We’re gonna continue and try different things: Virat Kohli
Team India registered a comprehensive victory in the 3rd and the deciding T20I against India to seal the seal by a 2-1 margin. Rohit Sharma struck an exceptional century and roared back to form. He was due for a big score and he delivered on the big day. He remained unbeaten on exactly hundred as India chased the target down in the penultimate over.
England began quite brilliantly with the bat in hand. Jason Roy, in particular, looked in stunning touch and raced his way to a score of 67 of a mere 31 deliveries. He smashed 7 sixes and 4 fours during his exceptional knock. England faltered in the middle overs a bit hich prevented them from scoring over the 200 mark.
Alex Hales played a good knock and eventually England scored 198 in their allotted 20 overs. Deepak Chahar and Siddharth Kaul also bagged their maiden wickets. 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 Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation
The comeback from the bowlers was outstanding. At one stage we thought they’d end up getting 225-230 which would’ve been tough. But the character they showed, that’s something we’re very proud of. Just hit our areas better I guess (in the second ten overs).
We have the quality to bowl wicket-taking deliveries as well. Applied decent pressure on the batsmen and pulled the game back nicely. 25-30 runs in this format can be massive. Pandya is a really good all-round cricketer.
He’s confident with his skills with bat and ball. He’s sure of what he wants to do. With the ball, the way he picked up those wickets after getting hit for boundaries and sixes. His all-round performance was standout today. Was difficult for the bowlers. Have to be honest. Pitch was really, really flat. We enjoyed ourselves as batsmen. England got 200-odd, we got there with few balls to spare.
Don’t like to look at hindsight and say we could’ve added another bowler. Guys came up with the goods. We’re gonna continue and try different things. You saw the kind of energy and attitude we had on the field. Feels great to have a series win at the start of the tour.