T20: Hales Helps England Beat India

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Cardiff: England Alex Hales stayed till the end to take his team to victory in the second T20 international against India in Cardiff on Friday. Alex Hales scored a brilliant 58 not out off 41 balls with four boundaries and three sixes.

England were off to a brisk start by their openers but Indian bowlers bounced back to scuttle the England middle order. But Hales and Bairstow stitched a 34-run fifth wicket partnership to bring England closer to victory. Hales wasted no time in the over of Bhuvneshwar Kumar hitting him for 12 runs in 4 balls to take England past the Indian total.

Earlier, the seasoned Mahendra Singh Dhoni clobbered 22 runs in the final over and lifted India from a precarious 22 for three to 148 for five in testing conditions in the second T20 International against England in Cardiff on Friday.

Skipper Virat Kohli top-scored with 47 against a much-improved England bowling, but it was Dhoni’s effort that gave India’s total a semblance respectability.

Dhoni remained unbeaten on 32 off 24 balls with the help of five boundaries. Sent into bat after the coin landed in favour of Eoin Morgan, India were off to an inauspicious start, losing the opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan and last game’s centurion KL Rahul, with just 22 runs on the board.

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