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12:15 am – England win a thriller

England held on to their nerves to eke out a five-wicket win in the final over of the second T20 against India in Cardiff on Friday.

Alex Hales scored an unbeaten 58 as England reached 149-5 with two balls to spare and level the three-match T20 series.

Get the scorecard and stats here.

10:10 pm – Indian batsmen made to sweat

Indian batsmen struggled to get going in the second T20 as England bowlers restricted the visitors to 148-5 in Cardiff.

Seamers David Willey and Liam Plunkett gave nothing away while Virat Kohli was the top scorer for India with 47.

Catch all the live updates here.

9:30 pm – Windies beat Tigers by an innings

Shannon Gabriel (r) picked up five wickets in the second innings.

Shannon Gabriel (r) picked up five wickets in the second innings.

West Indies completed a win by an innings and 219 runs inside three days against Bangladesh in the first Test in Antigua.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel finished with five wickets as Bangladesh were bowled out for 144 at North Sound.

Read the full report here.

8:00 pm – Ben Stokes likely for third T20

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is likely to be available for the third T20 against India.

Stokes remains on course to play if needed on Sunday, despite suffering a bruised foot in practice for his comeback match with Durham on Thursday evening.

Read more here.

7:00pm – Sunil Gavaskar proclaims KL Rahul as the next big thing in Indian cricket

Following his majestic 101 in the first T20 between England and India, the compliments have been pouring in from all quarters for KL Rahul. However, none will perhaps be bigger than the one bestowed on him by India legend Sunil Gavaskar.

Read what the former opening batsman had to say about Rahul in the full quotes here.

The compliments keep pouring in for Rahul.

The compliments keep pouring in for Rahul.

6:30pm – Prithvi Shaw narrowly misses out on double ton in unofficial Test

18-year-old Prithvi Shaw put on a terrific display with the bat in the first unofficial Test between India ‘A’ and West Indies ‘A’. Carrying on from his unbeaten 101 off 74 balls on Thursday, the young opening batsman looked in terrific touch once again while forming a mammoth partnership with Ravi Samarth. Unfortunately for the youngster, he was dismissed 12-runs short of what would have been a well-deserved double century.

Read more on the starlet’s stupendous innings in our full story here.

Shaw continued his excellent form in England.

Shaw continued his excellent form in England.

6:00pm – India seek to cash in on KL Rahul’s form in second T20

England and India lock horns once again in the second of the three T20s at Cardiff on Friday. Virat Kohli’s men lead the series 1-0 after their comprehensive eight-wicket win in the opener at Manchester. KL Rahul was the star for India in that clash with a a majestic unbeaten 101 and he will be the centre of attention once again at Cardiff.

Stay updated with the team news for both sides ahead of the clash by clicking here.

KL Rahul is in the form of his life ahead of the second T20.

KL Rahul is in the form of his life ahead of the second T20.

5:00pm – Glenn Maxwell guides Australia to narrow win over Zimbabwe

In a dead-rubber clash in the T20 tri-series in Zimbabwe, Australia notched up a tense five-wicket win over the hosts at Harare on Friday. After Zimbabwe has won the toss and elected to bat first, Australia’s bowlers put in a fine performances to restrict them to just 151-9.

The visitors were in early trouble during their chase before Glenn Maxwell took charge with a fine half-century. Read more about the Australian’s efforts in the match report from the clash.

Maxwell's 58-run innings helped Australia to a five-wicket win.

Maxwell’s 58-run innings helped Australia to a five-wicket win.

3:45pm – England’s Chris Woakes nears return from injury layoff

England have been handed a boost with all-rounder Chris Woakes all set to make his return from an injury layoff which ruled him out of action since the Headingley Test against Pakistan. Woakes is set to appear for the Warwickshire 2nd XI in their three-day game next week as a pure batsman.

Read more on the injury updates for Ben Stokes, James Anderson and Stuart Broad in our full story here.

Woakes is set to play as a batsman for Warwickshire's 2nd XI next week.

Woakes is set to play as a batsman for Warwickshire’s 2nd XI next week.

3:15pm – Shaheen Afridi credits PSL experience for international breakthrough

Pakistan teenager Shaheen Shah Afridi was on fire in the T20 tri-series clash against Australia on Thursday. The 18-year-old picked up the three big wickets of Aaron Finch, D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell in Pakistan’s 45-run win over the Aussies.

The left-armed pacer has credited his breakthrough success to his experience of playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Read the starlet’s full quotes here.

The Pakistan starlet picked up three wickets on Thursday.

The Pakistan starlet picked up three wickets on Thursday.

