BIRMINGHAM, England ( Associated Press) — India clinched the Twenty20 series against England after a 49-run thrashing in the second match at Edgbaston on Saturday.
Ravindra Jadeja’s 46 not knocked out lifted India from mediocrity to 170-8, then Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah shared five wickets to ensure England never struck out. England were out with three overs to spare.
India have an undisputed 2-0 lead in the series with one more T20 to play on Sunday in Nottingham.
After limping to 33-4 before being dismissed for 148 in the series opener at the Rose Bowl, England fell to 27-3 before crumbling to 121 after 17 overs.
Kumar took out Jason Roy with the first ball of the reply and dismissed captain Jos Buttler cheaply for the second game in a row, while the returning Bumrah outplayed Liam Livingstone with a slower ball.
England were unable to recover despite Moeen Ali’s 35 counter-attacks on 20 balls as they fell to a fifth straight loss in T20s when chasing, which Buttler decided to do after winning the toss.
India brought back Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Bumrah and Jadeja, who all missed out on the 50-run triumph at Southampton due to Test commitments, as England chased a record 378 for a famous win.
But it was the inclusion of Richard Gleeson who initially made the biggest splash as the oldest 34-year-old England debutant since Paul Nixon in 2007. He also nabbed the princely wickets of India captain Rohit Sharma, Kohli and Pant in the space of eight balls to finish. with 3-15.
Chris Jordan went 4-27, including the sackings of Harshal Patel and Kumar for their best T20 stats since March 2019, but Jadeja, who recorded her first overseas century here last week, opened up gaps down the field in her unbeaten record. 46 in 29 balls to swell India. total.
Momentum turned in his favor early in the chase as Kumar first induced Roy’s outside edge before putting Buttler at 4 in review in his next over. Buttler seemed embarrassed despite the decision not being ruled out, but India disputed the verdict and the technology detected a small spike.
Livingstone was castled between bat and bag by Bumrah’s deft cutter and England’s hopes dimmed sharply from that point. Harry Brook was caught at length, while Dawid Malan, until then a reassuring presence in the crease, reversed a full sweep back at point 19.
David Willey went on an unbeaten 33 to help England reach triple figures, but Kumar went back on the attack to take the wicket from Gleeson and finish 3-15 of his own.
Buttler was left with back-to-back defeats at the start of his reign as England’s full-time white-ball captain.
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