Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

England vs India, 3rd T20I

England vs India, 3rd T20I

Rohit Sharma was named Player of the Match as well as Player of the Series.

India thus clinched their sixth consecutive T20I series win, which is part of an unbeaten run stretching back to September 2017.

India batsman Rohit Sharma hits out. By the time Kohli was dismissed, India required 43 runs in the last five overs.

Kohli departed just a few runs short of his half-century but Rohit went on, undeterred.

After the roaring start provided by Roy and Buttler, a 200-run plus total seemed a formality for England. While in bowling, he was taken apart by the Indian batsmen as he plundered 37 runs in 2.2 overs.

Overall, India was a better side with its batsmen in better control of the situation and Rohit's knock was an add-on for the visitors. Pacer Siddarth Kaul scalped 2 for 35, while Umesh Yadav took 1 for 48.

Earlier, India won the toss and made a decision to bowl first. Pandya won't be expected to run through batting line-ups day in and day out, but if he can continue to progress as a reliable fifth option, India will become that much harder to beat.

Buttler and Roy scored 73/0 in six overs with both in-form batters smacking 10 fours and four sixes in the process.

Kaul though made amends soon after by getting India the much-needed breakthrough as Buttler failed to make much use of the reprieve, However, if it was Buttler's swing and miss that put the breaks on England, Roy's caught-behind - for Chahar's maiden wicket - pushed them into a slide.

Another tight over from Adil Rashid (0-32) briefly turned that hope to belief before Pandya and Rohit took 15 from the next from Jake Ball to put India firmly back in the ascendancy. Even after losing wickets, England continued to maintain a good scoreboard.

A ideal yorker by Umesh Yadav ended Willey's short inning. "That's what we tried to replicate becuse on this ground, taking wickets is a priority", he said. Dhoni completed the catch this time around.

The 37-year-old Dhoni achieved this feat in his 93rd T20 global. It is safe to say that age is just a number when it comes to Dhoni's fitness. He went off for some treatment but Morgan did India a favour with another skier off the very next ball. Indian captain Virat Kohli replaced Rahul. The duo constructed a crucial partnership.

KL Rahul (19) came in and looked in the kind of form that brought him a century in the series opener at Old Trafford, only for a staggering catch from Chris Jordan, sprinting back from mid-on and diving, to cut his innings short. Pandya hit 33 not out off just 14 balls as India reached to 201 for 3 in 18.4 overs. India looked set and was inching towards the target.

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