Rohit ton, Pandya power secures win

Tanya Simon
July 9, 2018

Playing with effortless ease, the opening batsman made light of England's total of 198 for nine with an unbeaten 100 (56 balls, 11 fours, 5 sixes) to help India to a seven-wicket win and clinch the T20 series 2-1.

England: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, and Dawid Malan. Earlier, India won the toss and sent England to bat first on a bright sunny day. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, the Indian wrist-spinners, bowled well, but the England batsmen saw them off, waited for the seamers, and polished off the target.

But Rohit continued to flay the ball all around the ground with a mixture of raw power and sweet timing, finishing on 100 not out before leaving the field to a standing ovation.

6 - This is India's 6th consecutive T20I series/tournament win which is the 2nd longest series winning streak for any side.

Sharma also became the second man, after Colin Munro of New Zealand, to score three worldwide T20 centuries.

Deepak Chahar's first over in worldwide T20 Cricket, and the first of the innings, cost 13 runs with Buttler accounting for 12 of them and within four overs England were 43-0.

Both catches came in losing efforts for their side's though, with Dhawan's in defeat as England levelled the series with a five-wicket win in Cardiff on Friday, while India sensationally chased down 199 to win in Bristol and take the series despite Jordan's best efforts. Pandya also played an unbeaten 14-ball 33-run cameo as skipper Virat Kohli (43; 29b; 2x4, 2x6) missed out on a half-century. Once we see off the new ball, we always knew wicket was a good one with short boundaries.

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In the bowling department, unlike first match, Bowlers failed to impress.

Roy was caught behind shortly after off the bowling of Deepak Chahar.

It started with Eoin Morgan's slog and Hales's caught behind in the same over, and trickled on to his final over.

"They kept up with the rate, and then it was a position in the 16th or 17th over they could take the game away from us - which is disappointing". We had to make the batsmen feel like they would make mistakes.

"I thought they bowled brilliantly". But the character our bowlers showed, that's something we're very proud of.

The short, straight boundaries, the pitch not offering much lateral movement, made it a tough day for the bowlers. England had a good opportunity to amass a huge total, but India fought back after the twin dismissals of the English openers.

When Rohit Sharma is at his best, he can eclipse everyone.

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