India vs England 3rd T20 worldwide

Ross Houston
July 9, 2018

Rohit Sharma's superb unbeaten century led India to a seven-wicket win over England in a run-filled third and final Twenty20 global on Sunday to earn the touring side a 2-1 victory in the series. India began well with openers Rohit Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan struck some exceptional shots. Thereafter, skipper Virat Kohli (43) and Rohit shared an 89-run partnership for the third wicket. England got off to a great start as the openers Jos Butler and Jason Roy added 94 runs for the first wicket from 7.5 overs. Man of the Series & Match Rohit brought up his century in 56 balls.

England after an incredible start lost their way in the middle as the Indian bowlers made a really good comeback.

- Hardik Pandya becomes the first Indian to score 25-plus runs and take four wickets in a T20I.

England thrashed India by 5 wickets in the last match and have levelled the series 1-1.

Roy was caught behind shortly after off the bowling of Deepak Chahar. India reasoned they wanted a team for the day and not based on history. Seven wickets went down in the final 10 overs of England's innings and Ben Stokes - returning to the side after a hamstring injury in place of Joe Root - bowled smartly to restrict India at the start of their reply.

The breakthrough came just as India were starting to wonder where to bowl to the opening duo.

Just then, though, Pandya hit the first two balls of the 17th over for fours, and India were back on track.

"Talking about the run chase, Kohli said, "(Hardik) Pandya is a really good all-round cricketer.

Meanwhile, MS Dhoni bagged five catches and became the only wicket-keeper in the world to as many scalps in a T20I match. The post match presentation saw both the captains, Virat Kohli and Eoin Morgan, agreeing that England's handling of Kuldeep made the difference in the match. "I think we competed quite well but England were the better side, that's why they came through today (Friday)", Kohli said after the defeat in Cardiff.

"When I went for 22 in an over I thought the T20 is a amusing format and the only thing to do was to come back and bowl my best balls". Jason and Jos were brilliant up front, and nearly gave us a licence to allow ourselves to think about 220.

The all-rounder was hit for 22 runs in his first over by Roy but he showed good composure to bounce back in his next three. The character we showed is something we're very proud of. Despite an overall record that compared favourably with Kane Williamson and Steve Smith - similar styles of player who commanded big fees this year, although Smith pulled out of his contract after the ball-tampering affair - Root was left unsold in the auction.

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