Shaardul Thakur kept his nerves in the final over of the fourth T20I match against England at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on Thursday. The 8-run win helped India levelled the five-match T20I series 2-2. The series decider is scheduled for Saturday at the same venue. Defending 23 in the final over, Thakur was hit for a four and a six by Jofra Archer off the second and third balls respectively, then followed by two wides. But the pacer had Chris Jordan caught by Hardik Pandya off the penultimate delivery. Then, a dot ball followed. Invited to bat first, India scored 185 for eight in the stipulated 20 overs, with Suryakumar Yadav (57) and Shreyas Yadav (37) doing the bulk of the scoring. Suryakumar's 31-ball effort was his maiden half-century in international cricket and Iyer made his runs in just 18 balls, hitting five fours and a six, as India managed to put up a challenging total. Suryakumar smashed three sixes and six fours during his stay in the middle. In reply, England were stopped at 177 for eight in their full quota of overs. All-rounder Ben Stokes top-scored for England with 46 off 23 balls while Jason Roy smashed a 27-ball 40 at the top of the order. Catch cricket scores and highlights of the 4th T20 match between India vs England:
11:20 PM IST: India beat England by eight runs in fourth Twenty20 to level the series 2-2.
India: 185 for 8 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 57, Shreyas Iyer 37, Rishabh Pant 30; Jofra Archer 4/33).
England: 177 for 8 in 20 overs (Ben Stokes 46, Jason Roy 40; Hardik Pandya 2/16, Rahul Chahar 2/35, Shardul Thakur 3/42).
9:08 PM IST: Invited to bat, India posted 185 for eight against England in the fourth T20 International. Suryakumar Yadav top-scored for the home team with a 31-ball 57 while Shreyas Iyer blazed away to 37 off 18 deliveries.
India: 185/8 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 57, Shreyas Iyer 37; Jofra Archer 4/33).
6:41 PM IST: England are unchanged, but a couple of changes for India. Ishan Kishan is unfit, and his place is taken by Suryakumar Yadav. And Rahul Chahar comes in for Yuzvendra Chahal.
Here are the playing XIs:
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Chahar.
England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
6:32 PM IST: Eoin Morgan wins the toss and England will bowl first, again.