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India stay alive in series with thrilling five-run win

Jasprit Bumrah (right) and Ashish Nehra shared five wickets between them
Jasprit Bumrah (right) and Ashish Nehra shared five wickets between them

India 144-8 (Rahul 71) beat
England 139-6 (Stokes 38) by five runs
Second Twenty20 International in Nagpur

Jasprit Bumrah picked two wickets in the final over and conceded just two runs as India successfully defended 144 runs to win the second Twenty20 International in Nagpur by five runs to level the series 1-1.

Earlier, India's total of 144 for eight was set up by a brilliant 71-run knock by Lokesh Rahul on a testing pitch.

England won the toss and elected to field first once again. India started the innings cautiously when they scored 15 runs in the first three overs.

Kohli (21) struck a six and a four in the fourth over to inject some momentum but was dismissed in the next over bowled by Chris Jordan (3-22) and India ended the powerplay at 46 for one.

Suresh Raina (7) had another failure when he chipped a Adil Rashid (1-24) delivery to long on while Moeen Ali (1-20) trapped Yuvraj Singh (4) LBW in the 11th over.

Rahul tried to keep the fight going and completed his fifty off 32 deliveries. Giving him company was Manish Pandey (30) as they duo added 56 runs to take India past the 100-run mark.

However, England ended the innings strong after they picked five wickets in the final three overs to restrict India to 144 for eight in the 20 overs.

With Yuzvendra Chahal (0-33) opening the bowling, England scored just seven runs in the first two overs. Both Jason Roy (10) and Sam Billings (12) struck a six each in the next over to relieve the pressure but Ashish Nehra (3-28) struck twice in two deliveries to remove them.

England ended the powerplay at 36 for two and onus was once again on Joe Root (38) and Eoin Morgan (17) to bail the team out.

Amit Mishra (1-25) ended the 43-run stand when he had Morgan caught at deep midwicket. It was also his 200th wicket in T20.

Just when the pressure was building in the middle overs, Ben Stokes (38) struck two sixes and as many boundaries in three overs to bring down the target to 32 runs off 24 deliveries.

In the next two overs, India conceded just eight runs while Nehra also managed to trap Stokes LBW leaving England require 24 runs in the final two overs.

Jos Buttler (15) struck a six and a four in the penultimate over to swing the game in England's favour as they needed eight runs off the final six deliveries.

But, Bumrah held his nerve and bowled a brilliant final over where he picked both Root and Buttler and conceded just two runs in it to seal thrilling win for India. Bumrah was awarded the man of the match for his heroics with the ball.

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