India clinch Twenty20 series win with England beating at Edgbaston


England were beaten by 49 points in the second at Edgbaston Twenty20 as India won the three-game series with one game to spare.

The visitors took an unassailable lead amid another lackluster display of fighting in Edgbaston, despite the heroism of Richard Gleeson.

Aged 34, Gleeson became the oldest English debutant since Paul Nixon in 2007 and snagged the princely wickets of India captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant to finish with three for 15.

Chris Jordan had four-for-27, but India’s 170-for-eight was enough to earn a 49-point win at Edgbaston and with it a 2-0 series lead with one remaining on Sunday as batters English capitulated.

After limping to 33 for four before being dismissed for 148 in the series opener at the Ageas Bowl, England fell to 27 for three before collapsing to 121 after 17 overs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar snuffed out Jason Roy with the first ball of the answer then fired Jos Buttler cheaply for the second game in a row, while returning Jasprit Bumrah edged out Liam Livingstone with a slower ball.

England were unable to recover despite Moeen Ali counterattacking 35 from 20 balls as they slipped to a fifth consecutive loss in this format on the chase, which Buttler opted to do after winning the draw.

India brought back Kohli, Pant, Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja, who all missed the 50-point triumph at Southampton due to their Test commitments, when England chased a record 378 for a famous victory.

But it was the inclusion of Gleeson – replacing Tymal Mills, with David Willey in place of Reece Topley – that initially caused a stir.

It wasn’t too long ago that Gleeson was set to retire with a stress fracture in his back, but he owed his call-up to a terrific season in the Vitality Blast for Lancashire, juggling his playing duties with a teaching job, and he led the fightback after Rohit and Pant started strong.

Pant, not Kohli, reinforced the idea that India were looking to attack in the power play, heading into the open alongside Rohit, who looked set to capitalize after Roy had a weak chance. Willey was the unfortunate bowler and he had the indignity of being pulled and then led into the stands by Rohit.

With Pant picking up where he left off in the test, mixing power and innovation, including a straight six from Moeen followed by a whipped draw for four, India looked in the boxeat but Gleeson made the breakthrough with his fifth ball in international cricket, rushing Rohit on the pullover.

A top edge looped gently for Buttler to take a diving hold behind him while better was to follow for Gleeson, whose seventh and eighth balls represented Kohli and Pant. Kohli appeared to hit straight but angled towards Dawid Malan who was returning from the back spot while a slightly inside charging pant edged past Buttler.

A position of 49 with no loss became 61 for three and while Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya consolidated and milked leg spinner Matt Parkinson, they perished on successive deliveries from Jordan, the former mistaking the leg and the latter slapping backstitch.

Jordan brushed off Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar for their best T20 international numbers since March 2019 but Jadeja, who recorded his first century abroad here last week, punched through gaps on the pitch with his unbeaten 46 balls in 29 bullets to inflate India’s total.

The momentum swung in their favor early in the chase when Bhuvneshwar first induced Roy’s outside edge before revising Buttler on his next round. Buttler looked sheepish despite the decision not to come out, but India questioned the verdict and the tech detected a sharp spike.

Livingstone sent Bhuvneshwar on all fours either side of the wicket on his first two balls, but was castled between bat and pad, with Bumrah’s clever off-cutter seeing the all-rounder’s back.

England’s hopes dwindled considerably from then on, Harry Brook’s clothes hanging out for a long while as Malan, hitherto a reassuring presence at the crease, swept back a full throw to the back spot.

Moeen cleared the leg-side boundary of Jadeja and Pandya, who got an instant rematch when the batter missed halfway. Willey made an unbeaten 33 to help England reach triple figures but Bhuvneshwar came on the attack to collect Gleeson’s wicket and finish with three for 15 of his own.

Patel entered the wicket column clearing Parkinson to put the hosts out of their misery, leaving Buttler to back-to-back defeats early in his reign as England’s full-time clean-ball captain.

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