swings, misses and Bumrah has done it or India. Kohli is pumped. India have clinched a win that didn't look possible. Floats this full and wide, Moeen backs away to loft it but misses. What a comeback, what a game!
England required 41 off 30 with seven wickets in hand, 32 off 24 wit seven wickets in hand and eight off the final over with six wickets in hand. That India still managed to win was courtesy some sensational end-overs bowling by Bumrah. That India got to 140 plus was thanks to KL Rahul's half-century, a sparkling effort on a tough pitch. He made batting look easier than it was. Thanks for joining us, folks. Hope you enjoyed the coverage. Until next time, cheers!
Virat Kohli: It's important to have belief. It was a case of us executing well initially. You don't want to let momentum slip away in the middle overs, especially with the series on the line. But the way spinners bowled in the middle, and then the effort of Nehra and Bumrah with dew was outstanding. Nehra knew exactly what he wanted to do, Bumrah was asking me every ball what I thought he should do. I told him 'just bowl what comes naturally to you.' I played for a bit on that wicket, shot-making was difficult. As soon as I got out, Rahul knew he had to play long. He has all the shots in the book. Good reflexes, hand-eye coordination. Looking forward to Bangalore. There are some things we need to tighten up.
Kapil: "Terrific bowling by Bumrah, but have to say this match is the biggest advertisement for DRS in T20, especially with India now on board."
Eoin Morgan: We didn't start the final over well, a decision didn't go our way. The wicket was tough, but fair play, he produced a match-winning over. I thought we bowled really well to back up our previous performance with the ball, but with the last two games, we've been right on the money. In the chase, we never let it get too far away from us. Root, Stokes played outstandingly well. It's unbelievably disappointing to lose, but we still have a chance to win the series in Bangalore.
10.30pm I'd like to take you into a specific instance in India's innings. The cameras panned to Kohli, who asked Bumrah to learn from what Chris Jordan did: hit the deck hard. It's something he didn't do in his first two overs, where he was walloped. But when he came back in for his next two, he mixed the 'hit-the-deck' deliveries with his slower deliveries, and that, ladies and gentleman, has made the difference. Defending eight off the final over can never be easy, but he's delivered when it has mattered most.
Ashish Nehra: Pressure game, I wanted to leave Jasprit with as many as possible to defend. Hats off to him, this isn't the first time he's done it for India. Jasprit asked me if he should bowl length. All I told him was 'you have a good yorker, look to bowl full, it's tough to hit a six even if it is a low full toss.' It worked. When 32 were needed off four overs, I told Jasprit we will win.
Jasprit Bumrah: It's always tough to bowl in the death. I tried to remember the past where I've done well in such situations. We saw the first innings, it was on the slower side. Back-of-length deliveries and slower deliveries were difficult to get away, so that is what I wanted to bowl.
Craig: "If the term "bottled it" was in the Oxford Dictionary then surely England cricket team would be alongside. How could they possibly loose from being in that position."
One ball, six. Can Moeen be England's hero? Dhoni has one glove on.
swings and misses. The ball keeps low and beats the inside edge but they take the bye. Dhoni flicks an under-arm throw but misses at the striker's end. Was through with the stroke really early
Seven from two.
rattles the stumps. This one's a length ball that is angled in from wide of the crease, Buttler looks to pull but the ball hurries onto him, cramps him for room, skids on and deflects of the pad onto the stumps. The danger man is gone, the crowd erupts
swing and a miss. Slow off-cutter, but the key was the length. This was much fuller, Buttler swung way too early, on the bounce to Dhoni who collects it cleanly, and do they don't chance a bye
Rose: "After Kohli's reprieve in the first innings, another unfair LBW decision going against England. Could this be costly?"
slower delivery, looks to work it to the leg side, gets a bottom edge that rolls to the off side
appeal for lbw, and that's a wicket that will breathe life into the Indian cmap. Looked like an optimistic appeal but the umpire raised the finger quickly. Root tried to pull across the line when he could have simply tucked it to the leg side. Looks like there was an inside-edge. Root unlucky
the captain tips this over the long-on boundary. Fetched the length ball from outside off, didn't get hold of it but it still had enough to sail over. Kohli was running backwards, the momentum was taking him over, so he didn't have time to steady himself. In the end, he tried to palm the ball back in but in vain. This game has turned and how
tails the yorker away, comes back for the second as Rahul was caught napping at long-off. It was no more than a bunt down the ground
whipped into the midwicket boundary. Banged in short, cramped for room but he went through with the stroke and got enough bat. At 135 clicks, it was sitting up nicely for him to heave it into the leg side. Pressure released.
hit straight into Nehra's shin. Yorker length, tailing away late. Didn't have the length to hit down the ground. Super delivery
once again into no man's land. Miscue. Plonks towards the edge of the circle at midwicket, they scamper back for the second. Got this off the toe end of the bat, landed it between three fielders
right into the blockhole on middle, squeezed to cover
heaved into the leg side but it falls in between midwicket and long-on. Excellent over. Pandya came charging in from the deep but couldn't get there.
Concern in the England camp. Root looked comfortable while Stokes was there. Two dots to Buttler and the equation has changed
misses another slower ball. Off cutter from Bumrah, looks to play a reverse paddle over short third man but was too late on the stroke. On the bounce to Dhoni
another dot. This is a superb slower delivery. Spongy bounce, he looks to heave across the line but missed it completely. Root under pressure now suddenly.
chopped down to point, Yuvraj comes around to cut that off. Gives Bumrah a mouthful, asking him to perhaps be at the stumps
too close to cut. Wasn't all that short too. Through to Dhoni
dot to start. Hits the deck hard, Buttler checks his drive, straight to Kohli at cover
Big over for Bumrah and India
drops it into the off side gently and they steal a quick single
slower and fuller on middle, Stokes looks to heave this into the leg side but was way too early into the stroke. Once he missed it, he was absolutely dead. Is there life in the game yet?
|Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur|
|Toss||England, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||3-match series level 1-1|
|Match number||T20I no. 593|
|Match days||29 January 2017 - night (20-over match)|