India team batsmen kept their nerves in a high-scoring encounter, as they clinched the series 2-1 beating England by seven wickets at Bristol on July 8 (Sunday).
Meanwhile, England posted 198 runs on the board batting first banking on Jason Roy and Jos Buttler’s blistering start. Roy specifically was of top-notch hammering the bowlers all over the park. Buttler and Alex Hales also provided good support, as the hosts looked well in line to reach the 200-run mark.
However, Indian bowlers scripted a brilliant comeback with Hardik Pandya leading the pack with four wickets. In reply, India lost Shikhar Dhawan early. Since then, it was a one-man show from Rohit Sharma with Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya providing good support.
Rohit Sharma was spectacular with the bat bring his third T20I century after Colin Munro. Kohli chipped in with 43 runs while Pandya remained on 33 runs to overhaul the target.
Here are the players ratings:
SHIKHAR DHAWAN (2/10)
Shikhar Dhawan’s poor form with the bat continues, as he departed scoring only five runs. Dhawan’s poor form on this long tour will worry the team management.
ROHIT SHARMA (10/10)
Rohit Sharma was brilliant with the bat playing a match-winning knock of 100. He remained unbeaten smashing 11 boundaries and five sixes.
Rohit was a class apart today playing his shots and dominating the bowler.
KL RAHUL (4/10)
KL Rahul got off to a flier smashing the balls all-round the park. However, he failed to capitalise on the start. KL Rahul departed scoring 19 runs from ten balls including one boundary and two sixes.
VIRAT KOHLI (6/10)
Virat Kohli provided good support to Rohit Sharma scoring a quickfire 43 runs off 29 balls. His knock included two fours and two sixes. His form will certainly boost the morale of the team management going into the long series.
SURESH RAINA (0/10)
Suresh Raina had no role to play in today’s game. However, he has shown good form with the bat which will be helpful going into the ODIs.
MS DHONI (8/10)
MS Dhoni achieved yet another feat, as he became the first wicket-keeper to grab five catches in a T20I game. However, he didn’t get an opportunity with the bat.
HARDIK PANDYA (8/10)
Hardik Pandya had the worst possible start going away 22 runs in his first over. However, he came back strong in the second spell picking four wickets, thus returning with four for 38.
Furthermore, he was impressive with the bat scoring a quickfire 33 runs from 14 balls.
DEEPAK CHAHAR (4.5/10)
Deepak Chahar didn’t have an impressive debut, as he gave away 43 runs in his four overs. Furthermore, he picked the important wicket of Jason Roy. However, this will be the learning curve of the young seamer.
UMESH YADAV (5/10)
Umesh Yadav was very expensive going away for 48 runs in his four overs. It will worry the team management ahead of the ODI series later this week.
SIDDARTH KAUL (4/10)
Siddarth Kaul was expensive to start off, as the English openers ran a carnage. However, he came back strong the in the death overs two return from two for 35 in his full quota.
YUZVENDRA CHAHAL (5/10)
Yuzvendra Chahal went wicketless in this game returning with none for 30 in his four overs. He has been wicketless in the last two games which will be a worry for India going into the ODIs.