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Hales powers England to five-wicket win; series level at 1-1

Hales powers England to five-wicket win; series level at 1-1

India's Rohit Sharma celebrates after reaching his century during the third global Twenty20 cricket match between England and India at The Brightside Ground, Bristol on July 8, 2018. Pacer Deepak Chahar, who was handed his first worldwide T20I cap, went for plenty of runs but was instrumental in claiming Roy's wicket. Chasing a decent target of 199 on a small ground, India made a bright start with 21 runs on board after the second over but opener Shikhar Dhawan (5) got out immediately as Jake Ball made a fine diving catch at short fine leg. India reached the 50-run mark in just under five overs.

Shikhar Dhawan has missed out twice in the series - bowled by David Willey at Old Trafford and then run out in slightly comical fashion in Cardiff when he dropped his bat then couldn't get his foot grounded across the crease in time.

In order to ensure that the good work done in the first match doesn't go to waste, India will have to continue their dominance.

The bowling department also seemed settled but towards the end the English bowers are leaking runs.

"But it was brilliant to bounce back in a must-win game ..."

"This series has been pretty competitive, probably barring the first game, which they (India) dominated".

Hardik returned with career best bowling figures (4/38) but England posted a challenging 198/9.

Best with the ball for Pakistan was Shaheen Afridi who took the wickets of Finch, Short and the risky Glenn Maxwell for 37 off his four overs. Hales keeps making runs, Jonny Bairstow looks in terrific nick even down the order as does Jason Roy at the top while Eoin Morgan is captain. His innings included 10 fours and 5 sixes. Britain won the second match by five wickets to attract level the three-coordinate arrangement - the decider will be played on Sunday.

Hello, Alex Broun and the rest of the Sport360 team are in place to provide you with the latest news, comment and analysis on all things cricket. "If you come and bowl the right lengths, and take wickets on this kind of pitch, eventually you will stop runs", Pandya said.

In the next ball, Roy brought up his fifty in style, slapping Chahal for a six over long-on.

Chahar bowled a superb slower ball to spoil Roy's timing, only to feather an edge to wicketkeeper star MS Dhoni.

India scored 148/5 in the last match at Cardiff, but in reply England emerged victorious with two balls remaining.

Chasing 149, England didn't get off to the best start as Umesh Yadav (2-36) bowled Jason Roy (15) in the third over with a attractive inswinger.India though desperately wanted Jos Buttler's (14) wicket, and the desperation grew when Kohli dropped him at mid-off off Umesh in the fifth over. Even as England were in cruise mode, Hardik Pandya (1-28) provided the breakthrough against the run of play.