England bounced back in style on the back of a massive knock from Alex Hales setting up a decider on Sunday at Bristol. Chasing under-par 149 to win, England got off to a shaky start until Hales and Morgan joined together to forge an assuring partnership to get them back on track, Bairstow doing the finishing touches at the back end. The win was initially set up by the bowlers, who on a tacky surface bowled into the batsman’s ribs and played the ground dimensions to their advantage. Sportkeeda takes a look at how players fared on a remarkable day of second T20 international between India and England
Rohit Sharma – 3/10
Under pressure from KL Rahul for the opener’s slot, Rohit didn’t do any favors to justify the arguments who struggled against the short ball tactics from England bowlers and ended up skying a top edge to Jos Buttler for a single digit score.
Shikhar Dhawan – 3.5/10
Shikhar Dhawan had a forgettable match with the bat except for a brilliant catch to dismiss Eoin Morgan who will be a contender for the catch of the summer. Nurdling along after the loss of Rohit Sharma, Dhawan showed a poor match awareness and ran himself out failing to ground the bat despite a fumbling attempt from Morgan, courtesy of excellent pick and throw from Jason Roy
Lokesh Rahul – 3/10
Lokesh Rahul failed to replicate his performance from the previous match and lost his wicket to Liam Plunkett in the pursuit of upping the ante following the sedate start from the Indian openers.
Virat Kohli – 6/10
Finally came good with the bat since he landed in Europe, Virat Kohli resurrected the shaky power play from India, along with Suresh Raina kept them on track for a respectable total falling short of deserving half-century thanks to a good fumble catch from Joe Root.
Suresh Raina – 5/10
Provided excellent support to Virat Kohli with a handy 27, taking India to a position where they could launch themselves in the slog overs. He gave away his wicket in pursuit of dipping run rate and trying to attack Adhil Rashid.
Hardik Pandya – 5.5/10
Bowled decently in the middle overs and prized a crucial wicket of Eoin Morgan in the critical juncture of the match. He didn’t get enough deliveries with the bat at the back of the innings to make a difference to the total.
MS Dhoni – 6/10
Gave respectability to the Indian total with a handy 32, smashed Jake Ball in the last over of the match.
Bhuveshwar Kumar – 6/10
Bounced back remarkably with the ball following a forgettable last match and bowled brilliantly at the death but ended up decimated by Alex Hales and failed to defend 12 in the final over.
Kuldeep Yadav – 4/10
England prepared well against the bowler who snatched a fifer in the last match. Their tactics were spot on respecting him early on and attacked him at the right moment which was majorly down to crucial back to back sixes from Bairstow.
Yuzvendra Chahal – 6/10
Chahal accounted for only wicket falling to the wrist spin of Joe Root who misjudged a sweep and got castled. England was playing him with respect milking him for singles and ended up having similar bowling figures as Hardik Pandya.
Umesh Yadav – 6/10
Umesh Yadav backed up his performance from the previous match and snatched two crucial wickets of Jos Buttler and Jason Roy in the power play.
Jason Roy – 4.5/10
Similar kind of dismissal from the same bowler failed to create impact with the bat but effected a brilliant run-out to dismiss dangerous Dhawan
Jos Buttler – 4.5/10
Jos Buttler had a forgettable match with the bat who failed to cash in on a life given by Virat Kohli ended up getting dismissed on the same over playing a similar shot.
Joe Root – 3.5/10
Promoted up the order to stabilize the innings, stumbled to leg spin for a single digit score, took a brilliant catch to dismiss the Indian Skipper.
Alex Hales – 8/10
Match losing innings to Match winning Innings in the space of two days for Alex Hales who played a brilliant calculative knock to marshaling his team to the target, stayed till the end and finishing with an unbeaten 58.
Eoin Morgan – 4.5/10
Struggled against both leg spinners and nearly replicated Alex Hales from the last match, somehow managed to stay for few overs and prevented a slew of wickets.
Jonny Bairstow – 6.5/10
Came to bat at the crucial juncture of the match, accelerated the scoring rate and smashed Kuldeep Yadav for back to back sixes which was proved to be a turning point of the game.
David Willey – 6/10
Hit the winning runs for his team, fared decently with the ball not allowing Indians to get away against him bowling with a plan at the power play and back end of the innings.
Jake Ball – 5.5/10
Came in for Moeen Ali, bowled with pace and deceived Rohit Sharma for a single digit score, leaked 22 runs in the last over thanks to brilliant counterattack from Dhoni.
Liam Plunkett 6/10
Bounced back with a decent bowling performance and backed the short ball tactics from England, kept Virat honest at the crease.
Chris Jordan – 5/10
Decent performance with the ball considering that he bowled at the death but was wicketless in the series.
Adil Rashid – 6/10
Losing his spin partner, Adil Rashid fared decently with the ball pricing the crucial wicket of Suresh Raina.