3:00pm – Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of ODI series against England as well

India have suffered a huge setback ahead of the three ODIs against England with pacer Jasprit Bumrah being ruled out the series. Bumrah underwent surgery on his broken thumb at Leeds and has now returned to India to recuperate. He has already been replaced by Deepak Chahar for the ongoing T20 series between the two sides.

Shardul Thakur is the man who will replace the injured Bumrah for the ODI series. Read more on this breaking story here.

Bumrah will miss the ODI series too after being ruled out of the T20s.

Bumrah will miss the ODI series too after being ruled out of the T20s.

1:00pm – MS Dhoni about to enter 500 international appearances club

India stalwart MS Dhoni is on the verge of making his 500th international appearance for India across all formats when he takes the field for the second T20 against England at Cardiff on Friday. Only two Indians and eight players overall have breached that landmark previously.

Read who else is part of this exclusive club in our full story here.

Dhoni on the verge of 500 international appearances.

Dhoni on the verge of 500 international appearances.

11:30am – David Willey not happy with India’s aborted run ups

England seamer David Willey did not take too well to Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s aborted run ups in the first T20 between the two sides at Manchester. Willey has expressed his displeasure at the tactic used by the Indian pacer among other things.

Read the Englishman’s full quotes here ahead of the second T20 between the two sides on Friday.

Willey was not pleased with Bhuvneshwar aborting his run-up.

Willey was not pleased with Bhuvneshwar aborting his run-up.

11:00am – Gabriel’s strikes put West Indies on verge of crushing win

Bangladesh are headed towards a crushing innings loss in the first Test against the West Indies at Antigua after a four-wicket haul by pacer Shannon Gabriel. The visitors are struggling at 62-6 in the second innings after being blow away for just 43 runs in the first. Kraigg Brathwaite’s seventh Test ton had put the Windies in total command before Gabriel begun his spell of destruction.

Read more on Bangladesh’s struggles in our full match report here.

Mushfiqur Rahim was one of Gabriel's four victimes.

Mushfiqur Rahim was one of Gabriel’s four victims.

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England v India LIVE: Alex Hales secures victory in second T20

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Alex Hales scored an unbeaten 58 as England defeated India by five wickets and with two balls to spare in the second T20 on Friday.

India bowlers picked up three wickets by the half-way mark as England reached 72-3 after 11 overs on Friday chasing 149. However, Hales kept his cool to help score 12 from the final over and level the series.

Earlier, England pacers rattled India‘s top order in the second T20 to restrict the visitors to 148-5 at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Friday.

England won the toss and decided to bowl first with seamer Jake Ball getting to play his first T20I. India went in with an unchanged side.

David Willey (1-18) and Liam Plunkett (1-17) were on target as the Indians struggled to get any timing. Virat Kohli top-scored for India with 47.

India have a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after their thumping eight-wicket win in the opener at Manchester on Tuesday.

Eoin Morgan‘s men, on the other hand, are looking to bounce back after their disappointing loss at Old Trafford.

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West Indies complete innings win over Bangladesh inside three days in Antigua Test

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Shannon Gabriel (r) picked up five wickets in the second innings.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel clinched his third five-wicket haul in five innings as the West Indies thrashed Bangladesh by an innings and 219 runs on the third day of the first Test in Antigua on Friday.

Gabriel went wicketless in the first innings as Bangladesh were bowled out for their lowest Test total of 43 but was on target in the second innings with four wickets by stumps on Day Two.

The 30-year-old fast bowler dismissed Kamrul Islam when play resumed to end up with figures of 5-77 as the Tigers were bowled out for 144 as the hosts registered their biggest innings win in the Caribbean.

Earlier, Bangladesh wicketkeeper Nurul Islam hit 64 – his first Test fifty. Nurul reached his half-century from just 36 balls, the fastest-ever by a Bangladesh player in a Test away from home.

Seamer Miguel Cummins finished the innings as he had Nurul caught and bowled before shattering the stumps of Rubel Hossain in the next over.

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan admitted his team has a lot of work to do.

“We need to adapt better to these conditions,” Hasan said. “It is not something we are familiar with but we have to spend the next five days getting ready for a similar situation when the next Test begins.”

The second and final Test of the series starts on July 12 in Jamaica where another green deck is expected.

“We were disappointed after losing the last Test of the series against Sri Lanka a week ago so that gave us some additional motivation,” said West Indies skipper Jason Holder regarding his team’s defeat in Barbados.

“We needed to be a little more clinical in the second innings but I am looking now to us setting the tone again for the second Test.”

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