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Controversy surrounds England's defeat in Kanpur

Controversy surrounds England's defeat in Kanpur

India v England Second IT20 Review

A tense final over in Nagpur saw India level the IT20 series by 5 runs - but not without controversy with Eoin Morgan left frustrated after Joe Root dismissal.

During an epic night of T20 cricket at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, it was the final over which proved to be the decider between the two sides with England needing a maximum off the last ball to win the series. However after spectacular bowling at the death by Bumrah, who took two wickets for as many runs, helped seal the win the hosts who now level the series after England's win during the First IT20 last week.   

But the game was not without controversy - with Joe Root ruled out by LBW in the final over, which captain Eoin Morgan felt was unjust and ultimately cost the Three Lions the game.

Speaking to the BBC, Eoin Morgan explained "We were in the driving seat, right up until the last over. We didn't start the over well - a decision didn't go our way and losing an 'in' batsman like Joe Root hurt us. We bowled really well again.”

…and he was not wrong. Controversy aside England will be happy with their bowling performances on the night – especially Chris Jordan, who was instrumental in 5 of India’s wickets, including Virat Kohli who was caught for just 21 in the early stages of the game.

Joe Root (38) and Ben Stokes (38) were the star batsmen on the night for England who helped keep the visitors on track to taking another victory – however the brilliance of Bumrah was instrumental to England’s downfall who bowled superbly in the 17th, with 4 dot balls and three runs in total. Heading into the final over, England still felt in control of the game with 8 required to win, but with Joe Root given LBW despite the big inside egde, the Three Lions failed to get the 6 runs required from the final ball.

The final game of the series will now be the decider between the two nations, with the next game taking place on Wednesday in Bengaluru.

 

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