The hosts' 198 for nine was their third-highest Twenty20 global total on home soil.
However, openers Rohit Sharma an Shikhar Dhawan who had failed to fire in the first match had added only seven runs for their first wicket partnership and in the second match also the duo performed below their par. Earlier, opening batsman Jason Roy rained sixes in his blistering innings of 67 off just 31 balls but India made a superb fightback on the back of Hardik Pandya's four-wicket haul to restrict England to 198 for nine. We would've enjoyed 10-15 runs more. "(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. We backed up something and the guys produced the goods for us.
The tourists were therefore always favourites in the chase, and completed it with eight balls to spare. He smashed Willey for a six and two fours in the 18th over to take India to within touching distance of the target. "Kuldeep bowled well. Between now and the next game, we need to assess our plans, make sure they're the right ones, and stick with them", Sports24 quoted Morgan, as saying. This was Dhoni's 50th dismissal in T20I cricket, a world record.
"I'd say close to", he said.More news: U.S. threatens nations over world breastfeeding resolution, shocking health officials
"Kuldeep [Yadav] bowled really well in the last game - but in this one, they played him more carefully". But certainly today they had their day. We try and back each other and the support staff also gives us freedom to express ourselves.
Morgan said: "It was a hard decision leaving Joe out". This means the big decision might involve relegating Joe Root to the bench, if they believe Stokes is a must-have.
"Trying to win the game on this particular ground, it actually came down to Ben's bowling option".
As he and India contemplate doubling up to seal the three-match series in Cardiff on Friday night, Rahul admits he was running out of theories about why he was habitually falling short of three figures in both worldwide and domestic cricket. We've made calls like this in the past, but we hope we'll make it for the betterment of the team - and put out our strongest XI. Great to start with a series win'.More news: India can build on T20 success, Pandya says
However, Sharma was a constant menace throughout and received good backup from Virat Kohli (43) in particular before Hardik Pandya scored the winning runs with a four, ending unbeaten on 33 off just 14 deliveries.
"(But) I realised somewhere down the line it is still better than getting out in single figures". Wherever I find myself I have to adapt and keep learning, and that was a different role tonight, it was like me and Jos swapped roles. It's good for us to have that momentum heading into a must-win game on Sunday.
Virat Kohli joined Rohit Sharma at the crease and they played some sumptuous shots at an intriguing run rate.More news: Arsenal announce signing of Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira