INDIA REGISTER THEIR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE SERIES WIN:
Rohit Sharma’s third T20I hundred along with Hardik Pandya’s career-best performance of 4 for 38 gave India the T20I series as they beat hosts England by seven wickets in the determining match in Bristol on Sunday.
Led by Pandya’s four wickets, the bowlers paved way for India to claw back into the game after a ferocious start from the English openers.
With Rohit at his best, India reached the target of 199 with more than an over left.
England made him confident by feeding him with short balls, helping Rohit find his momentum quickly.
Rahul, who started his batting with a straight drive, took over for a considerably small moment in the game as he played Liam Plunkett.
But his he was soon dismissed as Jordan pulled off a stunner at wide of a long-off fence to break the rising partnership.
One top-edge for a four helped Rohit to complete his fifty in 28 balls, while Virat Kohli took his considerable time settling in.
But India overcame the slow phase soon by consistently bringing down the required rate and the existing pressure if any.
Rohit made a target of 199 look easily reachable on the Bristol ground also thanks to the Indian bowlers who did an appreciable job at the back end to restrict the hosts to a sub-par score.
PANDYA’S ‘STANDOUT’ PERFORMANCE:
Pandya hit 33 not out off just 14 balls as India reached to 201 for 3 in 18.4 overs. The series win increased the confidence for the exhausting challenges ahead with the three-match ODI series, up next, starting from July 12.
India took 20 runs in the 18th over with Pandya hitting two fours and a six. Then he hit the winning runs, a six off Jordan.
Former India captain MS Dhoni became the first wicketkeeper to take 50 catches in T20Is and also the first to take five catches in a single T20I match.
India won the series by 2-1.