Nagpur: India captain Virat Kohli said they had the "belief" to win the match and level the series even after posting a modest score on the board and termed the bowling efforts of veteran Ashish Nehra and Jasprit Bumrah as "outstanding".
Sent into bat, India rode on KL Rahul's quickfire 71 to score a modest 144 for eight on a difficult surface, a target which the composed Indian bowling attack defended by five runs against England to level the three-match Twenty20 series.
Kohli lauded his bowling attack, especially pace duo of Nehra and Bumrah who were instrumental in securing the win for the hosts.
With England needing eight runs off the last over, Bumrah dished out an excellent effort and conceded just two runs and also picked up two wickets to seal the match for India.
"Nehra knew exactly what he wanted to do, Bumrah was asking me every ball what I thought he should do. I told him 'just bowl what comes naturally to you.'"
Lauding Rahul's effort, Kohli said it was a difficult wicket to bat on.
"I played for a bit on that wicket, shot-making was difficult. As soon as I got out, Rahul knew he had to play long. He has all the shots in the book. Good reflexes, hand-eye coordination," the India skipper said.
Losing captain Eoin Morgan said Bumrah's excellent final over eventually turned out to be the difference between a win and loss for England.
"In the chase, we never let it get too far away from us. (Joe) Root, (ben) Stokes played outstandingly well. It's unbelievably disappointing to lose, but we still have a chance to win the series in Bangalore," he added.
The final match of the Twenty20 series between India and England will be played in Bangalore on February 1.