Twitter Erupts As Team India Beat England To Register A 3-2 Series Win

Twitter Erupts As Team India Beat England To Register A 3-2 Series Win

India, VVS Laxman, ICC, England
India. [Image-Twitter]

A record-shattering batting performance backed up equally outstanding bowling by the Bhuvneshwar Kumar-led seam-bowling unit has helped Team India win the final T20I by 36 runs and register their third consecutive T20I series win against England .

Chasing 225, England may have lost Jason Roy on the second ball of their innings but Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler ensured that the visitors got off to a rollicking start.

Malan, who has struggled throughout the series, laid into Indian seamers, especially Hardik Pandya, who went for 18 in his first over.

Twitter Erupts As Team India Beat England To Register A 3-2 Series Win

Malan raced his way to 33 off just 20 balls while Jos Buttler, courtesy back-to-back boundaries off Washington Sundar and a six off Shardul Thakur, stroked 14-ball 23 as England racked up 62 runs in the powerplay.

Buttler and Malan continued to smash the Indian bowlers as they racked up 42 runs in the next four overs to end up with 104 runs in the first 10.

Twitter Erupts As Team India Beat England To Register A 3-2 Series Win
Jos Buttler [Image-Twitter]
Malan completed his half-century with a glance past fine-leg in the next over and he celebrated that with an audacious six over the cover-region and then a drive for a boundary. Buttler too completed his fifty in the next over as England racing their way to 1/127 in 12 overs.

Twitter Erupts As Team India Beat England To Register A 3-2 Series Win
Bhuvneshwar Kumar [Image-Twitter]
Virat Kohli brought back Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the attack, a move which paid off as Jos Buttler finally mistimed a lofted drive to give an easy catch to Hardik Pandya at extra-cover. Bhuvi conceded just three runs in his over and Hardik Pandya backed it up with another brilliant over in which he gave away just six runs.

Shardul Thakur used his change of pace to brilliant effect and with the required rate moving past 16, Jonny Bairstow holed out in the deep. Thakur then proceeded to knock over Dawid Malan’s stumps with a knuckle-ball as England slumped to 4-142 after 15 overs. Eoin Morgan once again failed to put any substantial score as he failed to pick the slow bouncer bowled by Hardik Pandya and top-edged the attempted pull-stroke as England’s freefall continued.

The flurry of wickets completely broke the back of English batting and with the required run-rate hovering close to 20, the contest was essentially reduced to how close the visitors would get to India’s total.

 

Rampaging India smash 2-224 against England in the series-decider

India, England
Virat Kohli [Image-Twitter]
Batting first, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, opening the innings for the first time in T20Is, got India off to a rollicking start despite a cautious first two overs of Adil Rashid.

The duo took the attack to England’s fast-bowling duo of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood. The first two overs bowled by the duo saw Rohit and Virat smash as many as four boundaries, the pick of them being the straight dive by Sharma off Wood.

Virat Kohli brought up India’s 50 in just 5.2 overs courtesy a disdainful pull off Mark Wood behind square before Rohit Sharma proceeded to do an encore of it as India finished the powerplay at 0/60. Rohit was batting on a completely different level tonight.

India, England, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli [Image-Twitter]
After having struggled against Adil Rashid during the initial stage, the swashbuckler cut loose post the six he hit off leg-spinner in the 3rd over of the innings. And, he did not relent post that stroke. The opener raced his way to a 26-ball 44 after he pulled Chris Jordan for yet another six in the 7th over.

Rohit got a reprieve in the next over after he top-edge Sam Curran over the keeper’s head but Mark Wood couldn’t latch on it. Rohit proceeded to rub salt on England’s wounds as he flicked Sam Curran for another six over square-leg to race past his 50 in just 30 balls.

And, he backed it up with a straight six over Ben Stokes head before pulling him for a boundary as India raced to 92 in just 8.3 overs

Rohit’s innings may have come to an end after he failed to connect another pull shot on a slow bouncer bowled by Ben Stokes but India’s onslaught didn’t as Suryakumar Yadav picked up from where he had left in the last match.

Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Jordan
Suryakumar Yadav [Image-BCCI]
Yadav announced his arrival with a straight six off Adil Rashid and then backed it up with another maximum courtesy an inside-out stroke over covers.It all happened on the second ball of the 14th when Suryakumar Yadav [32 off 17 balls] danced down the track and smashed Adil Rashid towards the deep midwicket region.

He then proceeded to lay into Chris Jordan as he smashed him for three consecutive boundaries courtesy of his trademark scoop shot. But just as it looked as if SKY was going to get another boundary off Adil Rashid but for Chris Jordan’s incredulous effort.

Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan [Image-BCCI]
The Barbados-born English international plucked the catch with one hand and lobbed it straight to captain Eoin Morgan before crossing the boundary rope.

Virat Kohli [80* off 52 balls], however, continued to bat like he always does as he surgically picked out gaps in the field to bring up yet another half-century- his third of the series.

Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya [Image-BCCI]
Hardik Pandya finally got himself going in the series as he smashed two sixes and four fours during his 17-ball. India racked up 66 runs in the last five overs as they breached their previous highest total against England [218 in the 2007 T20 World Cup] to finish at 2-224 after 20 overs.

 

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