England Win A Thriller At Edgbaston

England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40) beat
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs
Twenty20 International, Edgbaston
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Eoin Morgan hit 71 in 31 balls before England held on to beat India by three runs in the one-off Twenty20 International at Edgbaston.

England posted 180 for seven and despite a half-century from Virat Kohli and an unbeaten 28 in 17 balls from captain MS Dhoni, India closed just short on 177 for five.

Jason Roy made his debut for England while India handed debuts to leg-spinner Karn Sharma and batsman Ambati Rayudu.

Eoin Morgan's 71 in 31 balls guided England to a winning score

Eoin Morgan's 71 in 31 balls guided England to a winning score
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And Roy quickly showed he was not overawed by the situation by reverse sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin for four early on, making eight in 10 balls before driving Mohammad Shami to Ajinkya Rahane in the covers.

Moeen Ali (0) fell to the same combination soon after before England's first substantial partnership between Alex Hales and Joe Root got the innings back on track.

Hales cracked 40 in 25 balls with three fours and three sixes as he and Root took the score to 75 when Hales perished, brilliantly caught by Rahane in the deep off Ravindra Jadeja.

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Root was dropped by Ashwin, although India's catching and fielding was otherwise outstanding, when on nine and went on to hit 26 in 29 balls before Morgan raced to a 26-ball half-century that underpinned England's eventual score.

Although Jos Buttler (10) before getting into his stride and Root became Karn Sharma's first international wicket, Morgan belied modest returns in the One-Day International series by freeing his arms to strike three fours and seven sixes as he struck a magnificent and powerful 71 in 31 deliveries.

His sixth Twenty20 International half-century was supported by a late cameo of 21 not out in nine balls from Ravi Bopara while Chris Woakes was run out from the final ball for a duck.

By then Morgan had fallen, caught by Rahane - equalling the record of four catches in an T20 International - off the bowling of Shami but he had helped England add 81 runs in the final five overs to set India a challenging target on a worn, tired pitch.

Shami returned three for 38, Karn Sharma one for 28, Jadeja one for 35 and Mohit Sharma one for 39.

India did not make the same quick start as England had and they were hampered when Ali, who was booed throughout the match by several of the thousands of Indian spectators at the ground, bowled Rahane for four.

Shikhar Dhawan (33 in 28 balls) and Kohli (66 in 41 balls) took India to 40 after five overs; the boos turned to cheers as the pair began to punish England with a smattering of boundaries, ending the Power Play on 53 for one, setting up an excellent platform for the run chase.

At the halfway stage they were 89 for one but England responded when Woakes clean bowled Dhawan although the runs kept flowing, Suresh Raina bringing up India's century by hammering James Tredwell for six.

Kohli then reached his half-century - his first of the summer - off 31 balls, was then dropped by Harry Gurney off Ali and finally dismissed when Hales did hold on off the bowling of Steven Finn, leaving India requiring 50 to win in 34 balls.

Dhoni joined Raina at the crease and the pair seemed to be easing India home until Gurney bowled Raina for 25 in 20 balls - India still needing 36 to win with 19 balls remaining and following a mix-up, Jadeja was run out for seven in four balls as England kept the pressure on in the field.

MS Dhoni (left) gesticulates after Ravindra Jadeja was run out

MS Dhoni (left) gesticulates after Ravindra Jadeja was run out
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With two overs to go, India needed 26 to win and Dhoni sprung into action by hitting Gurney over mid-wicket for four but after that Gurney kept it tight against Rayudu, to leave India with the task of scoring 17 from the final over, bowled by Woakes.

Dhoni started with a six, hammered over mid-wicket, then managed to scamper a couple of runs although a better throw from Ali would have seen the batsman in big trouble. A dot ball from the third ball was followed up by another boundary, which left the tourists needing five to win - or four to force a Super Over - from two balls.

Dhoni could have taken a single from the penultimate ball, but chose not to, and in the end five to win in one ball proved beyond him, and he could only manage a single, ensuring a long tour of England came to an end with a defeat.

Dhoni finished unbeaten on 27 in 18 balls with the wicket-takers for England being Finn (1-28), Ali (1-31), Gurney (1-29) and Woakes (1-43).

This one went for four, but MS Dhoni couldn't quite get his team home

This one went for four, but MS Dhoni couldn't quite get his team home
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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs