Alex Hales stars as England level the series at Cardiff

England beat India by 5 wickets in the second T20I game of the series played at Cardiff.

Hosts England came back strongly to beat India in the second T20 game played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.  Alex Hales was the star of the show to help England level the three-match series. The bowlers did a splendid job to restrict India to 148 for 5. Hales smashed unbeaten half-century to see England win the game by 5 wickets.

Hales came into the game under a lot of pressure after a timid display in the first game of the series. England needed 12 runs off the last over to win the game. Hales smashed a six and a four to see England complete a comfortable victory. Bhuvneshwar Kumar failed to execute perfect lengths in the final over of the innings. David Willey finished things off for England with a boundary.

England got off to a decent start as Jason Roy went after the bowlers from the start. Bhuvneshwar Kumar put in a tidy bowling performance to keep India in the game. Umesh Yadav dismissed Roy for 15 to see England lose their first wicket. Jos Buttler produced a rare failure with the bat as Umesh Yadav picked up his second wicket of the innings.

Joe Root was once again perished for a low score as Yuzvendra Chahal clean him up with a googly. England Captain Eoin Morgan came to the crease and put on a 48-run partnership with Alex Hales. The duo rotated the strike well and kept the scoreboard ticking.

Hardik Pandya came into the attack and dismissed Morgan courtesy of a stunning catch by Shikhar Dhawan. Jonny Bairstow also chipped in with crucial runs for England and added 34 runs with Hales. He smashed two big sixes off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav to help England get closer towards the target. Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Bairstow in the 17th over of the innings to keep India in the contest.

Kuldeep Yadav could not make an impact with the ball as he finished wicketless in this game. Hales delivered a match-winning performance with the bat and finished unbeaten till the end. He scored 58 runs off 41 balls with the help of four fours and three sixes.

Earlier in the day, Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul departed for low scores to see India lose their top-order inside Powerplay overs. Shikhar Dhawan was run-out for 10 runs to see India in all sort of trouble. Indian Captain Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina led fightback for India as they added 57-run partnership.

Suresh Raina played well and scored 27 runs off 20 balls before being stumped off the bowling of Adil Rashid. Virat Kohli worked hard for his runs and scored 47 runs off 38 balls with the help of two sixes. David Willey dismissed Kohli in the 17th over of the innings. MS Dhoni chipped in with unbeaten 32 runs off 24 balls to see India post 148 for 5 from 20 overs.

For England, Liam Plunkett and David Willey produced tidy spells with the ball and picked up one wicket apiece.

For his splendid half-century, Alex Hales was named man of the match. The third and final game of the T20 series will be played on Sunday at Bristol.

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