Morgan inspires England
December 22, 2012 18:23:19 UK
A captain's innings by Eoin Morgan inspired England to a nail-biting six-wicket victory over India in the second and final T20 international in Mumbai.
Eoin Morgan was England's hero with the bat.
The Middlesex man showed all of his expertise in the T20 format as he smashed a six off the last ball to finish on 49no and give England a famous win as they passed India's total of 177-8 to finish on 181-4.
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Morgan was ably assisted by Michael Lumb (50), Alex Hales (42) and a late cameo from Jos Buttler (13no) as England ensured they levelled the T20 series, and will return home for Christmas in a euphoric mood having also secured a Test series win.
Yuvraj Singh had looked to have put India in control with the ball as he finished with figures of 3-17 having dismissed Lumb, Hales and Wright (5) to put England behind the run rate, but they did not count on Morgan who once again showed his class in pressure situations.
Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bowl, England, who included Yorkshire's Joe Root for his international T20 debut in place of spinner Danny Briggs, would have been hoping to make some early in-roads into the Indians' impressive batting line-up.
In the second over of the day Surrey quickie Jade Dernbach did just that when Ajinkya Rahane was caught at gully for three by Root with just seven runs on the board.
This brought Virat Kohli to the crease, and he looked to take the impetus away from the England attack with some hard hitting boundaries.
By the time Kohli was dismissed for 38 by Stuart Meaker off just 20 balls with seven boundaries, the score had raced to 64, and next in was the hero of the first T20 international Singh.
The left-hander however was unable to recreate his heroics with the bat, and was dismissed by Luke Wright for just four, with Root taking his second catch of the match.
Opener Gautam Gambhir was finding it extremely difficult to find any momentum with his batting, and he was finally out for 17 when after top-edging a hook shot, Tim Bresnan claimed a neat catch on the boundary.
Next to make his way to the pavilion was Ro Sharma, who was bowled by spinner James Tredwell for a breezy 24 off 19 balls, to leave India 108-5 and under pressure.
However, not for the first time, captain MS Dhoni came to India's rescue, with Suresh Raina with some heavy hitting which included swatting 20 runs from Briggs in the 17th over as they began to find the boundary with ease.
Bresnan did finally claim the wicket of Dhoni for 38, but by then India had moved to 168-6.
England did claim one more wicket in the innings as Ashwin was run out, leaving India to close on 177-8 and Raina unbeaten on 35.
With the pundits suggesting that India's score was slightly under-par, England knew that if they could get a good start they had a real chance of a win, and after Lumb set the tone, England went on to claim their tremendous, last-gasp victory through the genius of Morgan.
England are rated as 2.10 to win the ICC Champions Trophy next summer, with India 1.72.
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