India vs England, 3rd T20I - India Bat First In Decider, Deepak Chahar Debuts

Published - 08 Jul 2018, 07:58 PM | Updated - 08 Jul 2018, 08:11 PM

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India have won the toss and decided to field first against England in the third and final T20I at County Ground, Bristol.

Here is what the captains said:

Virat Kohli:

“We will bowl first. Looks like a pretty hard wicket. Not too much of moisture but there is a good covering of grass on it. We have got two changes. Bhuvi has a stiff back. Kaul replaces him. Deepak Chahar makes his debut. He is a new guy, swings the ball both ways and comes in for Kuldeep. Looking at the dimensions and the breeze flowing, we thought we will play an extra seamer. You have to weigh your options. What the best balance of the side would be. Unfortunate for Kuldeep to miss out but he has three ODI games left and he is as lethal as he has ever been. It is just about the balance of the side. A great opportunity for others. Looking at the World Cup in 10 or 12 months time, it is going to be paramount how these young players react in pressure situations. It is about how they show their character and that is what the management and me will have to see.”

Eoin Morgan:

“We would have looked to chase. all set for a good game though. Cardiff flew through more than we expected. We have one change. Joe Root misses out and Ben comes in. Obviously great to have Ben back.”



The series is set for a thrilling finish as the teams head into the third and final game having won a game each. The hosts bounced back strongly after the defeat in the series-opener to keep the series alive.

Indian batsmen had failed to get going in Manchester. Eoin Morgan’s decision to bowl first had turned out to be a good one in the do-or-die game. India were three down with just 22 runs on the board. The visitors managed to stop the rot but could not bat freely after losing so many early wickets.

As a result, they could only manage a modest 148 for five in the allotted 20 overs. Virat Kohli top-scored for India, hitting 47 while MS Dhoni remained unbeaten on 32. In reply, England were in trouble after being down to 44 for three. However, Alex Hales’ unbeaten 58 took them home with two balls to spare.

Moreover, England showed that they can handle India’s spin threat as both Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav failed to make any big impact. With both the teams in pretty good form, the series-decider promises to be an enthralling contest.

Playing elevens:


 Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Umesh Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Yuzvendra Chahal


Jason Roy, Jos Buttler(w), Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan(c), Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Jake Ball




Virat Kohli