21:33 Local Time, 02:03 IST: A fantastic match today! A lot of hype about the Merlyn machine which the English players have used to emulate the wristspin of Kuldeep and Chahal - a prototype of which was built way back in 2009. And boy, has that reaped results for the English. I'm uncertain whether the machine helps them pick the bowling out of the hand, but nonetheless, an excellent comeback from England today to set this series up for a potentially enthralling decider on Sunday. So that's that for the day, as we call it a wrap at 2AM IST. This is Rishi Roy, signing off from the comm-box and on behalf of Sriram AS, Akshay Maanay, and Mukesh Gowda, I wish Mahendra Singh Dhoni a blockbuster birthday! Ciao folks! #CurtainsDownFromCardiff
Alex Hales, Man of the Match 58*(41): It was much-needed, the series-decider for us in terms of staying in it. Nice to right the wrongs of last match, personally and team-wise. I've never faced Kuldeep before, had to look at a bit of footage to come up with a plan and follow it which we didn't do last game. Waited for him on the back foot today and looking out for the one floated up. The other night was just a bad day at the office. The long-term goal is the 2020 T20 WC, and getting a spot in the side is good enough - any position. Plunkett, Jordan, they can all bat really well, they can all hit boundaries. The way the bowlers got us into the game in this important encounter was great, they really set it up for us. Bristol will be a cracker, as these are two teams at the top of their games, so we're in for a show on Sunday.
Morgan, England captain: I think we did well to come back from Old Trafford, we played quite well. When there is bounce in the wicket there is certainly a chance to take wickets upfront, and we did that. Willey did well and set the tone and Jake Ball was great on debut. Only chasing 150 can be a cagey affair but we will walk away from this with a lot of confidence. The momentum does ebb and flow, and the side that grabs the moment will definitely win the game. Alex was fantastic today. The bowling unit adapted to conditions really well. We got good partnerships going which is important when you're chasing. We normally play spin well, and the guys had good confidence coming into the series and they stuck to the plans and executed extremely well today. It's a matter of being logical and committing to the plan and there was complete transparency in everything that our players did.
Virat Kohli, India captain: When you lose 3 wickets in the first 6 overs for 30 runs it's difficult to come back. I thought a partnership would get us to 145, and that would have been competitive. Average scores in local tournaments was around 145. England made good use of the wicket which had some extra bounce and some assistance for the seamers. They put pressure on us, and made us lose wickets, and the run-out didn't help either. We were probably about 15 runs short. We were pushed back initially in the first six overs. Our powerplay was not good enough, and the score in the end reflects that and we just couldn't push as much as we wanted in the end. You do take everything into account, like the pitch, etc. We did well and we knew it would be difficult for England to chase down 149 and level the series, and I think they had the partnership we didn't to close it off in the end. We knew it would be something they would have to work hard to win. They played Kuldeep really well. Chahal was outstanding and they switched roles in both games. They did their homework on Kuldeep and they reaped the rewards. It's a cruel format for the bowlers, Umesh was fantastic as well, and so was Bhuvi, but unfortunately he couldn't finish it off. That boundary in the end (19th over) from Hales pulled it back for them and these small things count in T20s which makes it such an interesting watch. We gotta brush it aside, take it in our stride and move onto the next game. I think we competed quite well but England were the better side, that's why they came through today.
- Five wins by England in Cardiff is the most by a team at a venue without losing a T20I. These teams have won four without losing any: Afghanistan in Nagpur, Australia in Gros Islet, Pakistan in Karachi, Windies in St. Kitts.
England in T20Is in Cardiff:Beat Pak by five wkts, 2010Beat Pak by six wkts, 2010Beat Aus by five runs, 2015Beat SA by 19 runs, 2017Beat Ind by five wkts, 2018
- India's run of seven successive wins comes to an end. England remain unbeaten in five T20Is at this venue.
21:08 Local Time, 01:38 IST: Wow, what a game! Nail-biter until the very end. Not the best birthday present for MS Dhoni, but that ensures a decider @Bristol in a Sunday blockbuster! A poor start to India's batting, who were struggling against the early seam movement and extra bounce. They were revived by Raina and Kohli with a partnership and the finishing touches applied by MS Dhoni as usual with a 22-run final over. Either way, 148 was a below-par total and they needed to bowl out of their skins to defend this - which they did until an aberration of a poor over by Kuldeep, conceding 16 and bringing the required rate down below 8.00. An excellent penultimate over by Umesh set Bhuvi 12 to defend off the last over, but Hales stole the show with a six off the first ball and a four off the second to seal the win. India clearly missing the services of Bumrah today, but a fantastic contest to watch today.
Excellent 19th over by Umesh. Bhuvi, I assume, will bowl the last one. Nail-biter. Finger-sprainer (for me, at least)
Umesh Yadav [3.0-0-28-2] is back into the attack
20 off 12, the equation. Too close for comfort for either team. Run-rate doesn't matter now: India need wickets. Umesh to bowl the all-important penultimate over
David Willey, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Dhoni setting the field now. Pressure situation.
Bhuvneshwar to Bairstow, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Bhuvneshwar Kumar [2.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack
Match-turning over for 16! 23 to win from 3 overs now, and the only way India can win this is with wickets. Bhuvneshwar is back. Can he gift India/Dhoni a win? This is the over that can turn it India's way.
Stat: Only the second instance of Kuldeep going wicketless in a T20I. Previous was 0/46 vs Australia in Baraspara last year.
Dhoni with the salt'n'pepper look on his 37th birthday: Pepper at the top, salt at the bottom!
Slip is out
Kuldeep Yadav [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
Prakash has more on the intrusion chaos: It was quite a scene. The security guys who ran in to take him off, first ran into Dhawan too.
Jonny Bairstow, right handed bat, comes to the crease
"One fan just ran in with an India flag around his shoulders to embrace Shikhar Dhawan...taken away now," -- informs our man Prakash from the ground.
Hardik Pandya to Eoin Morgan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Hardik Pandya [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
India review: Dhoni was not so sure. But Kuldeep convinces Kohli to take the review. Fair delivery. It is for a LBW. Impact might be outside leg. No inside edge as confirmed by UltraEdge. Ball-tracking: Impact - Outside leg. The review is lost
Kuldeep Yadav, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack
STAT Alert: Chahal is the 10th Indian bowler to take 150 wickets in this format and only Amit Mishra (119) took fewer matches than Chahal (131) among spinners.
Eoin Morgan, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Chahal to Root, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Slip in place
Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
India have not allowed England to get off to a flier. Roy and Buttler had their moments, but both have been sent back by Umesh. Onto the spinners now and here is Chahal..
Hardik Pandya, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Alex Hales, right handed bat, comes to the crease
U Yadav to Buttler, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Raina is at gully for Root
"1000 runs and counting for Buttler since May across formats in just 17 innings" - Astonishing form!
Slip is removed. Pandey is on the field not sure for whom..
Joe Root, right handed bat, comes to the crease
U Yadav to Roy, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Jos Buttler's last eight innings in T20 cricket: - That's some streak!67(26), 51(39), 82(58), 95(60)*, 94(53)*, 39(22), 61(30), 69(46)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Roy and Buttler are at the crease. Roy is on strike. U Yadav will open the attack