Alex Hales’ last-over heroics keep England’s T20 series with India alive

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• India 148-5, England 152-5; England win by five wickets
• Batsman punishes Kumar to set up Sunday decider in Bristol

Eoin Morgan insists that his team loves chasing targets. But that was not immediately obvious in a match which proved that the ball does not have to keep disappearing over the boundary rope to the humiliation of honest bowlers to produce a grand spectacle. At Sophia Gardens no one could be certain who was going to win a captivating contest until the last over.

In the end, with 12 needed off the final over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Alex Hales responded magnificently. He hit the first ball of the over into the River Taff, which posted the solitary 50 in the game. Then he glanced the ball fine for four. Another single and David Willey thumped a leg-side boundary and England were home and dry. Both teams now head over the bridge to Bristol, where the series will be decided on Sunday afternoon.

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Written by Vic Marks at Cardiff
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