India vs England 2nd T20I: Bumrah's excellence helps India seal 5-run win
Nagpur: Jasprit Bumrah bowled a magnificent final over against England in the second T20I here, as he successfully saved 8 runs to help India win a breathtaking encounter by 5 runs and remain alive in the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series.
Ashish Nehra bowled an exceptional spell of four overs as he bagged 3 wickets for just 28 runs. He, however, was smashed for 16 runs in the second-last over of the match, leaving just 8 runs to save for Bumrah.
Bumrah redefined aggressive bowling in his final two overs, as he not only took 2 wickets in those overs but also conceded just 5 runs, which helped India win the match by 5 runs, eventually.
Bumrah ended his spell at 2/20 in his four overs with 14 dot balls and was also declared man of the match for his performance.
After the departure of Roy and Billings, Joe Root and skipper Eoin Morgan (17 off 23) added 43 runs for the third wicket, but Amit Mishra did the trick by sending back the in-from England captain when the team score was 65/3.
Ben Stokes once again played an aggressive inning of 38 runs off 27 balls with 2 fours and 2 sixes. He partnered the crease with Root in a 52-run partnership for the 4th wicket, but it was not enough to take England over the line. He was caught in front of the stumps by Ashish Nehra.
Jos Buttler, who is very infamous for his aggressive batting in IPL matches, also failed to overpower Bumrah in the final over and was clean bowled by the Indian 'Yorker expert'. Suresh Raina and Yuzvendra Chahal also bowled important spells giving away just 30 and 33 runs, respectively, in their spells.
Bad umpiring helps India win the crucial match:
It may be mentioned here that one wrong decision of giving Joe Root out by umpire played a crucial role in India's win as he had a clear inner-edge but was adjudged LBW by C Shamshuddin. Earlier, in India's inning too, the same umpire had given not out to Indian skipper Virat Kohli on an LBW appeal by Chris Jordan.
The hawk-eye technology later showed that the ball was clearly going to hit the middle and leg stumps.
With this breathtaking win, India has levelled three-match series 1-1 with one match yet to be played in Bangalore on February 1.