Live Updates Between India vs England 2nd T20, straight from Cardiff

India score 148 for 5 in 20 overs.

23:39 IST: FOUR! Dhoni finishes off in style with boundary of a pull. 22 runs from the final over of Jake Ball. Virat Kohli(47) was the highest scorer for India. Dhoni scores 32 off 24 balls.

23:35 IST: FOUR! 4 lucky byes for India and it’s also a no ball from Jake Ball. Pandya fails to connect. Just a single off the free hit. IND 140-5 after 19.4 overs.

23:35 IST: FOUR! Dhoni dances down the ground and ball races towards the long-off boundary for four. IND 132-5 after 19.2 overs.

23:33 IST: Final six balls remaining for India.IND 126-5 after 19 overs.

23:32 IST: SIX! Length ball from Chris Jordan and it disappears over long-on boundary for a six. First maximum for Hardik Pandya in the game. IND 125-5 after 18.5 overs.

23:28 IST: 18 overs are up! A Dhoni special required now. Can he do it? He is batting on 14 along with Pandya on 3 runs. IND 115-5 after 18 overs.

23:23 IST: OUT! Virat Kohli walks back after scoring 47 off 38 balls. Pulls the ball off David Willey and an outstanding catch from Joe Root at fine leg. IND 111-5 after 17.2 overs.

23:12 IST: 15 overs are up! 5 to go. It’s now or never for Dhoni and Kohli. IND 93-4 after 15 overs.

23:12 IST: FOUR! After 4 dot balls, Dhoni whacks the fifth one off Rashid with enormous power towards deep mid-wicket boundary for a four. IND 93-4 after 14.5 overs.

23:00 IST: OUT! Suresh Raina walks back after scoring 27 runs. Fails to read the wrong-un. Stumped off the bowling Adil Rashid. IND 79-4 after 12.2 overs.

22:56 IST: India looking to accelerate now! 11 runs from Jake Ball’s over. IND 78-3 after 12 overs.

22:52 IST: FOUR! SIX! Virat Kohli goes after Adil Rashid. First boundary was a brilliant flick of the wrist towards deep mid-wicket. Second shot was straight down the ground. Ball just crosses the rope. IND 67-3 after 11 overs.

22:48 IST: 10 overs are up and India are 52-3. Virat Kohli (14 off 19 balls) is batting alongside Suresh Raina (16 off 12 Balls).

22:46 IST50 up for India! Slowly and steadily India are building on after initial collapse. Virat Kohli(13) and Suresh Raina(15) are dealing in one’s and two’s at the moment. IND 50-3 after 9.4 overs.

22:37 IST: FOUR! Boundary to finish of the 7th over from Liam Plunkett. Raina awkwardly pulls the ball over long-on boundary for a four. IND 36-3 after 7 overs.

22:33 IST: POWERPLAY overs are up! Perfect start for England as Indian batsmen Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli are living dangerously at the moment. England pacers are causing a lot of trouble with short pitched deliveries. IND 31-3 after 6 overs.

22:29 IST: FOUR! Relief for India as Suresh Raina tucks the ball fine towards fine-leg boundary. IND 27-3 after 5.1 overs.

22:26 IST: OUT! Knocked him over! Plunkett dismisses KL Rahul for 6. India are in deep trouble. IND 22-3 after 4.5 overs.

22:23 IST: OUT! That was unfortunate! Bizarre dismissal as Dhawan fails to make his ground after getting hit on his arm. IND 22-2 after 4.2 overs.

22:21 IST: Change of bowling from England. Liam Plunkett replaces David Willy. 

22:20 IST: FOUR! Misfield from Alex Hales at deep square leg and Dhawan collects a boundary off Jake Ball. IND 21-1 after 3.5 over.

22:14 IST: Brilliant start from the English bowlers. 3 overs are up and India are 13 for 1

22:09 IST: OUT! Rohit Sharma is out after scoring 5 runs. Mistimes a pull shot and the ball is comfortably caught by wicket-keeper Jos Buttler. First T20I wicket for debutant Jake BallIND 7-1 after 2 overs.

22:08 IST: FOUR! First boundary for India and Rohit Sharma. That was SMASHED right from the middle of the bat. IND 7-1 after 1.4 overs.

22:05 IST: Brilliant first over from David Willey. Just one single. IND 1-0 after 1 over.

22:04 IST: Rohit Sharma and India are off the mark with a single. Rohit tries a risky ramp shot off Willey but misses. Ball hits on the thigh and Rohit takes a single.IND 1-0 after 0.5 overs.

22:01 IST: First Ball! Right on the money from David Willey. 

21:59 IST: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are out at the center for India. David Willey will start the proceedings for England.

21:36 IST: So, India have gone unchanged in the second T20I. England on the other hand have gone in with one change. They have opted for an extra seamer. Jake Ball replaces Moeen Ali in the second T20I against India.

21:35 ISTIndia (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal.

21:35 ISTEngland (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jonny Bairstow, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Jake Ball.

21:32 IST: Jake Ball makes his debut for England!

21:31 IST:  England skipper Eoin Morgan has won the toss and opted to bowl against India.

21:00 IST: 30 minutes to go for the toss.

20:55 IST: Here’s the pitch for you! There is a bit of grass on the surface but looks like a belter of a track. A high scoring game can be expected.   

20:15 IST: The men blue have left their hotel and are in the team bus heading to the stadium.

20:05 IST: Look who is back in the England team!

20:01 IST: Here’s a look at the training session that team India earlier had ahead of the second encounter. 

20:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live updates of the second T20I match between India and England.

In terms of ICC rankings, a 2-0 series lead will allow India to close the gap with second-placed Australia, while a 3-0 whitewash will help them leapfrog to second behind top-ranked Pakistan. Australia will have to win both their next two games in the ongoing tri-series in Zimbabwe to stay above India. A loss on Friday will see England drop down to rank seven below New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies, respectively. It will be a surprising downturn for the high-flying English team, one of the better in limited-overs’ cricket at the moment. It is a stark reminder of their poor winning ratio nevertheless, having won only 5 out of their last 10 T20 internationals. The big question facing England is how to contend with the unorthodox wrist spin of Kuldeep Yadav. In the aftermath of their loss on Tuesday, both skipper Eoin Morgan and ace batsman Jos Buttler have urged their teammates to show more patience at the crease and watch the ball carefully.

But with such a short turnaround in the fixtures’ list, it is easier said than done. The English camp will deploy the services of spin-bowling machine ‘Merlyn’ at Cardiff. A scarcity of unorthodox wrist spinners to practice against is one of the key reasons for this move, as the spin-bowling machine is capable of replicating every style of delivery. An English team last used it ahead of the 2005 Ashes, when they were practicing to contend with Shane Warne. A key reason underlined by Morgan after the first defeat was that the middle-order batsmen, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, who both got stumped off successive googlies, needed more time to settle in. Despite the loss, one of the key strengths for England is their top-order’s ability to handle pace and they would like another fast start at Cardiff. It is perhaps the only real concern for India emanating from that first game as the enforced new-ball pairing of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav was proven ineffective at Old Trafford.

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