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England End Contest against India with a 3-Run Win in T20 Match at Edgbaston

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England End Contest against India with a 3-Run Win in T20 Match at Edgbaston

September 08
12:03 2014

dhoni ODIEngland, Monday, September 8 – A good contest is what every cricket fan wishes for and expectations get usually up when two strong teams contend each other to pocket victory fighting all odds. Same scenario was seen on Sunday when India and England geared up for nail-biting T20 match, which took place at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

England won the toss and chose to bat first against India but ‘men in blue’ performed superbly well in the first few overs, letting every Indian supporter believe that they are going to prove decision of Eoin Morgan absolutely wrong. The debutant opener Jason Roy, who hit 8 runs of 10 balls; 4 x 1, was sent back to the pavilion by Mohammed Shami. His dismissal made Moeen Ali to arrive on the crease and lend a hand to Alex Hales – who brilliantly struck 40 runs of 25 balls; inclusive of 3 sixes and same number of boundaries – but the bearded cricketer had to depart at 0 as soon as right-arm medium-fast bowler Mohit Sharma took charge.

The new batsmen Joe Root tried to stabilize wobbly innings of England together with Hales and contributed 26 runs in the team’s total what he scored after confronting 29 balls. His small but attracting knock included a couple of boundaries as well. Root lost his wicket to Karan Sharma while right-handed batsman Hales fell short to all-rounder Ravinder Jadeja. By this time, it was apparent that Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys are on right track. Bowling and fielding were excellent as some superb catches were caught by the youngsters but amazing innings by the England skipper sent the ball into host’s court.

Morgan brutally hit the ball into the fences many a times that allowed his squad set a difficult target for India. 71 runs of 31 balls, including 6 x 7 and 4 x 3, are adequate to tell about his captaincy skills. Shami put a ceiling on his spellbinding play and even made wicketkeeper batsman Jos Butter (10 runs of 15 balls) to go back to the pavilion. Chris Woakes was a run out victim when Indian captain hit the stumps at the right time. Ravinder Bopara remained unbeaten at 21 runs, which were scored in just 9 balls with the help of 3 boundaries and a six. After 20 overs, 180 runs were set on the scored board for Indian team to chase.

India too got an early jolt in the form of Ajinkya Rahane (8 runs of 4 balls; 6 x 1). Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli did a good partnership by playing 33-run and 66-run knocks, respectively. Suresh Raina’s 25 runs imparted crucial role in making the guest to maintain the pace and run after the target as soon as possible. However, Harry Gurney ended his innings. Losing Ravindra Jadeja (7 runs of 4 balls; 4 x 1) at a crucial stage certainly disappointed a number of cricket lovers as he is a player who can go for bigger shots when only a few balls are remained to be bowled.

All responsibility came on the shoulders of Dhoni (27 runs of 18 balls; 4 x 2 and 6 x 1) and Ambati Rayadu, who despite being talented faced only 5 balls and scored 3 runs as India skipper elected to be at the striking end. He successfully did so nonetheless not taking singles in the final over hit the final nail in the coffin. India confronted unexpected defeat when Moeen Ali stopped a boundary. The English ‘playing XI’ put forward all efforts to stop Dhoni and Rayadu. Despite being on the stronger side, India strategy to win the 20-20 match failed. England finished one-and-a-half month long contest with a 3-run win on India.

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