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England vs India - 3rd T20I

Series: India tour of England, 2018
Venue: County Ground, Bristol
Date & Time: 08 July 2018

India 201/3 (18.4 Ovs) RR: 10.77 | India won by 7 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Rohit Sharma Not OutNot Out10056115
Shikhar Dhawan c J Ball & b Willeyc J Ball & b Willey5310
Lokesh Rahul c Chris Jordan & b J Ballc Chris Jordan & b J Ball191012
Virat Kohli c Chris Jordan & b Chris Jordanc Chris Jordan & b Chris Jordan432922
Hardik Pandya Not OutNot Out331442
Suresh Raina dnbdnb0000
MS Dhoni dnbdnb0000
Deepak Chahar dnbdnb0000
Umesh Yadav dnbdnb0000
Siddarth Kaul dnbdnb0000
Yuzvendra Chahal dnbdnb0000
Extras 1 (b 0, lb 0, w 1, nb 0)
Total 201 (3 Wkts, 18.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
21-1 (Shikhar Dhawan,2.1), 62-2 (Lokesh Rahul,5.2), 151-3 (Virat Kohli,14.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
David Willey3 0 37 1 12.33
Jake Ball3 0 39 1 13.00
Chris Jordan3.4 0 40 1 11.76
Liam Plunkett3 0 42 0 14.00
Ben Stokes2 0 11 0 5.50
Adil Rashid4 0 32 0 8.00
Jason Roy0 0 0 0 0
Jos Buttler0 0 0 0 0
Alex Hales0 0 0 0 0
Eoin Morgan0 0 0 0 0
Jonny Bairstow0 0 0 0 0


This is India's sixth trophy in a row in T20I cricket, and they sure know how to celebrate it. They're a brilliant, brilliant limited-overs unit who're going to push England right through the summer. We're in for a treat. That's all from us for now. Until next time, it's goodbye.

Highest targets chased down by India (T20Is):
207 vs SL, Mohali, 2009
202 vs Aus, Rajkot, 2013
199 vs Eng, Bristol, 2018 *

Most T20I hundreds:
2 B McCullum/ C Gayle/ E Lewis/ M Guptill/ G Maxwell/ A Finch/ KL Rahul

Most consecutive T20I series wins:
9 by Pakistan (Sep 2016 - ongoing) *
6 by India (Nov 2017 - ongoing) *
5 by Windies (Jun 2012 - Mar 2013)

Kohli, India captain: The comeback from the bowlers was outstanding. At one stage we thought they'd end up getting 225-230 which would've been tough. But the character they showed, that's something we're very proud of. Just hit our areas better I guess (in the second ten overs). We have the quality to bowl wicket-taking deliveries as well. Applied decent pressure on the batsmen and pulled the game back nicely. 25-30 runs in this format can be massive. Pandya is a really good all-round cricketer. He's confident with his skills with bat and ball. He's sure of what he wants to do. With the ball, the way he picked up those wickets after getting hit for boundaries and sixes. His all-round performance was standout today. Was difficult for the bowlers. Have to be honest. Pitch was really, really flat. We enjoyed ourselves as batsmen. England got 200-odd, we got there with few balls to spare. Don't like to look at hindsight and say we could've added another bowler. Guys came up with the goods. We're gonna continue and try different things. You saw the kind of energy and attitude we had on the field. Feels great to have a series win at the start of the tour.

Winners' medals for the Indian players who gather on the podium one by one

Morgan, England captain: Tremendous start with the bat. Roy and Buttler prove a dominant force at the top, we didn't do their platform justice. Probably fell between 20-30 short, just in our execution of shots. Faltered in execution - finding our areas and picking the balls to hit. Normally it's one of the best parts of our game. India bowled well but on a small ground on a flat wicket we're expected to score more than that. We were okay with the ball. Difficult to defend on grounds like this. It's more the conditions. When you play against teams like Pakistan, India, they have a big following and we're used to it. It will continue for the rest of the summer, won't change. Hopefully we can learn as we go along. This series has had three different performances for us. Old Trafford turned, Cardiff - ground was bigger. And today it was high-scoring. Different pressures. It's exciting. Trent Bridge has been a good ground for us. The last few of times we've lost the toss there, we've been able to get a result. Toss for us is less significant. Hopefully it's entertaining.

Rohit: That's the style of my play. Assessing conditions was important at the start of the innings. Once we see off the new ball, we always knew wicket was a good one with short boundaries. Idea was to hold the shape when playing big shots. That's exactly what I did. I like to be calm, not to panic too much. I know once you're there, you can make it up later. It's important to spend some time in the middle and try and play the field. Always important to try and assess the bowlers as well. With four fielders inside, there's always that option to take chances. With the wicket being so good, I knew I just had to stay there and things will get easier and easier. Pandya has done that for few years now. More often than not he'll play such innings in the back end. He's quite used to it now. The way he bowled gave him confidence. He's a fearless individual which allows him to do whatever he does on the field. That's what the team wants him to do.

Rohit Sharma is Man of the Match and Man of the Series

Tough call as far as Man of the Match is concerned. Our team here at Cricbuzz towers - a fancy name we all like to use - are unanimous that Hardik Pandya should be the one who deserves it. But most likely it will be Rohit. Let's wait and see what happens. Will be an interesting call for sure.

