In the thrilling fourth T20I of the five-match series, the hosts India won a thriller against the visitors England and levelled the series by 2-2. So, the last game of this series will be the series-decider.
After England captain Eoin Morgan sent the hosts to bat first, India scored 185/8 in 20 overs. In reply, England managed to score 177/8 (20 overs) at the end of the second innings.
India vs England 2021, 4th T20I
2nd innings (England): England batsmen failed to play big knocks
The Player of the Match award winner in the last game, Jos Buttler scored only 9 runs as Bhuvneshwar Kumar got his wicket in the third over of the innings.
But another opener Jason Roy and Dawid Malan put the 45 runs partnership for the second wicket. In the eighth over, Rahul Chahar broke that partnership as he bowled Malan for 14 runs. Roy scored another 40 runs off 27 balls before Hardik Pandya dismissed him in the ninth over.
Then Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes set up the crucial 65 runs partnership for the fourth wicket. When that partnership was becoming dangerous, Rahul Chahar once again brought the breakthrough as he dismissed Bairstow for 25 runs in the 15th over.
In the 17th over, Shardul Thakur was on a hat-trick by dismissing Ben Stokes (46 off 23 balls with the help of 4 fours and 3 sixes) and skipper Eoin Morgan (4) in the first two deliveries but Sam Curran denied his hat-trick by taking a single on the third ball.
Hardik Pandya had an excellent match with the ball in hand as he had bowling figures of 4-0-16-2, including dismissing Sam Curran (3) on his final ball.
In the final over, England had to score 23 runs. In that final over, Shardul conceded 14 runs in the first four balls as he conceded one four and one six along with two wides. However, he dismissed Chris Jordan (12) on the crucial fifth ball of the over, the final ball was a dot ball as Jofra Archer was not out on 18 off just 8 balls (2 fours and only six).
Apart from Pandya, Rahul Chahar got two wickets (2/35) and Shardul Thakur picked up three wickets (3/42).
1st innings (India): Suryakumar Yadav scored a half-century in his first T20I innings before other crucial contributions
Opener Rohit Sharma was caught and bowled by Jofra Archer in the fourth over while he scored 12 runs. But Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul partnership completed the powerplay when the hosts were batting on 45/1. They had 42 runs partnership for the second wicket while Ben Stokes picked up Rahul’s wicket in the 8th over of the innings when the opener scored 14 runs.
In-form captain Virat Kohli was stumped out for just 1 run as Adil Rashid got that wicket. It was his first dismissal after playing two consecutive unbeaten 70+ knocks.
Then Suryakumar Yadav and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant put 40 runs partnership for the fourth wicket. Batting for the first time in international cricket, Yadav smashed a sixer on the first ball and completed his fifty in 28 balls. Sam Curran finally broke that partnership by picking up the wicket of Yadav for 57 off 31 balls (6 fours and 3 sixes).
However, Yadav’s dismissal was a very controversial one as Dawid Malan’s low catch was hugely doubtful as his finger didn’t seem under the ball which meant that the ball touched the ground during the catching time. While the third umpire felt inconclusive with the TV evidence, he continued the on-field soft signal which was out. But in that 14th over of that innings, Sam conceded 16 runs.
Shreyas Iyer was playing quick-fire knock while Pant continued his familiar batting performance. After scoring 30 off 23 balls, Pant was bowled by Jofra Archer. In the final over of the innings, Archer dismissed Iyer for 37 runs off 18 balls (5 fours and 1 six) and Washington Sundar for 4 runs.
Hardik Pandya (11 off 8 balls) and Shardul Thakur (10 not out off 4 balls) played some very late cameos to secure the 180+ first innings total.
Jofra Archer was the only England bowler in that innings who got more than one wicket in that innings as he had bowling figures of 4-0-33-4. Also, Adil Rashid (1/39), Mark Wood (1/25), Ben Stokes (1/26) and Sam Curran (1/16) collected one wicket each in that innings.
Brief Scores: India – 185/8 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 57, Shreyas Iyer 37; Jofra Archer 4/33)
England – 177/8 in 20 overs (Ben Stokes 46, Jason Roy 40; Shardul Thakur 3/42)
Result – India won by 8 runs