Match Over - England won by 5 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: England, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
  • Referee: DC Boon
  • When: 06 Jul 2018, 18:30 SAST
  • Winner: England
  • Man of the Match: AD Hales


  • Umpire1: RT Robinson
  • Umpire2: MA Gough
  • Third Umpire: AG Wharf



Overs: 19.4 / 20.0




Overs: 20.0 / 20.0


9.22pm As Alex Hales said - it's all to play for in Bristol with the series tied 1-1. Hope you enjoyed ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the second T20I. Hope to see you all soon for the series finale. Till then, on behalf of everyone here, this is Sreshth Shah, signing off.

9.16pm Kohli, the losing captain "Always difficult to come back after losing three early wickets. England hit the right areas and made us play bad shots. Would've liked 10-15 runs more. We thought 149 would be competitive, especially since they had to win. But they eventually did win. They played Kuldeep really well today, and that was the difference in the middle overs this time. They did their homework and played Kuldeep really well. Need to get back day after. The format is cruel: Umesh was outstanding, but the final-ball boundary changed things. Those little things count. Gotta brush it aside, had a good game, but England were better than us."

Morgan, the winning captain: "We showed character. There was a bit more bounce today. When it bounces you can take wickets, and that's what we did. Willey did well, and the unit as a whole did really well. We were happy with that total. To get 150 was a cagey affair, but was happy to go over the line. The way Alex played today, he adapted to conditions really well, and did small partnerships that helped us chase this down. We normally play spin quite well, but it's a matter of being logical while playing."

Alex Hales is the Man of the Match. Here's what he said: "A much needed win. Important game, and nice to take the team through to the win. Had to look at a big more footage for the spinners, and this time I played more on the backfoot. The other day was just a bad day at the office. Any position for me in the team is fine with me. All the guys below me can also hit boundaries, so we were rather confident. Bowling effort was outstanding. Two very strong teams so all to play for in Bristol."

9.07pm Virat Kohli congratulates Alex Hales as the teams shake hands. The series is still alive, and it's all thanks to Alex Hales' composed half-century. Take nothing away from David Willey and Liam Plunkett though. Their eight overs went for only 35 runs, and strangled India early during the Powerplay overs. That India even had a respectable score was courtesy MS Dhoni's late blitz. England, thought, were struggling early, but Morgan and Bairstow ensured they were able companions to Hales as England romped home with two balls to spare. Goes without saying that we apologise for the temporary outage. Stick around for the presentation.

Gops: "England will be a happy team today. 1. Merlyn has paid off. 2. They get keep their 5-0 record at Cardiff.!!"

Dude: "I guess England has found a winning formula. Win toss and put India to bat first. Spinners should finish their stint before 15th over to have an impact. We live and learn."

19.4B Kumar to DJ Willey, 1 run, winning runs! Length ball on middle, and pulled away to the deep midwicket boundary. England tie the series 1-1.
19.3B Kumar to AD Hales, 1 run, full outside leg, but Hales backs away and taps it to deep midwicket for a single. Scores tied.
19.2B Kumar to AD Hales, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, length ball on middle, and Hales pulls this fine down the leg side! Bottom-edged from Hales, and the ball has enough lets to run away to the boundary.
19.1B Kumar to AD Hales, BOUNDARY, 6 runs, huuuuuuge! Sends this into the river once again. Full on off stump, and Hales manages to get under this. Swings through the ball's line, and deposits this into the river Taff. New balls please!.
End of over 19. 8 runs this over. 137/5 after 114 balls.
AD Hales 47 (38b 3x4 2x6 ) UT Yadav 4-0-36-2
DJ Willey 2 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 18. 3 runs this over. 129/5 after 108 balls.
DJ Willey 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) B Kumar 3-0-7-1
AD Hales 40 (34b 2x4 2x6 ) more

Ajay: "seems like both of my favorite teams are loosing today, one has opportunity to come back but other will take 4 more years to come back. :("

End of over 17. 16 runs this over. 126/4 after 102 balls.
JM Bairstow 28 (17b 0x4 2x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 4-0-34-0
AD Hales 39 (32b 2x4 2x6 ) more

Kohli asks Kuldeep to bowl flat

sorry for the issues, folks.

End of over 16. 7 runs this over. 110/4 after 96 balls.
JM Bairstow 14 (13b 0x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 4-0-28-1
AD Hales 37 (30b 2x4 2x6 ) more

Jak King: "we have been stuck at 92-4 for a long time. Problems?" -- Technical difficult, folks. Sorry about that.

