On a small ground on a flat wicket we're expected to score more than 198: Eoin Morgan

Published - 09 Jul 2018, 12:30 AM

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma hits an unbeaten hundred to lift India to a win the Bristol against England.

India thrashed England by 7 wickets to seal the 3 match T20I series by a 2-1 margin. Rohit Sharma played a stunning knock and remained unbeaten on a century. Hardik Pandya also played a good knock and remained unbeaten on 33 of 14 deliveries. Earlier in the day, England scored a competitive 198 in their allotted 20 overs.

It was Indian skipper Virat Kohli who won the toss and keeping the trend intact elected to bowl first again.  The English batters began quite brilliantly with Jason Roy smashing the Indian bowlers all around the mark. He started off in a brilliant manner and Roy thrashed 4 fours and 7 sixes during the process of 67 of 31 deliveries.

The Indian team management handed their maiden international caps to Siddharth Kaul and Deepak Chahar. Kuldeep Yadav surprisingly was left out. Despite Bristol being a small crowd he should have automatically played given his exceptional performance in the opening match. Alex Hales struck some gorgeous shots as he build his innings.

However, the Indian bowlers were up to the mark in the final 10 overs. Deepak Chahar and Kaul both bagged their maiden wickets in international cricket. They eventually reached the total of 198. India needed to get off to a great start. Dhawan was dismissed early on. Rohit Sharma needed to play a big knock and he delivered on the most important day of the series.

He looked in great and touch and shared impressive partnerships with KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. He became the 2nd batsman to smash 3 T20I centuries after Colin Munro. India was never tested despite a target of nearly 200. Hardik Pandya also played a stellar knock in end and remained unbeaten on 33 of 14 deliveries.

Here is what losing skipper Eoin Morgan said at the post-match presentation

Tremendous start with the bat. Roy and Buttler prove a dominant force at the top, we didn’t do their platform justice. Faltered in execution. Normally it’s one of the best parts of our game. On a small ground on a flat wicket we’re expected to score more than that. Difficult to defend on grounds like this. It’s more the conditions. Teams like Pakistan, India, they have a big following and we’re used to it. Hopefully we can learn as we go along. This series has had three different tests for us. It’s exciting. Trent Bridge has been a good ground for us. The last couple of times we’ve lost the toss there, we’ve been able to get a result.

MS Dhoni
BRISTOL, ENGLAND – JULY 08: India wicketkeeper MS Dhoni fields the final delivery of the innings with one keeping glove on during the 3rd Vitality International T20 match between England and India at The Brightside Ground on July 8, 2018 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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