Brilliant fifty from Suryakumar Yadav was supported by excellent anti-dew bowling, while India won the fourth T20I against England in eight races. The result means that India remains alive in a series of five matches against England.
With the victory, India broke the pattern of the chasing team that has won the matches from this series so far.
After Suryakumara Yadava (57 of 31) i Shreyas Iyer (37 out of 18) helped India announce a competitive 185 for 8, Hardik Pandya (2 of 16), Shardul Thakur (3 for 42) i Rahul Chahar (2 for 35) in combination limit England to 177 for 8.
India started the defense extremely well, getting rid of the hero of the last game Jos Buttler (9) early in the chase for England. Wicketkeeper-batsman threw a slower ball from Bhuvneshwar Kumara straight into the air.
Thakur, however, dropped David Malan on the 3rd. Batsman tried to bump one over the short third man. Fielder jumped, but failed to jump as he walked with one hand. Thakur had previously conceded 13 in his first goal.
After a few limits from the edge of the bat, Jason Roy went into big shot mode by launching into the Washington Sundar.
After moving the four one backwards to the square leg, the bowler raised the maximum. Four more saw England end the powerplay powerfully, from 48 to 1.
Rahul Chahar, coming in instead of Yuzvendra Chahal, cleared Malan dizzyingly as the hitter made a complete mess with a reverse swing.
Roy was then killed for the third time in his 40s. He hit a short ball from Pandya straight to Suryakumar Yadava in a deep midfield.
The Stokes launched a return for England, dragging Sundar and Chahar into the stands with consecutive games.
Jonny Bairstow, after the initial fights, also switched to an aggressive manner, knocking down Sundar on two fours and six on the sidelines. 18 took the ball off, Sundar hit 52 for his four.
Chahar also struggled with the wet ball as Stokes fired him for a four and a six backwards in the square and lids.
However, the dangerous partnership was broken when Bairstow Chahar tricked Chahar straight into the point. He contributed 25 out of 19, but his dismissal brought India back to competition immediately.
With 46 needed from the last four cars, Thakur got another big breakthrough, having Ben Stokes (46 of 23) caught on a long line by a slower ball. The next ball, Eoin Morgan (4), also returned to the hut as he failed to take time for another off-cutter.
Pandya then received just six runs at just 18, brilliantly varying his pace. He bowled Sam Curran (3) from the last ball of his spell which ended with exceptional numbers 2 for 16.
Several big hits by Jofra Archer scared India. But Thakur managed to keep his nerves and caught Chris Jordan (12) in the blanket to seal the match.
Combat Suryakumar Yadav, the dazzling Shreyas Iyer raised India to 185
The long wait for Suryakumar Yadava ended on Thursday. In his first international inning for the country, the 30-year-old showed why so many experts and fans are cheering for his inclusion in the Indian T20I team.
However, the Indian evening started wrong, because the hosts lost the throw and they were asked to hit once again. And once again they started badly.
Rohit Sharma quickly started the throw-in – lifting the first ball from Rashid from the long ball by six. 12. however, presented Archer with a simple return catch.
Scoring 14, KL Rahul tried to free himself by creating space against Stokes. All he managed to do was tame the middle. Captain Virat Kohli then passed by Rashid, to be trapped for 1.
However, Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer ensured that India had a decent defense.
Entering the bat at number three, Suryakumar Yadav came down from the door in an amazing way. With one foot off the ground, he pulled Jofra Archer over a thin leg for maximum.
The next day, Suryakumar Yadav pierced Mark Wood through the border covers, imprinting his authority.
Suryakumar Yadav was heavy and on the spin. After swinging Adil Rashid, he launched the leggie backwards over an extra blanket for another six. The right-hander ran on his fifty of 28 balls, knocking down the same bowler through the lag point.
When Sam Curran was introduced in the 14th, Suryakumar Yadav swung his left arm over his beautiful leg for his third six. A repeat shot on the next ball led to his dismissal, albeit in a controversial way.
The ball seemed to hit the ground as Dawid Malan tried to catch the catch in front of him. However, the soft signal was not present and the original decision remained. Suryakumar Yadava ‘s debut kick ended in a magnificent 57 from 31.
Already the next ball, Iyer drove Curran to the limit through the covers. The interruption ended with a loose delivery that was transferred to the second border via a third man. Despite losing Suryakumar Yadava’s goal, India still managed 16 from Curran.
Iyer continued to find boundaries precisely. He tossed Chris Jordan over his head for a four, and hit one from inside over the blanket for a six. India has started in the last two overs with a healthy 167 for 5.
India looked ready for a total of 190 and more. But the English bowlers pulled things off very well. Hitting a six, Hardik Pandya (11) was killed in the penultimate, on the blinder catch of Ben Stokes.
Iyer then fell on the first ball on the 20th over, leading Archer straight into the deep middle goal. India eventually needed a few smart limits from Thakur to raise the score to a defensive 185 by 8.