17:27 Local Time, 16:27 GMT, 21:57 IST: The magnificent form of India in the shorter formats continues. Can't remember when India last lost a T20I series. Our man - Rohit fan, Deepu Narayanan will bring that out in a jiffy anytime now. But this match was all about two men - Hardik Pandya and Rohit. And it was fitting that the duo were there at the end as India won in a hurry. The game was won and lost in the middle overs of the England innings when they stumbled against Hardik. 220 was minimum on this national highway but England were at least 25 short and that gave India the momentum in the chase. And then Rohit turned up. I will stick my neck out and say that he is a more of a match-winner than Kohli in shorter formats in recent times. And I love a controversy. So that's that. The chase was a canter and once Rohit found his mojo against the short ball, there was no looking back and stopping him. The short dimensions of the ground helped India a great deal as well. Back with all the post-match stuff, including the presentations. Hang around...

Jordan to Hardik Pandya, SIX, Hardik Pandya finishes it off in style. What a way to finish the game. Pandya sees the slower delivery and then thumps it high over long-on. Caught it sweetly and that's India wrapping up the series 2-1. End of story
Jordan to Hardik Pandya, no run, backs away and slaps the slower delivery, but finds extra-cover
Jordan to Rohit, 1 run, 100 for Rohit. Dabbed to the left of Roy at backward point and an easy single. No extravagant or exuberant celebrations as he raises the bat and soaks in all the mad applause. Hardik Pandya comes up to Rohit to hug him. Cometh the hour, cometh the man kind of thing
Jordan to Rohit, FOUR, on 99 now. Full outside off, Rohit crashes it over extra-cover. Enough elevation on the hit and it scorches away to the ropes. Jordan bowled a half-volley and didn't get away with it

Chris Jordan [3.0-0-29-1] is back into the attack

Game almost done. Only interest is whether Rohit can get 100

Willey to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, Hardik Pandya is putting Rohit at risk of not getting 100. But that's the minor picture here, short of length outside off, dabbed wide of Ball at short third, well wide of him and 20 off that over
Willey to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, this is getting over quickly. Hardik Pandya applying the finishing touches. Low full-toss outside off, Hardik Pandya sliced it again, one hand came off the bat but the timing was so good that it left sweeper with no chance, he dived but it skimmed away, four more
Willey to Hardik Pandya, SIX, Hardik Pandya slices it and over wide long-off. Dropped in the crowd. Willey missed his length there and Pandya teed off, deep in his crease and didn't hold back
Willey to Rohit, 1 run, yorker length outside off, Rohit toe-ends the drive to sweeper cover. One hand came off the bat
Willey to Rohit, FOUR, a grimace from Rohit as he gets four. Shuffled across well outside off and then paddled it to the deep backward square leg fence, nearly all the way, one bounce over the ropes. Outthought the bowler there
Willey to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, very full outside off, Hardik Pandya drives to deep cover

Unless England get Rohit out in the next 2-3 balls, hard to see this going to the final over. India heavy favorites as Willey comes on. Morgan chatting to his pacer about the field. Willey will come from round the wicket

J Ball to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, an yorker, arrowing in at the base of off, Hardik Pandya digs it out to third man and will keep strike
J Ball to Rohit, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Rohit steers it to third man
J Ball to Rohit, FOUR, he is pulling them so well today. Takes the short ball from outside off and pulls hard, bisects deep square and deep mid, right into the gap and the third boundary of the over
J Ball to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, short into the body, cramps Hardik Pandya up, but they get the single to the left of Roy at backward point
J Ball to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, this is a fine fine shot. Full outside off, Hardik Pandya opens the face of the bat and directs it well wide of third man. That should be the game - or is too early to call?
J Ball to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, mid-off was in and Hardik Pandya lofts cleanly over that man. A cutter on a length, sat up for the batsman to stand tall and use his long levers

Jake Ball [2.0-0-24-1] is back into the attack

Adil Rashid to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, speared in full on the middle and leg line, Hardik Pandya heaves it straight to the fielder at deep mid
Adil Rashid to Rohit, 1 run, cut away to the man at sweeper, another single
Adil Rashid to Rohit, no run, Hardik Pandya has to be sent back after Rohit advanced and dabbed it to short third, the ball went too quickly and there was never a chance of a run there
Adil Rashid to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, fired in fuller on the stumps, Hardik Pandya drills it to long-on
Adil Rashid to Hardik Pandya, no run, tossed up outside off, Hardik Pandya has a sighter, leaves to Buttler
Adil Rashid to Rohit, 1 run, shortish outside off, Rohit chops it to the right of backward point, a single stolen

Adil Rashid [3.0-0-28-0] is back into the attack

Jordan to Hardik Pandya, no run, slower delivery on a short of length outside off, Hardik Pandya pushes to the left of Roy at backward point, wants a quick single, Rohit sends him back

Hardik Pandya, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Jordan to Kohli, out Caught&Bowled!! Rule 1 - never hit anything in the air near Jordan's vicinity. He can catch aeroplanes if he could. What a fielder. What an athlete. What a catch. This is drilled hard and at his belly, what does he do, nonchalantly hangs on and leaves Kohli shell-shocked. But has this come too late? Or can England break open the door through this opening. Kohli c and b Jordan 43(29) [4s-2 6s-2]

Jordan to Kohli, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!

Jordan to Rohit, 1 run, low full-toss on off, flicked to deep mid
Jordan to Rohit, no run, backs away to clear extra-cover, but Jordan keeps it full and denies Rohit the width, bunted to cover
Jordan to Rohit, no run, pitched up outside off, Rohit tried to hit it too hard, skims off the thick inside half, to the right of Jordan who fields
Jordan to Kohli, 1 run, slower delivery down hit into the pitch, Kohli picks it, waits and shovels it to deep mid


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