Riding on a stunning century from Rohit Sharma, India thrashed England by 6 wickets in the third T20I to win the series 2-1.

Chasing a huge 199, India were off to a great start before losing two wickets in quick succession. India raced away to 21 inside two overs before Jake Ball took a stunner to send back Shikhar Dhawan. KL Rahul feel cheaply too courtesy of a blinder from Chris Jordan.

However, the dismissals did not affect the chase as Rohit Sharma was going great guns. On the other side, he was well supported by skipper Virat Kohli. At the end of the powerplay, India were 70 for 2.  Rohit reached his fifty in the ninth over when he hit a four of Ben Stokes. At the halfway stage, India were 100 for 2. The duo kept on going strong as India reached the 150-run mark in the 15th over. But in the very over, they suffered a huge setback as Chris Jordan dismissed Kohli for 43.

The equation was finally down to 44 off the last four overs. Hardik Pandya started brightly, hitting Jake Ball for three fours as India collected 15 off the 17th over. India eventually reached the target in the 19th over with Rohit also completing his century in the same over. The right-hander reached his century off 56 balls. Pandya finished off the proceedings with a six.

Earlier in the game, England rode on Jason Roy’s blistering fifty to post a daunting 198 for 8 in the allotted 20 overs. Asked to bat first, England were off to a stunning start as Jason Roy and Jos Buttler came out all guns blazing.

Buttler hit debutant Deepak Chahar for three fours in the very first over to set the tone. In the following over, he hit a couple of fours off Umesh Yadav as England made a roaring start.  The powerplay ended with 22 runs in the sixth over as Roy smashed Hardik Pandya for a couple of fours and as many sixes. At the end of the six overs, the scoreboard was reading 73 for no loss.

There was no respite for India even after the end of fielding restrictions. Things went bad from worse for India as Siddarth Kaul dropped Buttler in the seventh over. However, he made amends for it in the very next over by castling the in-form batsman. The wicketkeeper-batsman smashed 34 with the help of 21 fours. Prior to that, Roy reached his fifty off 23 balls.

England breached the 100-run mark when Deepak Chahar was hit for a maximum by Roy on the first delivery of the 10th over. However, on the very next delivery, Chahar had Roy caught behind, much to India’s relief. Roy smashed 67 off just 31 balls with the help of 4 fours and 7 sixes.

Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan then steadied the ship by adding 31 runs before both of them fell in quick succession to Hardik Pandya. Runs, however, were coming at a good rate for the hosts as they raced away to 150 for 4 after 15 overs. Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow then took the onus on themselves to guide England to a strong finish. They played quickfire knocks but departed in quick succession as England found themselves 6 down for 181 after 18 overs. England eventually finished their innings two runs short of 200.

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