In the fourth T20I of the England tour of India, Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to bowl at the Narendra Modi Stadium. The Indian bowling attack defends the target successfully and keeps itself alive in the on-going bilateral series. England 177/8, Jason Roy 40, Shardul Thakur 3/42.
England lost the big wicket of Jos Butler (9) early in the powerplay, the opener was caught by KL Rahul in Bhuvneshwar Kuma’s over. Dawid Malan (14) came out to bat at number three, along with Jason Roy he gathered 45 runs for the second wicket. Roy was counter-attacking the Indian bowlers in the first six overs. England managed to score 48 runs in the powerplay at the loss of one wicket. Malan’s forgettable series continues as the southpaw was bowled by Chahar before he could contribute much with the bat. In the following over, Roy also departed on Hardik Pandya’s bowling, the in-form batsman yet again lost his wicket while batting in the 40s, he was caught by Suryakumar Yadav in the deep. Ben Stokes (46) and Jonny Bairstow (25) were the two new batsmen at the crease, they both kept fighting against the home team with a couple of boundaries in every over till they were present at the crease. The two set batsmen gathered 65 runs for the fourth wicket before Bairstow edged the bowl while going over the covers but couldn’t even clear the in-field and was caught by Washington Sundar. Shardul Thakur brought India back into the game when he struck twice in two consecutive deliveries in which he two big wickets of Stokes and Eoin Morgan (4). Stokes was caught at long-on while the England skipper was found by the fielder at deep point. Sam Curran and Chris Jordan were the two new batsmen at the crease, both batsmen started swinging for each and every delivery. Pandya got the last recognised batman of England Sam Curran in the 18th over which shifted the momentum completely in India’s favour. Jofra Archer (18) refused to give up and kept the game alive till the last over but couldn’t manage to take his team home.
India levels the series 2-2 after they beat England by eight runs in the 4th T20I. For India, Thakur got three wickets to his name while Pandya and Chahar pocketed two each, Kumar grabbed one.