India played exceptionally well under pressure: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgIndia won the second Twenty20 international by five runs to stay alive in the three-match series after choking England’s chase on Sunday and restricting the visitors to 139/6.Chasing 145 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, England needed eight runs from the last over but the 23-year-old Jasprit Bumrah bowled with ice in his veins, conceding only two runs while claiming two wickets, to deny a victory. (Also read: 2nd T20I: Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah bowl India to thrilling win over England, set up series-decider in Bangalore)While Bumrah finished the match with figures of 20/2 in his four overs, veteran pacer Ashish Nehra (3/28) also contributed to India’s win with three wickets for 28 runs.CLICK HERE TO WATCH FULL VIDEO Former India captain Sourav Ganguly hailed both Bumrah and Nehra for keeping their calm under pressure and delivering the goods when needed.Ganguly also said the 37-year-old Nehra once again proved that he was as best as anybody else with the ball. (Also read: Important to have belief, says Virat Kohli after thrilling win)”Ashish Nehra is a terrific bowler. His fielding has gone down a bit but I think with the ball, he has done superbly. There were questions raised after the last game in Kanpur whether he should be playing T20 cricket. Today with the ball he once again proved that with the ball he’s probably as good as anyone in the side,” Ganguly told India Today’CREDIT TO BUMRAH'”You have to give credit to Jasprit Bumbrah…eight runs in the last over, six deliveries and only England had to lose the game and that’s exactly what they did. He bowled superbly, his slower balls gripped on the surface and made life difficult but more than Nehra who I thought had an exceptional first spell, the last two overs of Bumrah which is the 18th and the 20th won the game for India.”advertisement”I think it’s got to be Jasprit Bumrah because he has won the game for India. In his third last over he pushed up the run-rate to 12 runs in an over and Ashish gave 16 and it was eight runs in the last over and he again pulled it back for India. So for me it is Bumrah who is the man-of-the match and I thought he bowled exceptionally well under pressure.”last_img

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