England vs India One-Off T20 Highlights: Virat Kohli's Knock in Vain as Hosts Win Narrowly by 3 Runs
England beat India by 3 runs in the only T20I in Birmingham. Virat Kohli's 66 was in vain as India failed to reach their target of 181.
England were able to redeem some pride as they narrowly beat India by 3 runs in the solo T20 in Birmingham. Catch all the highlighs here: (SCORECARD: India vs England)
23:11 (IST): Man of the Match is Eoin Morgan for his 31-ball 71.
"Throughout the whole game the guys held their nerve very well. 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," he said.
23:00 (IST): MS Dhoni is gracious in defeat and admits ere he went wrong.
"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 today. 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," he said.
22:48 (IST): Dhoni can't get the boundary needed to level the scores and manages a single. India end at 177/5 and England win the game by 3 runs.
22:37 (IST): It comes down to the last over and 17 needed by India to win. India 164/5 in 19 overs, Target: 181.
22:32 (IST): WICKET! Jadeja is short of his ground and India lose their fifth. India 153/5 in 17.4 overs.
22:24 (IST): WICKET! Raina (25) is bowled by Gurney with a perfect yorker. India 145/4 in 16.5 overs.
22:18 (IST): Some tight bowling from England keep Raina and Dhoni in check. India 141/3 in 16 overs, Target: 181.
22:11 (IST): WICKET! Kohli (66) departs as he tries to hit Finn out of the attack. India 131/3 in 14.2 overs, Target: 181.
22:07 (IST): Kohli has the most runs by an Indian in T20s. He goes past Yuvraj Singh. India 130/2 in 14 overs, Target: 181.
22:02 (IST): Thats fifty for Kohli. India 108/2 in 12.3 overs, Target: 181.
21:52 (IST): WICKET! Dhawan (33) misses a heave and Woakes hits the timber. India 89/2 in 10.1 overs, Target: 181.
21:48 (IST): Kohli and Dhawan have taken India to a position of strength at the half-way mark. India 89/1 in 10 overs, Target: 181.
21:45 (IST): Kohli playing like a man possessed as India are in a hurry to finish it off. India 81/1 in 9 overs, Target: 181.
21:35 (IST): Kohli and Dhawan setting a solid base as India look to chase down their target. India 53/1 in 6 overs, Target: 181.
21:27 (IST): Kohli looking in good touch as he hits three boundaries in-a-row. India 30/1 in 4 overs.
21:15 (IST): WICKET! Moeen strikes as he gets through the defence of Rahane. India 10/1 in 1.2 overs, Target: 181.
21:09 (IST): Rahane gets a single off the first ball. India 1/0 in 0.1 overs, Target: 181.
20:50 (IST): Morgan's 71 powers England to 180/7. 81 runs came in the last 5 overs. Shami took 3/38.
20:47 (IST): WICKET! Morgan perishes at last for a 31-ball 71.Â England 166/6 in 19.2 overs.
20:44 (IST): 21 runs come off the 19th over and India really giving it away towards the end. England 165/5 in 19 overs.
20:42 (IST): Morgan finding the boundary yet again and this time clears the boundary. England 159/5 in 18.5 overs.
20:38 (IST): Morgan reaches his 6th T20I fifty. England 140/5 in 17.5 overs.
20:35 (IST): WICKET! Shami removes Buttler and India have finally broken the partnership. England 130/5 in 17.1 overs.
20:29 (IST): 14 runs come off the over by Jadeja and Morgan hoping to finish on a good note. England 113/4 in 16 overs.
20:24 (IST): India pulling things back in the middle overs as England fail to increase the scoring rate.
20:17 (IST): WICKET! Root falls for 26 and is caught by Rayudu off Karn while attempting a slog-sweep. Both debutants involved in the dismissal. England 85/4 in 11.4 overs.
20:10 (IST): WICKET! Jadeja strikes as he removes Hales (40). Rahane pulls off a brilliant catch and England lose a crucial wicket. England 75/3 in 9.5 overs.
