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What a shot from Morgan, it was a huge six to clinch England's victory. The stand-in captain finishes on 49 not out from 26 balls and Buttler played his part with an unbeaten 15 off seven. The series is shared 1-1 and the result denies India the chance to go top of the International Cricket Council T20 rankings. That is also England's highest T20I run chase. Thanks for your company today, we'll be back with more commentary from the ODI series between the same sides in the new year. Happy Christmas.
Singles off the first three balls of Dinda's final over leaves Buttler on strike with six needed off three. He brings out the reverse scoop! But Ashwin cuts it off on the boundary and keeps it down to two. Four needed off two balls... Buttler tries it again, fresh air this time but Morgan scampers through for the bye. Good thinking from Dinda, kept it outside off-stump. Three needed off the final ball, Morgan on strike... Dinda pulls out in his delivery stride as Morgan shapes to sweep. Dhoni, Yuvraj and Raina all have their say with Dinda. Plenty of advice there, now he's finally ready to go... Morgan deposits it back over Dinda's head for six! ENGLAND WIN BY SIX WICKETS!There will be a Super Over if the scores finish level...Buttler delivers! First he steers a full toss through the covers after giving himself a bit of room. Then, he smashes the final delivery of the over for six back over Awana's head. There were also four singles in an over that cost 14 runs. Awana finishes with 0-42. England need a further nine runs from six balls (required-rate: 9.0). Dinda will bowl the final over, Morgan on strike...Morgan finishes the 18th over in style - strong-arming a six to straight midwicket as Dinda again bangs it in. That tilts the balance again, England need a further 23 runs from 12 balls (required-rate: 11.50). Awana and Dinda will have to bowl the final two overs.Patel is caught by Gambhir at midwicket after hitting a pull off Dinda's bowling high into the air. Jos Buttler walks out with England needing 29 off 13 balls. The batsmen crossed so Morgan will be on strike for the final delivery of the over.Some strange bowling changes from Dhoni during this innings, Chawla is back on now for his final over. Patel greets his introduction by finding the extra cover boundary with a lofted stroke. Just three singles from the final five balls of the over leaves this match still very much in the balance with three overs remaining. England need a further 37 runs from 18 balls (required-rate: 12.33).Awana is back into the attack, his first two overs went for 21, England have to target him. Patel is dropped first ball! Chawla makes ground on the square-leg boundary but it goes through his hands as he dives forward. Morgan finishes the over with a much-needed boundary, driven through the covers. England need a further 44 runs off 24 balls (required-rate: 11.00).Yuvraj finishes with 3-17 (to go with his 3-19 in the first match of the series on Thursday), it is hard to explain how he does it, but he does. Bumble's description of Yuvraj's bowling: "A round-arm, non-spinning spinner. It's the future." England need a further 51 off 30 balls (required-rate: 10.20). This is going to the wire.Another one for Yuvraj! Hales picks out Dinda on the square-leg boundary with a sweep to depart for 42 from 33 balls. Straight down his throat. Yuvraj stands in the middle of the pitch with his arms outstretched.Good over for England, 11 runs from it including a boundary each for Morgan and Hales. Morgan helps a full, misdirected delivery from Chawla on its way to the boundary behind square on the leg-side and Hales makes room to time a full-toss sweetly through the covers. Yuvraj's final over coming up...Hales and Morgan work the gaps and manage to negotiate Yuvraj's third over without undue alarm. England need a further 69 runs from 42 balls (required-rate: 9.85).Morgan goes to his trademark reverse sweep second ball and gets enough on it to find the boundary. Ashwin finishes with 0-39 from his four overs, England need a further 75 runs from 48 balls (required-rate: 9.37).Yuvraj is unhappy with some shoddy fielding off his bowling. Pot, kettle, black - try and form a sentence. The wicket of Wright was celebrated with a huge outburst of first-pumping from Yuvraj, he is fired up to say the least. Captain Morgan enters the fray with history in danger of repeating itself for England.Yuvraj is doing it again - Wright goes lbw for five. Slid in with the arm, didn't turn, and the umpire's finger was straight up.Hales deals with a full toss