Morgan says England were 20-30 runs short


The winning runs were scored by David Willey after Hales handed over the strike with a single, thus sealing their five-wicket victory and making the final game of the three-match T20I series in Cardiff on Sunday the decider, which will be followed by a three-match One Day International series and subsequently a five-match Test series. India took 20 runs in the 18th over with Pandya hitting two fours and a six. We applied pressure and pulled the game back. "(But) Jason (Roy) and Jos (Buttler) were brilliant up front and nearly gave us a licence to allow ourselves to think about 220", he added.

England insist Stokes has no injury worries and is fit for selection leaving Hales or Jake Ball, who made his worldwide T20 debut in Friday's last over five wicket win facing exclusion.

But the hosts failed to capitalise on the start provided by Roy and Jos Buttler's opening stand of 94, as Hardik Pandya took a career-best four for 38, and then Rohit (100 not out) and Virat Kohli did the rest to pass a target of 198 for nine.

"Pandya kept it simple (on a tough ground)". The guys produced the goods for us.

"But the execution of our shots didn't really match up with getting to that total". He has played a lot of T20 for us and he is a very experienced campaigner.

India now have the chance to wrap up the T20I series early on this tour.

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"Jos [Buttler] has obviously played well with Jason in the last two games, but it's not going to happen all the time. Those 20 or 30 runs we missed out on in the back-end of our innings cost us", said the skipper.

Leaving their previous mistakes behind which they committed in the first T20I, the English bowlers came accurate with the line and length as they struck at regular intervals to deny the visitors post a challenging total on batting-friendly wicket. It doesn't necessarily expose us in one area, but it allows us to grow as a team.

"We picked him the other night (at Old Trafford) - but I (just) don't think we played him very well", he said. "We proved that at Cardiff".

Pandya took 4-38, his best figures in T20 cricket and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni became the first player to take five catches in global T20 and ran out Chris Jordan on the last ball of England's innings for good measure.

Morgan confirmed Root will return for the start of the one-day global series on Thursday. "With the wicket being so good, I knew I just needed to stay there as long as possible". And when it did, with the big square boundaries, it is naturally a plan that we do bowl into the wicket. "I have to keep learning going forward if that's the role I'll play". We have to remember all the hard work we put in to beat good teams, and India are one of those.

It wasn't to be though and now England need to switch their focus towards the start of the ODI series which gets underway on Thursday.