Alex Hales scored unbeaten 58 runs to guide the English team towards the victory against India in the second T20I at Cardiff and bagged the player of the match award. He slammed 58 runs off 48 balls and by his contribution England registered a win by 5-wickets and leveled the three T20I series with 1-1.Hales’ cameo came with 3 sixes and four boundaries. When the English were to score 12 runs from the last over, Hales slammed a six for the first ball to relieve from the last-minute stress. In the next ball, he tried for a six but he got just four runs. David Willey, who scored some quick runs in the first T20I scored a boundary, the winning shot.
England managed to slam the Indian pacers in this game. Jason Roy thrashed Umesh Yadav by 14 runs in the first over but Bhuvneshwar Kumar conceded only two runs from the next over. However, Umesh Yadav avenged Jason Roy by dismissing him in the third over with his first ball. Jason Roy slammed 15 runs from 12 balls. Jos Buttler, who was in good form and scored the highest number of runs in the first T20I was dismissed in the same over after scoring two boundaries.
Earlier in the third over, Virat Kohli dropped Buttler in the mid-off but for the next time, he did not repeat his mistake. Joe Root came to replace Buttler but he did not survive in the crease for a long time. He was dismissed by Yuzwendra Chahal. Then, the skipper Eoin Morgan came to support Hales and the duo added 48 runs to the fourth-wicket stand. In the 14th over, Morgan was dismissed by Hardik Pandya. Jonny Bairstow slammed Kuldeep Yadav with two sixes but fell prey to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 18th over.
Kuldeep Yadav failed to pick a wicket today but Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Chahal picked one wicket each. Kuldeep Yadav went economically and conceded only one run in the first over but later thrashed by one six and 16 runs in total in his last over in the hands of Alex Hales. Bhuvneshwar Kumar did not give away a boundary in the first three overs of his spell but conceded three boundaries in the last over.
In the first innings, India managed to score only 148 runs off 20 overs. Kohli fought his own battle to post 47 runs and later Mahendra Singh Dhoni added some quick runs. The English pacers bowled consistently and economically. Plunkett and David Willey bowled with economy rates 4.50 and 4.25 respectively.
India 148/5 in 20 overs, Virat Kohli 47, MS Dhoni 32*, Liam Plunkett 1/17
England 149/5 in 19.4 overs, Alex Hales 58*, Jonny Bairstow 28, Umesh Yadav 2/36
Alex Hales was named the player of the match.