India defeat England to clinch T20 series

India had won the first match by 50 runs

India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took three wickets. — AFP
India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took three wickets. — AFP

By Reuters/AFP

Published: Sat 9 Jul 2022, 8:50 PM

Last updated: Sun 10 Jul 2022, 12:22 AM

Indian seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck three times as a spirited bowling display from the touring side helped them outclass England by 49 runs in the second Twenty20 at Edgbaston on Saturday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Bhuvneshwar (3-15) rocked England early in their pursuit of 171, removing Jason Roy with the first ball and then his fellow opener and England captain Jos Buttler, before Yuzvendra Chahal (2-10) chipped in with two wickets to leave the home side struggling on 55-5.

Moeen Ali (35) and David Willey (33) kept England afloat with entertaining cameos but a flurry of wickets meant that they were bowled out for 121 in 17 overs.

“When the ball swings, you definitely enjoy. In the last few years, there is not much help with the ball in England but this year it’s more,” said Bhuvneshwar, who was named player of the match.

“White ball getting swing upfront is a motivational factor for fast bowlers, and batters have to take their chances.”

Kumar set the tone from the start of England’s chase, having the dangerous Jason Roy caught at slip by India captain Rohit Sharma for a first-ball duck.

The medium-pacer followed up by having England captain Jos Buttler, one of the world’s best white-ball batsmen, caught behind for just four. And when the hard-hitting Liam Livingstone was bowled by a superb off-cutter from Jasprit Bumrah, the hosts had slumped to 27-3 inside five overs.

Ali and Willey tried to get England back on track but, with wickets falling steadily at the other end, the odds were always against them and the match ended with exactly three overs left when Harshal Patel yorked No 11 Matt Parkinson.

Earlier, India’s bold new approach to T20 cricket was on show again after they were put in to bat as Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant got stuck into the England attack from the outset, accumulating 61 runs in the powerplay.

But that early momentum was halted by paceman Richard Gleeson (3-15), who revelled in a dream debut by claiming the prized scalps of Rohit (31), Virat Kohli (1) and Pant (26) in the space of four balls.

Suryakumar Yadav (15) and Hardik Pandya (12) also departed early, both falling to Chris Jordan (4-27), as England mounted a strong recovery before a 29-ball 46 from Ravindra Jadeja helped India finish on an imposing 170-8. “Brilliant knock (from Jadeja) under pressure. We wanted someone to bat through and get us a score, Jadeja had scored a hundred here (in the fifth Test) and he carried on from there,” said Indian captain Rohit.

“At no point we were feeling he was panicking. Was good to finish on a score we thought was par on that surface.”

Gleeson struck with just his sixth ball in international cricket, removing Rohit for a quickfire 31 when the opener top-edged a hook before wicketkeeper Buttler holding a good catch as he ran back.

Gleeson then took two wickets in two balls at the start of his next over.

Star batsman Kohli, now without a hundred in 76 international innings across all formats, fell for just one when he sliced Gleeson and Dawid Malan held a fine catch over his shoulder as he ran from backward point. Pant (26 off 15 balls) then charged at Gleeson but was caught behind off an inside edge.

Yadav and Pandya repaired some of the damage before they were dismissed by consecutive Jordan deliveries to leave India 89-5 before all-rounder Jadeja got India to a competitive total.

The teams play one more game at Trent Bridge on Sunday.

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