India's Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates the dismissal of England's Joe Root.
India's Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates the dismissal of England's Joe Root. Aijaz Rahi

Collapse costs England dear in India

ENGLAND captain Eoin Morgan found it hard to explain his side's batting collapse - losing eight wickets for eight runs in Bangalore - after India wrapped up the Twenty20 series with a 75-run rout.

The tourists were 2-119 chasing 203 to win on a superb batting wicket but in 19 deliveries lost their final eight wickets to succumb to another defeat on a miserable tour of the cub-continent.

Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, whose 6-25 was the third-best return in T20 history, was the chief destroyer as the home side sealed the 2-1 series success.

"It hurts, it does. We weren't good enough,” Morgan said.

"I can't put my finger on it ... we haven't produced a batting performance as bad as that in two, two-and-a-half years.

"We pride ourselves on our batting, it's been our strong suit for some time, and tonight it wasn't anywhere near what it should be.

"It's very disappointing. For maybe 60% of the game we were competitive and right in amongst it, but fell away terribly towards the end.”

England's slump was the second-worst eight-wicket collapse in the history of international cricket - New Zealand lost 8-5 in a Test against Australia in 1946.

Only once before in all T20 cricket, either international or domestic, has a side lost eight wickets for eight runs or fewer.

There were five ducks in the England innings but Morgan said the tide turned when he and Joe Root were out to successive balls to Chahal.

"We committed a cardinal sin of losing two 'in' players in one over. That allowed India to build up pressure, and we weren't up to it at all,” he said.

"With eight wickets in the shed, a better performance by me or Joe, a 70 or 80, would have made a huge difference.

"But I'll take my hat off to India, it was a performance worthy of winning the series.”



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