England beat India by five wickets in the second T20I at Cardiff to level the series 1-1. Alex Hales emerged as a star. Hales smashed a six and a four in the last over when 12 runs were required to win the match. Indian team had a bad day as their batsmen and bowlers failed to impress on the field. Indian Skipper Virat Kohli complemented the opposition team stating England were the better team on the day.
Kohli said, “When you lose 3 wickets in the first 6 overs for 30 runs it’s difficult to come back. I thought a partnership would get us to 145, and that would have been competitive. England made good use of the wicket which had some extra bounce. We were pushed back initially in the first six.”
“I think we competed quite well but England were the better side, that’s why they came through today. We need to focus on the next game,” he added.
Meanwhile, England skipper Eoin Morgan praised his boys for their all-round effort “To come back from Old Trafford, we played quite well. When there is bounce in the wicket there is certainly a chance to take wickets upfront, and we did that,” Morgan said.
“Willey did well and Jake Ball was great on debut. Alex was fantastic today. We normally play spin well, and the guys were really confident and they stuck to the plans and executed extremely well today,” he added.