England round off their summer with a fine win in Birmingham.
England have beaten India in the one-off Twenty20 international at Edgbaston, after visiting captain MS Dhoni failed to hit the boundary required from Chris Woakes’ final ball to take a pulsating clash into a super over.
England batted first and, despite neither debutant Jason Roy nor Moeen Ali hitting runs at the top of the order, a quick fire 40 from Alex Hales and a solid innings from Joe Root set things up for Eoin Morgan to blast away the Indian attack. Hales looked like he could go on to a big score, before brilliantly being caught in the deep by Jinkya Rahane:
The Middlesex man relished his role as England captain and his performance surely showed that he is a genuine contender to take over from Alastair Cook in longer formats of the game?
Morgan’s 71 came off just 35 balls and included seven sixes, whilst a 21 added to the score by Ravi Bopara was also more than useful for the hosts, who posted a score of 180-7 after their 20 overs.
Dhawan helped India to get off to a reasonable start the top of their innings with 33, but it was a fine innings from Virat Kohli that seemed to put the visitors in a commanding position as he hit 66 off 54 balls, with Suresh Raina notching 25 at the other end.
Ravi Jadeja failed to replicate his one day heroics, however, and it was left to captain Dhoni to try and hit 17 off the final over to claim a win for India before falling just four runs short.