India win nail-biter against England as Jofra Archer breaks bat in late heroics with T20 series goes to the wire

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England’s T20 series with India is going down to the final game as the hosts won the fourth match by eight runs.

The game was the closest of the series so far as Jofra Archer gave England some late hope with a flurry of boundaries, but they fell just short.

India won the fourth T20 against England

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India won the fourth T20 against England

The chasing side have won all three matches thus far and away captain Eoin Morgan opted to bat second after calling correctly.

Virat Kohli had punished England with 150 runs from 95 balls in the previous two matches, finishing not out on both occasions, but could not maintain that hot streak as he was out for just one.

SuryaKumar Yadav top scored for the hosts with 57 off 31 balls but there was some controversy over his dismissal. 

He failed to clear Dawid Malan at fine leg, with a low catch subject to multiple replays before the soft ‘out’ signal was upheld.

Pant clubbed a free-hitting 30 before being stopped in his tracks by the returning Archer, who rearranged his stumps from round the wicket.

Archer took four wickets for England

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Archer took four wickets for England

India posted 185 for eight to leave the biggest chase of the series, adding 57 runs for the loss of four wickets in the last five overs.

Archer had cashed in at the death, finishing with four for 33.

England had a slow start in response, managing just two runs from the first two overs. Buttler lit the fuse when he pounded Bhuvneshwar Kumar for six but a couple of balls later, the dangerous opener was gone.

At the halfway point of the chase England were 71 for three with Roy (40) and Dawid Malan (14) having joined Buttler back in the changing rooms, leaving 115 still to get in 60 balls.

Stokes and Jonny Bairstow took the initiative, striking 65 off 36 balls as they picked their moment to go after India’s spinners.

There were four sixes and five fours in their stand but it ended when Bairstow (25) popped a catch to Sundar in the ring.

Having never batted before in a T20 international, Archer was in the thick of battle with an improbable ask of 22 from the last five deliveries of the match. 

Archer gave England late hope with the bat

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Archer gave England late hope with the bat

He smashed Shardul Thakur for four, then six and watched as the seamer’s next two attempts were called wide.

A blockbuster finish appeared to be on the cards but Archer smashed his bat swinging hard at the next ball, which may well have been another wide had he not made contact, and the bowler recovered to close out the win.

The teams now face a winner-takes-all clash on Saturday, with the scores locked at 2-2 – and you can listen to it exclusively on talkSPORT 2.

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