Expectations of victory were on the side of the Indian cricket team in the second T20 that was played at Cardiff yesterday, July 6, 2018. However, England showed some resilience, coming off of a serious defeat in the first T20, to hold good and triumph at the end by chasing down a target of 148 runs set by the Indians, for the loss of 5 wickets. Alex Hales played a useful knock of 58 runs and saw the home side through, in spite of some jitters that may have crept in and made it look like the English side were doomed to the same fate as their earlier encounter.
India started out somewhat cautiously, with Rohit Sharma getting out early, and this led to a bit of a tumble of wickets with Shikhar Dhawan and K.L. Rahul going almost as soon as they had arrived, before Suresh Raina and captain Virat Kohli seemed to steady the innings for a while. At one point they were 22 runs for the loss of 3 wickets, and thanks to some under-pressure batting from M.S. Dhoni, who managed to assist wit 22 runs in the final over, the Indian side set a target of 149 for the England team to chase down.
The English came out with confidence, but seemed to be following the Indian script when they also lost their first three batsmen for 44 runs. Some middle order balancing had to be done, and that job went to Alex Hales and captain Eoin Morgan who put on a decent 48-run partnership to bring some normalcy to proceedings. It did, however, come down to the wire with England needing 20 runs in the last two overs, but Bhuvaneswar Kumar seemed to have saved his least impressive spell for the final over, and England managed to get home comfortably, with two deliveries to spare.
Stay tuned for the third and final T20 between these two sides, due to be played Sunday, July 8, 2018, at 13:00 GMT (18:30 IST).