Eoin Morgan & his boys levelled the T20International series with 1-1 after defeating India at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday. Alex Hales was hero for the England team as the hosts needed 12 runs in 6 balls and chased the target with 2 balls remaining. Both the teams will play the decider game in the series on Sunday.
Having been put to bat first, Team India openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan failed to provide India with the cushion of a good start, with Sharma the first player to return back to the pavilion at the end of the second over.
Dhawan followed suit in the fifth over, as he was run out, dropping his bat and unable to make it back inside the crease before England captain Eoin Morgan collected Jason Roy's throw and dismissed him. KL Rahul was unable to repeat his Old Trafford heroics, where he scored his second T20I ton and was cleaned bowled by Liam Plunkett, the pacer returning the best economy figures of an English bowler in a T20 match in England.
Captain Virat Kohli (47 from 38) and Suresh Raina (27 from 20) then steadied the ship, with former skipper MS Dhoni, playing his 500th international match a day before his 37th birthday, scored 32 from 24 to help India to a respectable total of 148.
The host's big guns at the top of the order failed to fire as Jason Roy (15 from 12) and Jos Buttler (14 from 12) fell to Umesh Yadav without substantially troubling the Indians.
Trouble, however, came to the crease in the form of Hales (58 from 41), who played a steady innings throughout, and with 12 runs needed off the last over, smashed Bhuvneshwar Kumar out of the park in the first delivery, before hitting the next one for a boundary, effectively ending the game.
The winning shot hit by David Willey after Alex Hales scored a single and gave the strike to his partner. The decider game will be played in Cardiff on Sunday.