Thanks to the excellent bowling by Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur, and also the batting by Suryakumar and Iyer, India managed to win the 4th T20I of the Paytm India vs England series. The 4th match was the first close-contest match in this series between the world’s two strongest teams.
Rohit Sharma smacked Adil Rashid over extra cover to launch India’s innings. He went after the English bowlers early on, giving KL Rahul time to settle in. He was finally dismissed for 12 runs after being caught off guard by a slower strike. Thus, it provided Archer with a quick return catch. Rahul, however, couldn’t seize the opportunity and struggled to a 17-ball 14. Adil Rashid dismissed Virat Kohli yet again, this time stumped. Pant took his time to settle in before unfurling his range of strokes. But just when he looked good to push the accelerator in the death, Archer had him castled. Shreyas Iyer, batting at 6, displayed aggressive intent, and his 18-ball 37 gave India the push in the last few overs.
Batting at6, Shreyas Iyer showed aggressive intent, and his 18-ball 37 gave India the upper hand in the final few overs. Mark Wood was the most economical of the bowlers, returning 1 for 25 from his four overs. Archer took four wickets. England fought back with a flurry of wickets in the final few overs, limiting the hosts to 185 for eight despite Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar’s late boundaries. However, the innings star was Suryakumar Yadav, who in his first international innings scored a stunning 31 ball 57. It allowed India to play the aggressive style innings that they always wanted to do.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar got things started with a maiden over. Hardik Pandya also gave up just two runs on the other end. Despite Dawid Malan’s struggles at the other end, Roy helped England maintain a consistent run pace. Malan only managed 14 runs in his 17-ball stay before being bowled round the legs by Rahul Chahar’s first over googly. Roy had given the visitors a boost, but in the next over, he followed Malan back to the dugout, narrowly missing a half-century for the second time.
England’s chase was thwarted when Shardul Thakur struck twice in the first two balls of the 17th over, dismissing Stokes and Eoin Morgan. England’s chase was stopped when Shardul Thakur struck twice in the first two balls of the 17th over. He dismissed Stokes and Eoin Morgan in the same over. On the other hand, the Mumbai pacer kept his cool and eventually helped India cross the finish line. Hardik Pandya was extremely economical and gave only 16 runs in his four overs and took two wickets.
In the end, India managed to win the match by eight runs. Suryakumar Yadav was given the MoM award for his scintillating batting performance.