a horrendous long stint of almost unbroken cricket. Hope you've enjoyed our coverage this summer, see you soon...

Presentation time. Man of the Match is Eoin Morgan for his superb batting, the best England have seen from him in a long while. "Throughout the whole game the guys held their nerve very well," Morgan says. "We got to a good score and then the bowler's were exceptional. There's little margin for error when Dhoni's at the crease but they were great. The short ball suited conditions. We felt the full ball was easy hit. The wicket played pretty well, to get up to 180 was really good. I've gone through some tough times with the bat and come through them before but it was nice to get a get a few today."

Losing captain MS Dhoni: "In the last over, I missed at least two I could have hit over the boundary, it was a difficult task and one of those days when it didn't go our way. I thought I'm middling it I have a good chance but it didn't pay off. Overall I thought the chase was good but we probably gave away too many runs in the latter overs but we bowled well in the middle. Shami is someone who does bowl yorkers but isn't consistent. But 180 was a score we should have got. There were quite a few excellent catches taken and that was the reason we kept them to 180. Overall it's a good tour for us, we came back strongly in the ODIs."

India we all know are going to be handy at the World Cup, but was there a sign here of their weakness against the short ball once again? England found joy hitting the wicket, it proved the downfall of Kohli too. Also, India have been knocked off the No. 1 ranking in T20 with Sri Lanka the new top dogs in the shortest format.

What to take from this game in terms of the 50-over World Cup next year? Well England can feel pleased with their death bowling - Woakes didn't panic after getting hit for the six from the first ball of that last over. Morgan in form will be essential to their campaign in Australasia so today was a very good sign for them.

Harry Gurney, Steven Finn and Chris Woakes were excellent with the ball and got the job done for England when it looked like the game was slipping away from them after Virat Kohli had put India right on course. But England's bowlers ensured the superb batting from Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara did not go to waste.

Jake: "England scored 81 in their last 5 overs. India didn't manage to score even 46."

What a superb game, some slap dash to finish the season but England have held their nerve and win by three runs sending the majority of this crowd home unhappy! Which is quite bizarre to say in the UK but hey, it's the 21st century.

19.6
1
Woakes to Dhoni, 1 run, goes short, Dhoni aims hard leg side and doesn't get it at all! Runs to Moeen at deep square again and they jog just the single

So Dhoni backs himself, four for a super over, six for the victory. Three England players meet around the bowler...

19.5
0
Woakes to Dhoni, no run, huge swing aiming leg side, it runs out to deep square but Dhoni says no to the single yet again!

Dhoni is the master finisher, 5 from 2 now...

19.4
4
Woakes to Dhoni, FOUR runs, slower again, back and slugged...just over mid-off's head! It skips away from the fielder and into the boundary, surely a big miscue but enough club to get it over Morgan's head

9 from 3 now...

19.3
0
Woakes to Dhoni, no run, slower ball, short of a length again, pulled to midwicket, no connection at all, right off the toe, Dhoni refuses the single!
19.2
2
Woakes to Dhoni, 2 runs, slower ball, pulled out into the leg side, Moeen is fielding at deep square, no second available but Dhoni coming back regardless, the throw is wide and the relay throw to the bowler's end is not in time!

What does Woakes do, go back to the short stuff that worked before? Or keep trying the yorker?

First one Dhoni has nailed, pressure on Woakes now...

19.1
6
Woakes to Dhoni, SIX runs, full on the stumps, Dhoni back in his crease and lumps this over midwicket into the crowd! Huge strike, sails back

Chris Woakes has 16 to defend. Can MS Dhoni finish the tour in style? Great game to end the season...

Dhoni UN Dhoni

4

Number of times the batsman has been unbeaten in an unsuccessful chase by India in T20s

Relentless

4

Virat Kohli's 66 was his fourth successive half-century in T20 chases for India

Safe hands

4

Ajinkya Rahane is the first Indian and the fifth fielder overall to take four catches in a T20 innings

Five-year wait

2009

Eoin Morgan's half-century today is the first by an England captain in T20s since <a href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/rsaveng09/engine/match/387563.html" target="_blank">Paul Collingwood's 57</a> against South Africa five years ago

Deja vu

0/37

Ashwin's figures the <a href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/474476.html" target="_blank">last time</a> he played a T20 in England, and his figures in today's game

Ducky Number Three

5/6

Five of Moeen Ali's six ducks in T20 cricket have come while batting at No. 3

The Captain Coincidence

50

Both MS Dhoni and Eoin Morgan are playing their 50th international T20 games

Expensive Ashwin

17

Most runs conceded by an Indian bowler in the first over of a T20 match