For most part of the match on Thursday, India looked to play a catch up game after trailing 1-2 in the series against a very strong English side. Once again the team winning the toss elected to field first and everything looked to be going how it has gone in the series so far.
Batting first Team India riding on a more than impressive debut from Suryakumar Yadav and some calculated stroke play by Shreyas Iyer down the order India managed to reach a score of 185/8 in the allotted 20 overs which by then didn’t look threatening at all given the strong English line-up and the amount of dew that was to come into play in the latter half of the day.
However, destiny had other things in store. Coming out and defending 185, Indian bowlers bowled on tights lengths giving almost nothing away. Bhuvneshwar started with a rare first over maiden and Hardik Pandya complemented him very well. The dangerous Buttler was the first wicket to fall playing a miscued shot with required rate going over 10. Dawid Malan, the no. 3 never looked settled against spin and Rahul Chahar castled him for a 17 ball 14.
Jason Roy looked in good touch until Hardik got the better of him in the 9th over. However it was the partnership of Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow which smashed Indian bowlers to all parts and threatened to take the game away. It was the over from Shardul Thakur which turned the game on its head when all looked over and some good death bowling ensured Indian hopes stay alive in the series. With the win India tied the series at 2 games apiece and it is down to the last T20 to decide who will win the series.