Rohit Sharma's ton makes careless England suffer against India

Ruben Hill
July 9, 2018

Rohit Sharma's record third T20I hundred following Hardik Pandya's career-best haul of 4 for 38 gave India the T20I series as they beat hosts England by seven wickets in the decider in Bristol on Sunday (July 8).

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Rohit said: "That's the style of my play". Pandya hit 33 not out off just 14 balls as India reached to 201 for 3 in 18.4 overs.

It was the highest successful run chase by any team against England in an global T20.

Adjudged Man of the Match and Man of the Series for his unbeaten century, Rohit Sharma said assessing the conditions properly helped him in going for the big strokes.

Root entered the Indian Premier League auction this year, for the first time, saying he did not want to be "left behind" in the T20 format.

Virat Kohli came in and caressed his second ball to the midwicket fence, with as much as a feather touch.

Lokesh Rahul (19) was brilliantly caught by Chris Jordan running back from mid-on and the all-rounder took another outstanding catch to dismiss India captain Virat Kohli off his own bowling for 43.

"He (Ben Stokes) comes into the squad for the next game and he is a fantastic player and it will be a hard decision to make". Chasing 199 for victory, Rohit remained not out on 100 off 56 balls, and including 11 fours and five sixes.

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

Hardik Pandya, who came in for Kohli, immediately found the boundaries and India needed just 29 from the last three overs to win the match. Then he hit the winning runs, a six off Jordan to clinch the series. Umesh Yadav bowled straight and fast; Bhuvneshwar Kumar basically bowled four bad ball (unfortunately, at the wrong time); Chahal and Kuldeep bowled smartly till Hales went after them; and Hardik Pandya lived up to expectations for the second time in the series.

Jason Roy (67) and Jos Buttler appeared to have put England on course to easily top 200 - but after their opening partnership of 94 in under eight overs, momentum was lost, and there was no grand finish either.

In a match littered with explosive batting, we take a look at the talking points.

Veteran M.S. Dhoni was also at his best behind the stumps, taking five catches and effecting one brilliant run out in the last ball of England's innings to get Jordan's wicket.

England's leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson remarked that it was "not a day to be a bowler" as both sides made hay on a good pitch with short boundaries. With only 23 coming off final three overs, England had to settle for a sub-par 198.

Buttler was dropped by Siddharth Kaul when on 20 with Chahal being the unfortunate bowler. Kaul (2/35) bowled a quicker, fuller delivery and Buttler missed as he was bowled.

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