A last ball six from the Ice Cool Eoin Morgan clinched a thriller for England in the Second and Final T20I at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Skipper Morgan scored an unbeaten 49 from 26 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes to take England home with a victory for Christmas. Indiaâs bowlers struggled to get in terms with the dew and England with an in-form Alex Hales were on par to chase down the big target of 178.
The victory was set up nicely by a strong opening stand of 80 in 8.2 overs with left-hander Michael Lumb scoring 50 from 34 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes. Alex Hales who was dropped early by Awana scored a 33-ball 42 with 4 fours and a six. Just when the match was slipping away from India, Yuvraj Singh applied the brakes taking three wickets â Lumb (stumped by Dhoni), Wright (lbw) and Hales (caught sweeping).
England although the required run rate was pretty tough got the runs thanks to Morganâs perfect finishing act while the talented Jos Buttler helped him along with a 7-ball 15 with a four and a six. Yuvraj Singh was outstanding with the ball once again with 3 for 17 in 4 overs. Indiaâs fast bowlers Ashok Dinda and Parvinder Awana were hammered but they showed plenty of promise with their brisk speeds.
Over 19.6 AB Dindato EJG Morgan, Six!!
India made Morgan wait for a long time before this final ball and what does the cool man do? A full delivery from Dinda which misses the yorker length and the ice cool Morgan launches it straight down the ground for a six!
What's the fuss about says Morgan with that clean hit! England win by six wickets to draw the 2-match series 1-1.
Over 19.5 AB Dindato JC Buttler, beaten, 1 bye
Buttler shuffles across for a reverse paddle scoop and is beaten by a slower one on the backfoot and can only steal a bye. Dhoni fails to hit the stumps.
England need 3 runs to score from the final ball!
Over 19.4 AB Dindato JC Buttler, 2 runs,
Looks to play the paddle scoop and then cleverly squeezes the widish yorker to the diving Ashwin at fine thirdman for a couple. 4 from 2.
Over 19.3 AB Dindato EJG Morgan, 1 run,
Bends down and whacks the length ball to deep mid wicket for just one. 6 from 3.
Over 19.2 AB Dindato JC Buttler, 1 run,
Makes room and smacks the short of length ball to long off for one. 7 from 4
Over 19.1 AB Dindato EJG Morgan, 1 run,
Full delivery and Morgan smacks it flat towards straight long on for one. 8 from 5
End of Over 19 (14 runs) England 169/4
JC Buttler 12/4 P Awana 4-0-42-0 EJG Morgan 40/23
Over 18.6 P Awanato JC Buttler, Six!!
What a tremendous hit, the best of this match I say! Full delivery not exactly the yorker and Buttler making room smashes it flat over the bowler's head for a six!
England need 9 runs to win from the final over.
Over 18.5 P Awanato EJG Morgan, 1 run,
Drills the near yorker to the diving mid off for a single.
Over 18.4 P Awanato JC Buttler, 1 run,
Drags his pull off a short ball to long on for one. 136 kmph.
Over 18.3 P Awanato JC Buttler, Boundary!
Attempted yorker but turns out to be a low full toss and Buttler leans down to drive it in the gap through extra covers for a boundary. 137 kmph.
Over 18.2 P Awanato EJG Morgan, 1 run,
Slog pulls the slightly short ball to the quick Kohli at deep mid wicket and settles for a single. 137 kmph.
Over 18.1 P Awanato JC Buttler, 1 run,
Makes room and blocks the short and rising delivery to the off side and steals a single. 136 kmph.