Ahmedabad: Team India recorded a thrilling win by 8 runs in the fourth T20 match played against England on Thursday. In this match of ‘do or die’, India won and equalized 2-2 in the five-match series. The decisive T20 match of the series will be played in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
Shardul Thakur became game changer
For this victory of India, even though middle order batsman Suryakumar Yadav was awarded ‘Man of the Match’ for his 57-run innings, Shardul Thakur was once in a delicate situation. The dismissal of Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan, who looked dangerous in the same over, proved to be decisive in terms of the match and series.
Stokes looked dangerous
Actually, England team looked very strong in one time match and their score was 4 wickets for 140 runs in 16 overs. At the time, it seemed very easy for England to score 46 runs in the remaining 4 overs for the victory of a world class batsman like Ben Stokes at the crease.
This was the turning point
But, Shardul Thakur caught Ben Stokes in the first ball of the 17th over, caught by Suryakumar Yadav. After this, on the very next ball, Shardul Thakur caught Eoin Morgan out of Washington Sundar, which proved to be the turning point of the match. With the dismissal of Ben Stokes and Eoin Morgan, the English team’s rhythm deteriorated and they lost the match by 8 runs. In this way, this over of Shardul Thakur proved to be the biggest turning point of the match, otherwise India would have lost this match and the series.