India v England: Hosts win fourth T20 by eight runs to set up series decider


Ahmadabad – March 19 (Online): India set up a series decider with an eight-run win over England in an absorbing fourth Twenty20 in Ahmedabad.
Suryakumar Yadav hit a sparkling 57 off 31 balls in his first international innings as the hosts posted a challenging 185-8 on the best batting surface of the series.
England struggled to get going but were still firmly in contention at 140-3 off 16 overs, only to lose Ben Stokes for 46 and Eoin Morgan in consecutive balls.
Needing 33 to win from the last two overs, Jofra Archer hit two fours and a six to set up a thrilling finale, but Shardul Thakur held his nerve as England finished on 177-8.
The first victory by the side batting first in this series means it is tied at 2-2 going into the final game at the same venue on Saturday.
India captain Virat Kohli spent the last few overs of the game off the field because of an “upper core” injury suffered in the field, but he said it was “nothing serious” and expects to be fit for the series finale.
While Archer’s late onslaught made it close, England’s performance shows they have some issues to address, with most batsmen making circumspect starts while their Indian counterparts attacked from the off.