Player of the Match
Player of the Match
698dThe Report by Siddhartha Talya

Captain Morgan wins thriller for England

Morgan put an end to the game in the only way an expectant crowd sensing victory could have been silenced in disbelief - a deathly blow over the sightscreen

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MJ Lumb
50(34) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %60%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull/hook on back foot
  • 17 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
4 9 5 10 8 6 2 6
EJG Morgan
EJG Morgan
49(26) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 14 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
4 4 6 1 15 3 12 4

Best performances - Bowlers

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh
O4
M0
R17
W3
Eco4.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JW Dernbach
O4
M0
R37
W2
Eco9.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

England , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

2-match series drawn 1-1

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.20, Interval 20.20-20.40, Second Session 20.40-22.00

Match days

22 December 2012 - night match (20-over match)

T20I debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Alan Gardner

END OF OVER:
20 | 12 Runs | ENG: 181/4 | RR: 9.05

  • Eoin Morgan49 (26b)
  • Jos Buttler15 (7b)
  • Ashok Dinda4-0-44-1
  • Parvinder Awana4-0-42-0

And that wraps up the match and the year, for England. They'll be back out to India for five ODIs in January, though India won't be able to rest, as Pakistan are rocking up almost immediately to fill the gap. Thanks for your comments and your company, it's been a topsy-turvy 2012 - from Alex and me, Merry Christmas and we'll see you again in a couple of weeks. Cheerio!

10.55pm: Back out we go for the presentations... Eoin Morgan is named Man of the Match. There's a polite ripple from the crowd, which becomes a bit more lively when Yuvraj Singh is named Man of the Series: "I tried to do it for the team, bowl a few overs, vary my pace and try to confuse them. It's tough to bowl with the dew, the ball comes quicker on to the bat and runs away. Morgan is a great finisher for England... I've been batting well, hitting the ball well, so that's good for me."

England captain, Morgan: "It was a hell of a game of cricket, a fantastic match and a great pitch for a game of Twenty20. The stats suggest, particularly at this stadium, that the chasing side usually wins and we backed ourselves to do that. It was a good job because we nearly fell short! Fielding was outstanding, we try to save 10-15 runs each time and today we were amazing. It was great, one of the best crowd atmospheres I've ever played in, and we showed great promise for the future."

India captain, MS Dhoni: "The dew really does change the course of the game but we didn't start very well, we were a fraction short. There was something there for the fast bowlers but they were cut and pulled early on. We came back well but couldn't keep it going. We could have got another 10-12 runs at the end of our innings too but overall is was a good performance. The fast bowlers got good experience and exposure to international cricket. They are good prospects for us but we need to back them."

10.45pm: The Wankhede has gone deathly quiet. Morgan ends on 49 not out, a captain's knock and a captain's finish, securing England their record chase in T20 internationals. I did not see that coming, as my innings handover flagged up ... It's not the first time I've been wrong, or the last, I'm sure. India paid the price for some sloppy work in the field again, they were very poor in the first half of the England innings - though, ironically, if Gambhir had put down Patel at the end, they probably would have won, as Buttler's cameo helped put the match on a silver plate for Morgan. It was a tough night for quick bowlers and with combined figures of 1 for 86 from their eight overs, Awana and Dinda really suffered... However you add it up, this is quite a performance from a young England side, who'll be rightly chuffed to have tied the series. The ODIs in January could be really interesting now.

19.6
6
Dinda to Morgan, SIX runs, and Morgan smashes it straight back over Dinda's head for six! You can't set a field for that! It was full, searching for the yorker, but ended up being a half volley in Morgan's hitting arc and he made no mistake, kabooming the ball over the rope with a free-flowing swing of the arms - and that means England win by six wickets to tie the T20 series 1-1

Two to tie (which would bring a super over), three to win. India just want a dot or a single... Here we go. And Dinda loses his footing as he arrives at the crease! We'll have to start again... And now India are having an almighty conflab about setting the field, Dhoni, Raina, Yuvraj all involved. Fine leg is up, looks like there's a gap at deep cover...

19.5
1b
Dinda to Buttler, 1 bye, full and very wide, again he goes right across, misses with the scoop but Morgan has already set off and Dhoni's throw misses!

A boundary or a couple of twos all England need now...

19.4
2
Dinda to Buttler, 2 runs, full and wide, Buttler shuffles across and tries the ramp, he gets it away fine off the toe but R Ashwin scuttles round to cut it off at third man, just two the damage

Another single for England... Dinda is halfway to job done

19.3
1
Dinda to Morgan, 1 run, leg-stump line, slightly full and Morgan hits across the line, the ball flies flat towards deep midwicket
19.2
1
Dinda to Buttler, 1 run, fullish, outside the line of off, Buttler elects to go back again and thrash the ball out towards long-off for another single

And so hard did he swing, and so low off the bat did it come, Morgan has cracked the toe and needs a replacement

19.1
1
Dinda to Morgan, 1 run, full and outside off, Morgan clears his front foot but can only shovel it towards long-on for a single

So, here we go, Dinda the bowler. He's got to be dealing in yorkers...

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England 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st80MJ LumbAD Hales
2nd14LJ WrightAD Hales
3rd29EJG MorganAD Hales
4th26SR PatelEJG Morgan
5th32EJG MorganJC Buttler