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Morgan’s six helps England square the series
December 23, 2012 , 3 : 00 am
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England batsmen Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler celebrate the victroy in the second T20 match in Mumbai. PTI
Eoin Morgan's last ball six helped England beat India by six wickets in the second and final Twenty20 international at the Wankhede Stadium here to level the series 1-1.
Morgan and Jos Buttler put up a crucial 32-run partnership for the fifth wicket to pull off what seemed like an impossible victory at one stage when Yuvraj Singh was bowling in full flow.
Yuvraj picked up three crucial England wickets to lead the Indian fightback earlier on.
Yuvraj first got the all important breakthrough when he dismissed the dangerous Michael Lumb and then was successful to catch Luke Wright (5) plumb in front of the wicket.
Yuvraj then struck for the third time when he dismissed Alex Hales (42), who in his attempt to hit a slog sweep could only find Ashok Dinda at deep backward square.
Chasing a 178-run target, Lumb (50) smashed a brilliant half century to lead the English chase by hitting 6 boundaries and 2 sixes before being stumped by MS Dhoni off the bowling of Yuvraj.
Lumb and Hales got England off to a great start when the duo reached the 50-run partnership in just 31 balls by blasting the Indian bowlers all around the park
Hales was even dropped at one stage by Parvinder Awana.
Earlier, a late flourish saw India recover from a mid-innings stutter and post a challenging 177 for eight.
A rousing start was provided by Virat Kohli, who made a brisk 38 in 20 balls while adding 57 runs with opener Gautam Gambhir (17) for the second wicket.
But India lost their way a bit with the fall of four wickets between the seventh and 15th overs before skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (38 off 18) and Suresh Raina (35 not out off 24) provided the late spark with a sixth-wicket partnership of 60 runs in just 27 balls.
Among the other top order batsmen, Rohit Sharma made a 19-ball 24 but Ajinkya Rahane and Yuvraj Singh, who was the Man of the Match in the series opener at Pune, failed.
Opting to field, England bowlers started on a disciplined note before falling apart in the face Dhoni and Raina's late assault. They, though, fielded brilliantly right through.
Tim Bresnan was easily the best bowler with figures of one for 27, identical to spinner James Tredwell, while Stuart Meaker leaked 42 runs for a single wicket.
Kohli hit seven fours and once he fell after making use of the power play overs, England took control with some brilliant out-fielding, before Dhoni and Raina wrested back the advantage.
The arrival of Kohli after the fall of Rahane gave the Indian innings the push they needed, with the Delhi batsman looking in superb nick from the first ball he faced.
Kohli started by striking two fours off Jade Dernbach.
When Luke Wright replaced Dernbach to bowl the sixth and
last power play over Kohli went berserk, cracking the bowler for four boundaries, that helped India race to 59 for one.
In the previous over Meaker started with four wides and then conceded two boundaries — one each to Kohli and Gambhir.
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