In­dia hold their nerve as Eng­land fold un­der pres­sure

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NAG­PUR, In­dia: Jasprit Bumrah kept his nerve to send down a bril­liant fi­nal over and se­cure In­dia’s se­ries-lev­el­ling five-run vic­tory against Eng­land in the sec­ond Twenty20 in­ter­na­tional yesterday.

Chas­ing 145 to take an unas­sail­able 2-0 lead in the se­ries, Eng­land needed eight runs from the last over but the 23-year-old Bumrah bowled with ice in his veins, con­ced­ing only two runs while claim­ing two wick­ets.

Both Ben Stokes and Joe Root made 38 but their con­tri­bu­tions were not enough to get Eng­land across the line.

Root, though, was un­lucky to be given out leg-be­fore on the first ball of the event­ful fi­nal over with re­plays sug­gest­ing an in­side edge.

There was no ar­gu­ment, how­ever, when Bumrah bowled Jos But­tler with his fourth de­liv­ery of that over.

Need­ing six runs of the last ball, Moeen Ali failed to con­nect with the Bumrah de­liv­ery.

Ear­lier put into bat, In­dia posted a mod­est score with opener Lokesh Rahul (71) sup­ply­ing nearly half of the to­tal in an oth­er­wise in­sipid bat­ting dis­play by the hosts.

Chris Jor­dan (3/22) was the pick of Eng­land’s bowlers, pick­ing up Vi­rat Kholi, Rahul and MS Dhoni’s wick­ets.

The teams now move to Ban­ga­lore for the third and fi­nal Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional which marks the end of Eng­land’s tour. — Reuters

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