20:01 (IST): Karn Sharma's first over costs 7 runs as Hales hits a boundary of his penultimate delivery. England 53/2 in 7 overs.
19:53 (IST): A lucky break for Root as Ashwin and Karn cannot decide who goes for the catch. England 36/2 in 4.4 overs.
19:46 (IST): WICKET! Moeen Ali departs and Mohit Sharma has a wicket. England losing 2 batsmen in successive overs.
19:43 (IST): WICKET! India have drawn first blood. Roy goes for an uppish drive but finds the fielder. Shami gets a wicket in his first over. England 26/1 in 2.5 overs.
19:38 (IST): A good over by Mohit Sharma ruined by Hales with a six. England 24/0 in 2 overs.
19:33 (IST): A good start for England as 17 runs come off Ashwin's first over. England 17/0 in 1 over.
19:20 (IST): Dhoni says he would have batted first as well,Â is playing despite an injured hand. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is rested while Ambati Rayudu is also making his T20 debut. Karn Sharma received his cap from Virat Kohli.
19:11 (IST): Here are the teams for today's game:
England XI: Hales, Roy, Ali, Root, Morgan, Buttler, Bopara, Woakes, Tredwell, Finn, Gurney
India XI: Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Rayudu, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, R Ashwin, KV Sharma, Mohit, Shami
19:04 (IST): England have won the toss and they will bat first.
19:00 (IST): India are currently ranked first in the ICC T20 rankings while England are in 8th position.
18:56 (IST): Karn Sharma to make his debut for India. He gets the cap from Virat Kohli. Jason Roy is also playing his first game for England as Eoin Morgan gives him the cap.
India vs England PREVIEW
The odd loss in the final ODI notwithstanding, India are expected to hold an edge as the visitors seek to bring the curtains down on what has been a mixed tour with a victory in the only T20 International against England here on Sunday.
Having suffered a 3-1 defeat in the Test series, the Indians found their bearings in the One-dayers, clinching the five-match series 3-1 despite losing Friday's inconsequential final game by 41 runs at Leeds.
Young batsmen such as Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan too fared better in the blue jersey though Virat Kohli's woeful run of form remains a major cause for concern for the Indian think-tank. (India Look to Continue Winning Momentum)
WHAT NEXT FOR TEAM INDIA?
Suresh Raina's arrival in England was like a whiff of fresh air for India, who went on to win a bilateral ODI series in that country after 24 years, despite a hammering in the Tests.
One of the first things Raina promised to do upon landing in England was to bring the smiles back in the Indian dressing-room. He did that with style, slamming a 75-ball hundred in the Cardiff ODI and delivering a sensational Indian win that formed the bedrock for the rest of the series. (Raina, Team India's Messiah)
GANGULY BACKS TEAM INDIA TO WIN WORLD CUP
Former captain Sourav Ganguly has said that India are peaking at the right time and are currently placed very well for the 2015 World Cup, where they will be looking to defend their 2011 title.
India hadn't won an ODI series of particular importance since their wins against Australia and West Indies in the 2013-14 home season. They had lost to South Africa and New Zealand away, and also endured an ordinary campaign in the Asia Cup in Bangladesh either. (India Ready to Defend Title: Ganguly)
MORGAN DEFENDS INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Eoin Morgan defended the Indian Premier League as he prepared to captain England in their lone Twenty20 international against India at Edgbaston on Sunday.
The Middlesex batsman, one of the few current England internationals with IPL experience, insisted playing in the tournament had been hugely beneficial in his development as a cricketer. (Why Morgan Likes IPL)
COOK SAYS HE GOT NO ODI CAPTAINCY ASSURANCES
Under-fire Alastair Cook has been given no assurances about his future as England's One Day International (ODI) captain but the stout opener is determined to lead the team in next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The Essex opener answered many critics during England's 3-1 Test series victory against India but questions remain as to whether Cook is the right man to lead the team in the limited-overs format. (Cook Under no Illusions)