4th T20: India beat England by 8 runs to level series
Suryakumar Yadav hit a brilliant 57 after India were put into bat
Indian bowlers stifled England’s batters to secure an eight-run victory in the fourth Twenty20 international on Thursday to level the five-match series at 2-2.
Shardul Thakur claimed three wickets while Hardik Pandya and Rahul Chahar took two each as India restricted England to 177-8 in their chase of 186 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Ben Stokes smacked 46 off 23 deliveries before falling to Thakur as the series witnessed its first failed chase.
The deciding match is on Saturday at the same venue.
Earlier, Suryakumar Yadav hit a quickfire 57 as India reached 185 for eight.
Rishabh Pant (30) and Shreyas Iyer (37) made useful cameos after India were put into bat in a crunch game of the five-match series.
Fast bowler Jofra Archer claimed four wickets including two in the 20th over to return his T20 best of 4-33.
Yadav took on the bowlers as he flicked Archer for a six over fine leg on the opening ball of his first international innings after missing out on batting in the second match which India won comfortably.
England hit back with two quick wickets as Ben Stokes sent back KL Rahul for 14 and skipper Virat Kohli was stumped off Adil Rashid’s googly.
Yadav, who rose to prominence with his attacking batting in domestic games and for Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians, reached his fifty in 28 deliveries. He hit six fours and three sixes in his 31-ball knock.
Left-arm quick Sam Curran finally cut short Yadav’s innings with Dawid Malan taking a sharp catch which was repeatedly watched by the TV umpire to check whether it was a clean take in the deep.
Pant and Iyer, who smashed five fours and a six off in his 18-ball blitz, boosted the Indian total.
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