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4th T20: India register series-levelling win over England

India vs England: India rode on superb performances from Suryakumar Yadav and all-rounder Hardik Pandya to defend 185 against England in 4th T20I and level the 5-match series 2-2 in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

India beat England by 8 runs to level series 2-2 on Thursday

India levelled their head-to-head record against England in T20Is to 9-9

The final match of the 5-T20I series will be played in Ahmedabad on March 20

Suryakumar Yadav’s fearless half-century on maiden T20I innings and Hardik Pandya’s brilliant bowling performance set up a series-leveling 8-run win for India in the fourth T20 International against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Shardul Thakur (3-42) bowled an eventful final over with England needing 23 runs for an unassailable lead.

After Chris Jordan took a single off the first delivery, Archer hit the next two for a four and a six, which seemed to rattle Thakur who followed it with two wides.

Archer took a single off the next delivery, breaking his bat in the process, before Thakur regained his composure and dismissed Jordan before finishing with a dot ball.

Chasing 186 for the series win, England did not get off to an ideal start as India’s experience bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed last match’s hero Jos Buttler for 9 in the 3rd over.

Another wicket could have pressed the panic button for England but opener Jason Roy and top-ranked T20I batsman Dawid Malan had other plans. Malan took the minimal risks as Roy scored at a rapid pace, courtesy of some authentic cricketing shots as the English duo added 45 runs for the 2nd wicket.

Rahul Chahar, playing his 2nd T20I, gave India their 2nd breakthrough when he castled Dawid Malan round his legs for a 17-ball 14 with the score at 60 for 2. Roy, who was looking dangerous, was the next English batsman to depart when he hit the short delivery from Hardik Pandya straight to Suryakumar at deep mid-wicket in the very next over.

However, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow changed the equation for England in a matter of few minutes as they raced to a 50-run partnership off just 29 balls. Stokes and Bairstow picked up the gaps and found the boundaries to keep the scoreboard moving at a quick pace before Chahar got rid of Bairstow for 25.

Suryakumar’s maiden T20I fifty powers India to 185 for 8

Earlier, Suryakumar Yadav smashed a fiery maiden fifty to help India post a competitive total of 185 for 8 in a do-or-die match against England. As expected, Eoin Morgan asked India to bat after winning the toss. India lost Rohit Sharma early but Suryakumar Yadav stitched mini partnerships with KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant to bring India back on track.

Hosts’ suffered a double blow in the form of Rahul and captain Virat Kohli as they were pegged back to 70 for 3 in the ninth over. Rahul failed to impress once again as he offered a simple catch to Jofra Archer at mid-off off the bowling of Ben Stokes while Kohli, who had hit back-back half-centuries in his last two innings, had to walk back on 1 after Rashid dismissed him with a peach of a delivery.

Suryakumar, who replaced an injured Ishan Kishan, hit six fours and three sixes in his 31-ball 57 to top score for India after being asked to bat. India did not have a big partnership but quickfire knocks from Shreyas Iyer (37 off 18 balls) and Rishabh Pant (30 off 23) took the hosts to their highest total of the series.

However, Surya was forced to walk back to the pavilion as a result of a controversial call made by the third umpire following a catch claimed by Dawid Malan in the 14th over of India’s innings. A part of the ball seemed to have touched the ground but the TV umpire did not overturn the on-field umpire’s decision due to lack of conclusive proof. Ben Stokes took a stunning catch to remove Hardik Pandya in the 19th over and Washington Sundar was adjudged out in the last over.

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