End of over 15. 4 runs this over. 103/4 after 90 balls.
JM Bairstow 8 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 3-0-18-0
AD Hales 36 (29b 2x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 14. 7 runs this over. 99/4 after 84 balls.
JM Bairstow 6 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 3-0-21-1
AD Hales 34 (27b 2x4 2x6 ) more

rocky: "Can someone explain the reason why Dhawan was standing up rather than close to the boundary on such small grounds? the catch looked spectacular when it should have been a simple one." -- Done in by the long shadows, perhaps? Maybe he didn't spot the ball off Morgan's bat

Abhay Arora: "England are 4 down with their openers in the crease"

Bucky: "Wristspinners take wickets. Sometimes, in that attempt, they go for runs. We can't expect them to take 4- or 5-fors every game. I'm a big fan of Ashwin, but not sure if I'd trade Kuldeep for him in T20s. If India lose, it's probably because we didn't score enough."

bhuvan: "what is a gabbar? " -- Dhawan's nickname. Named after a bollywood villain

End of over 13. 7 runs this over. 92/3 after 78 balls.
AD Hales 33 (26b 2x4 2x6 ) YS Chahal 4-0-28-1
EJG Morgan 17 (18b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 13 runs this over. 85/3 after 72 balls.
AD Hales 32 (23b 2x4 2x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 2-0-14-0
EJG Morgan 11 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Lion: "How will Indian spinners react to the smashing?"

End of over 11. 13 runs this over. 72/3 after 66 balls.
AD Hales 26 (20b 2x4 1x6 ) YS Chahal 3-0-21-1
EJG Morgan 4 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 4 runs this over. 59/3 after 60 balls.
EJG Morgan 3 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) Kuldeep Yadav 1-0-1-0
AD Hales 14 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 9. 5 runs this over. 54/3 after 53 balls.
EJG Morgan 3 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 2-0-7-1
AD Hales 12 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) more

WATCH - Kohli's drop and redemption (India only)

WATCH - Roy gets England off to a flier in chase (India only)

WATCH - Joe Root foxed by Chahal's wristspin (India only)

End of over 8. 5 runs this over. 49/3 after 48 balls.
AD Hales 9 (10b 1x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 2-0-14-0
EJG Morgan 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Rajendra Deshpa: "Merlyn did not help , Up-Rooted !"

End of over 7. 2 runs this over. 44/3 after 42 balls.
EJG Morgan 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) YS Chahal 1-0-2-1
AD Hales 6 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Shrey: "MSD becomes the 3rd Indian player after Dravid and Sachin to play 500 international matches. That too on his Birthday. May he continue to give us fans many more wonderful moments"

Do you think Joe Root at No. 3 was a good choice? Cast your vote here. The results, thus far, are rather surprising.

End of over 6. 9 runs this over. 42/2 after 36 balls.
AD Hales 5 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) HH Pandya 1-0-9-0
JE Root 8 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Vishal jaybhaye: "Umesh should be backed by the captain as they are backing Bhuvi. Pace of Umesh and swing of Bhuvi will be as important as class of Rohit and consistency of Virat in WC 2019."

End of over 5. 5 runs this over. 33/2 after 30 balls.
JC Buttler 14 (12b 3x4 0x6 ) UT Yadav 3-0-28-2
JE Root 4 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 3 runs this over. 28/1 after 24 balls.
JE Root 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) B Kumar 2-0-5-0
JC Buttler 10 (8b 2x4 0x6 ) more

WATCH - Umesh storms through Roy's defences (India only)

Rohit's ugly hoick, Dhawan's bizarre run out and much else. WATCH how the Indian wickets fell (For Indian viewers only)

End of over 3. 9 runs this over. 25/1 after 18 balls.
JC Buttler 9 (5b 2x4 0x6 ) UT Yadav 2-0-23-1
JE Root 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Saikrishnan B: "50% of the credit for Roy's wicket should go to Bhuvaneswar for bowling that tight over and pressuring Roy, which may have made him circumspect."

WATCH - England deliver yorkers with precision

Ajay Kashyap: "Best Comeback Umesh Yadav!"

End of over 2. 2 runs this over. 16/0 after 12 balls.
JJ Roy 15 (11b 2x4 1x6 ) B Kumar 1-0-2-0
JC Buttler 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Prathik Roy: "This is the perfect opportunity for England to get a hang of the Indian spinners. They should aim to score 50 to 60 in the powerplay and then just milk the spinners while getting used to them for the future matches."

Ghulam Mustafa : "Vinil, Pak has won 22 out of their last 26."

End of over 1. 14 runs this over. 14/0 after 6 balls.
JJ Roy 14 (6b 2x4 1x6 ) UT Yadav 1-0-14-0
JC Buttler 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Millind Chowdar: "Happy Birthday Dhana Dhan Dhoni! " -- Ah yes, it's midnight in India.

Ketan: "Today India will miss its second specialist death bowler. Bumrah"

Vinil Sukhraman: "Please don't kill me for saying this, but I do believe Pakistan is the best T20 side currently, balance with bat and ball. If I am not wrong, they have won some 8 T20's out 10 or so"

JJ RoyB UT Yadav151221125
JC ButtlerC V Kohli B UT Yadav141230116.67
JE RootB YS Chahal9100090
AD Halesnot out 584143141.46
EJG MorganC S Dhawan B HH Pandya17192089.47
JM BairstowC Kuldeep Yadav B B Kumar281802155.56
DJ Willeynot out 360050
CJ Jordan -
LE Plunkett -
AU Rashid -
JT Ball -
Total 149/5
UT Yadav4.003629
B Kumar3.401915.18
HH Pandya4.002817
YS Chahal4.002817
Kuldeep Yadav4.003408.5