India set 186-run target for England. A much improved performance from the batsmen led by newbie Suryakumar Yadav helped India post 185/8 in the must-win game against England in Ahmedabad. For England, Jofra Archer was the most successful bowler, claiming figures of 4 for 33. Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Ben Stokes and Sam Curran also got a wicket apiece.
Jason Roy and Jos Buttler are out in the middle to start the England chase of 186. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the new ball in hand for India.
End of 2nd over | England 2/0. Another tight over from India.
First boundary for Jason Roy and England in this chase. Kumar drifts down the leg side and pays for it. Roy flicks it in the fine-leg region to pick up four runs. ENG 7/0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar provides India with an early breakthrough. A slower ball on the pads and Jos Buttler mistimes. The ball goes straight up and KL Rahul at mid-off makes no mistake. Dangerman Buttler falls for 9.
A terrific 3-run over from Hardik Pandya. Almost got the wicket of Dawid Malan in that over. India bowlers have been pretty disciplined so far. Washington Sundar now comes into the attack.
End of Powerplay | England 48/1. A boundary to end the first over from Washington Sundar. Turns out to be a pretty expensive over as Sundar leaks 17 runs in it including 2 fours and a six. Shardul Thakur comes back into the attack.
At halfway mark, England need 115 off 60 balls. A terrific comeback over from Washington Sundar after getting hit for 17 in his first. Just 5 runs off it this time. India creating pressure on Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. The required rate for England has bow climbed to 11.5 RPO. ENG 71/3.
End of 12th over | England 91/3
Bairstow on FIRE! Back-to-back boundaries for Jonny Bairstow off Washington Sundar. It has been a dull day for Sundar today. Bairstow now taking him to the cleaners and keeping England alive in this chase of 186.
End of 15th over | England need 54 off 30 balls. An eventful over from Rahul Chahar. 14 runs and a wicket of Jonny Bairstow in it. Bhuvneshwar Kumar now comes back into the attack.
A terrific change of bowling from stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma. Brings back Shardul Thakur and he gets the crucial wicket of Ben Stokes. Wide outside off from Thakur and Stokes hits it down the ground straight into the hands of Suryakumar. Stokes falls for 46 in over 16.1
End of 17th over | England need 39 off 18 balls. A terrific over from Shardul Thakur comes to an end. Two big wickets of Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan
End of 18th over | England need another 33 runs off 12 balls.
End of 19th over| England need 23 off last 6 balls.
India win by 8 wickets to level series 2-2
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