from Chawla, drilling it through the cover for four. Raina didn't appear overly keen to try and stop that. England require a further 88 runs from 10 overs (required-rate: 8.80).Yuvraj looks such an ordinary bowler but he always picks up useful wickets in the limited-overs formats. He got three in Pune and has made another good start here, just two runs from his first over to go with the demise of Lumb.50 bit no more for Lumb, who is stumped off left-arm spinner Yuvraj's second delivery. An ugly end for Lumb - he came down the pitch, had a big swipe at fresh air and Dhoni did the rest.Easy power from Hales, clearing the rope at straight midwicket with nothing more than turn of the wrists. Lumb completes his maiden international half-century from 30 balls as a thin edge races away to third-man for his sixth four. He has hit two sixes as well. Lumb celebrates his milestone with three dots.With the field back and England in control of the required-rate, Lumb and Hales are content to push ones and twos in Chawla's opening over. England need 110 runs from 13 overs at a required-rate of 8.46.Leg-spinner Chawla is brought on, Hales decides it's safe to remove his helmet.That is the end of the powerplay, India can relax the field.Lumb continues on his merry way, shimmying down the track to loft a flighted delivery from Ashwin for six to long-on. Hales also finds the boundary with a sweep just behind square but is then fortunate a prod into the leg-side drops short of Raina."Awana is having a stinker," is Marcus Trescothick's succinct assessment. Hard to disagree, a change of ends doesn't help matters, Lumb finding the boundary twice more at the seamer's expense, both through the off-side.Change of pace from India with the introduction of Ashwin's off-spin. Lumb is living dangerously with his running between the wickets but again just gets in with a dive after coming back for a risky two. India's fielding has been abysmal.India's seamers are repeating the mistake of England's - banging it in short.India are giving England every encouragement in the early stages of this run chase. Hales is granted a life by Awana, who puts down a straightforward chance on the boundary off Dinda's bowling. It went through his hands. Lumb mows another four to midwicket, Dinda not happy with life.England's record T20I run chase is 173, a target they have twice achieved against West Indies - at The Oval in 2007 and earlier this year at Trent Bridge. England have twice made more than that batting second and lost.Bearing in mind Kevin Pietersen will return to England's T20 team at some point, Lumb could be on his last chance here and he is not going to die wondering, twice hooking short balls to the boundary, the first for four, the second all the way for six. He has to pull out the full-length dive to make his ground after coming back for two later in an over that goes for 13 runs. I'd get a spinner on right now if I was Dhoni.There is a delay midway through Parvinder Awana's opening over as the groundsman brings out a hammer to flatten down the bowler's footmarks.Lumb, who had a nightmare in Pune (one off 10 balls), chops his first delivery down to third-man where the fielder slips and allows it through for four. Dinda is all over the place, Hales joins the boundary train by cutting a short ball away - sweet timing. Another misfield allows Hales to turn one into two and Dinda throws in a wide for good measure as 12 runs come from the over. Just the start England wanted/needed.Fast bowler Ashok Dinda is taking the new ball for India, Lumb on strike.Nasser says England's bowlers weren't able to think on their feet during that innings and adapt their approach. The short ball was clearly a pre-planned tactic, it didn't work but England kept persisting with it. Also, I don't really understand why Patel didn't get even an over given Tredwell's relative success and the fact the seamers - Bresnan apart - were getting flogged.India would go above Sri Lanka at the top of the International Cricket Council's T20 rankings with victory today. Looking good for them at the moment.Our pals over at Sky Bet make England 9/4 to chase these runs. Lumb is 9/2 to make a half-century. What do you reckon?Dernbach's final over had a bit of everything, including a beamer. He finished with 2-37 and now it's over to England batsmen with plenty of work to do...Chawla is run out off the last ball trying after being sent back when he called for a second run.Ashwin holes out to Michael Lumb on the point boundary. Ashwin gave himself some room but miscued the drive.Bresnan completes his four-over allocation with