Ravindra Jadeja’s fine unbeaten 46 followed by a brilliant spell of 3/15 by Bhuvneshwar Kumar as India beat England by 49 runs in the second T20 international at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Saturday.
The Men in Blue dropped Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Axar Patel and young Arshdeep Singh for Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja & Jasprit Bumrah, while the hosts included David Willey and Richard Gleeson.
After being asked to bat first by England skipper Jos Buttler, openers Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant got India off to a rollicking start.
The pair added 49 runs for the opening wicket before debutant Richard Gleeson pegged the visitors back- first by dismissing skipper Rohit (31) and then claiming Virat Kohli (1) and Pant (26) in successive deliveries.
Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya added 28 runs for the fourth wicket before the former miscued a short of length delivery from Chris Jordan to Sam Curran at backward point.
Jordan claimed his second wicket by dismissing Hardik (12) as the visitors lost half their side for 89.
Ravindra Jadeja and Dinesh Karthik featured in a valuable 33 run stand for the sixth wicket before the latter while attempting a risky third run was run out by a brilliant throw by Brook for 12.
All rounder Jadeja provided a late flourish by scoring an unbeaten 29 ball-46 to take the tourists to a competitive total of 170/8 in their allotted 20 overs.
For England, Chris Jordan was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/27, while Gleeson claimed 3 wickets.
Chasing 171, Bhuvneshwar Kumar got India off to a terrific start by dismissing both Jason Roy (0) and Jos Buttler (4).
Jasprit Bumrah then got into the act by castling Liam Livingstone (15) by a brilliant slower delivery. Harry Brook (8) while trying to take on Yuzvendra Chahal, holed out to Yadav at long-on.
Chahal claimed his second wicket when Dawid Malan (19) reverse swept a full toss to Harshal Patel at point, as the hosts lost half their side for 55.
Moeen Ali along with David Willey kept England in hunt with a solid 34 run stand for the seventh wicket before the former (35) chipped a catch to Rohit at mid off, while looking to go over the top.
Chris Jordan (1) was run out off the very next ball, following a terrible mix up with David Willey.
Kumar then claimed his third wicket as Gleeson (2) miscued a slower delivery to Virat Kohli, who ran to his right from long off.
Harshal Patel claimed the final wicket by dismissing Matt Parkinson, as India bowled out England for 121 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three match series.
Willey remained unbeaten on 33 off 22 balls.
India 170 for 8 (Jadeja 46*, Rohit 31, Jordan 4-27, Gleeson 3-15) beat England 121 (Moeen 35, Willey 33*, Bhuvneshwar 3-15, Bumrah 2-10, Chahal 2-10) by 49 runs