figures of 1-27. He has been the pick of England's seamers by a distance. Dernbach will take the final over, England would take anything under 180.Dhoni departs for a sensational 38 from 18 deliveries, mistiming a pull off Bresnan's bowling to Samit Patel at midwicket. Job done for India's captain. Ashwin joins Raina with eight balls remaining.England are well behind with their over-rate, could be a costly day for captain Morgan. The innings should have finished 10 minutes ago but there are still two overs left.Dhoni produces the shot of the day so far, swivel-pulling a short ball from Dernbach for six. It travelled on a flat trajectory deep into the crowd at square-leg, you don't see that every day. Good running from Dhoni, drags a less-than-keen Raina back for two on three occasions and then finishes the over with another six, driving over mid-off after Dernbach misses with his yorker. 18 runs off the over, 38 off the last two, India have made their move.Raina mixes the sublime with the ridiculous as Meaker's final over disappears for 20 runs. Raina drives four over mid-off to start the over, then top edges a short ball for four more to fine-leg, drills a six to midwicket after giving himself soom room (what a shot!) and then ends the over with a tickle off his hip for four more. Meaker finishes with 1-42, overdid the short stuff on a quick (ish) pitch.Buttler puts down a tough chance off Bresnan's bowler. He flung out his left hand but an outside edged drive from the left-handed Raina didn't stick. Is it the wrong time to point out Buttler's not even the best wicketkeeper at Somerset? Don't really understand why he's got the gloves for England. Dhoni finds the midwicket boundary with a bottom-handed clip, power to burn from the India captain.Dhoni edges a cut to the third-man boundary from Tredwell's final delivery, that would have been straight to first slip, although there obviously isn't one at this stage of the innings. Tredwell finishes with 1-27, decent spell.Dhoni strolls out to the middle to join Raina.Tredwell gets a deserved wicket. Sharma, deceived by lack of turn, is bowled after missing with a big heave into the leg-side. Horrible end to an attractive innings of 24 from 19 balls.Sharma collects a welcome boundary, and it's a good one, stand-and-deliver through the off-side. Bresnan denies Sharma another boundary with a sliding stop - I hesitate to use the term but that was athletic from the Yorkshire seamer. Wright finishes with 2-38.Change of ends from Tredwell but no change of approach. Tidy over, plenty of ones and twos available and accepted by Sharma and Raina.They just showed an exciting close up of the grass that showed just how much dew there is on the outfield. It is not going to be easy for India's bowlers later on, England have enjoyed the better of the conditions.Much better over from Meaker, got his line spot on. England need to keep the pressure on, they have dragged things back impressively after Kohli's scoring burst.Meaker straight back on to have a crack at Raina - England don't think he fancies the quick stuff.India still have MS Dhoni and Ravi Ashwin to come, and they can both launch it.Suresh Raina joins Sharma in the middle, India are still well placed to push on for a big score, England need to keep taking wickets if they are to ensure their target is manageable.Not sure England really wanted to get Gambhir out - he was prodding around to no great effect. Anyway, he's gone now - heaving a top-edged pull down to Bresnan on the fine-leg boundary to give Wright his second wicket. Gambhir used up 27 balls for his 17 - that is a strike-rate of 62.96, not ideal for a T20 opener.Tredwell gives it a bit more air, prompting Sharma to dance down the pitch and loft the first six of the match back over the bowler's head. Only just carried the rope, didn't get all of it. Sharma looks an excellent player of spin on the evidence of that over - quick on his feet, uses the full depth of his crease, decisive with his shot selection.Sharma joins Gambhir with India in rebuilding mode - or as near to rebuilding mode as you get in a T20I. Gambhir has 14 off 22 balls, time for him to step up his scoring rate.Yuvraj is gone for four, dragging a short ball straight to Root at long-on. It was a cross-seam delivery from Wright but doubt that dismissal was planned. Poor shot from Yuvraj.Tredwell fires it in flat during his opening over, not much chance for the ball to turn. Gambhir and Yuvraj content to push the ones and twos with the field spread far and wide.Spin for the first time in the shape of Kent's James Tredwell.Meaker's leaked runs but England will accept that in exchange for Kohli's wicket as he was starting to take the game away from them. Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman.Meaker sprays it around at the start of his but then gets one full and straight to pin Kohli lbw for 38 from 20 balls. Have to see a replay but that looked generous on first look - heading down the leg-side I think. Maybe not! Replay suggests leg-stump would have been in trouble.Meaker to continue...Kohli greets Luke Wright's introduction into the attack with a picture perfect cover drive - no need to run for those. Kohli is on the charge, adding three more fours later in the over, the last of which should have been cut off by Morgan in the covers. England's good start seems a distant memory already, 20 runs from the over, which also included a huge no-ball. Take a rest Luke. England have paid the price for banging it in short in the last two overs.Atrocious over from Meaker. It starts to go wrong with five wides down the leg-side, well out of the reach of wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. Kohli then rolls his wrists to dismiss a short ball to the square-leg boundary and Gambhir gets a piece of the action, pulling another short ball to the fence, this one fetched from outside off-stump.Just seen a replay of Root's catch to dismiss Rahane; he made it look easy when it was anything but. He had to move quickly to his left. Well judged.Talking of pace, here comes Stuart Meaker, could be lively on this deck.The shackles come off for India. Kohli finds the boundary twice in a row, firstly taking a ball from off-stump to straight midwicket and then pinning back his ears to drill the next one through point. Sliding stop from Morgan at mid-on denies Gambhir four runs. This pitch has quite a bit of pace and it is also expected to turn, always does at this ground.Bresnan has gone back to basics today with the new ball, back-of-a-length and there is just enough seam movement to make things interesting. Gambhir and Kohli content to deal in ones and twos for the time being. No boundaries yet for India.Good start from Dernbach and England - in stark contrast to the way they began India's run chase in Pune. Kohli joins Gambhir in the middle and leaves his first ball alone outside off-stump.Jade Dernbach strikes to remove Rahane in his opening over. Root is in the game straightaway, pouching a nice catch on the third-man boundary. Rahane gave himself some room and tried to go aerial over cover but got a thick outside edge and it carried right to Root on the boundary.England donated 10 wides to India's successful run chase in the first T20I and Bresnan is at it again with his second ball. Gautam Gambhir tucks a single to square-leg to open his, and India's, account. Ajinkya Rahane gropes and misses an outswinger - just enough movement in the air - but soon gets off the mark with a quick drop-and-run single. Decent start from Bresnan, no big shots attempted yet by India's openers.Tim Bresnan is going to take the first over, here we go...Pleased to confirm Sky Sports has won rights for England's upcoming tour of New Zealand - and this time will be able to provide commentary from the grounds! Follow @skycricket on Twitter for details.I can understand England's desire to get Root into their team, he can bat in the top order and is also a useful spin option in T20. Harsh on Briggs, though, who was smashed out of the attack by Yuvraj Singh in Pune and didn't get another chance. India's change, Sharma for Jadeja, puzzles me - they are costing themselves a bowling option.Both sides have made one change from the first T20I, which India won by five wickets in Pune on Thursday. England have handed a T20I debut to Yorkshire batsman Joe Root and dropped Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs, whose solitary over in Pune cost 18 runs. India have brought in batsman Rohit Sharma for all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.Gambhir, Rahane, Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Sharma, Raina, Dhoni (capt, wkt), Ashwin, Chawla, Dinda, AwanaHales, Lumb, Wright, Morgan (capt), Patel, Buttler (wkt), Root, Bresnan, Tredwell, Meaker, DernbachEngland captain Eoin Morgan has won the toss and opted to bowl first. Dew can be a factor for the team bowling second in day-nighters in Mumbai and Morgan says his batsmen are happy to chaseGood afternoon, thanks for joining our coverage of the second T20 international between India and England at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Play starts at 1.30pm (GMT), teams news and toss to follow shortly.