Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

England sets India 199 to win series-decider 3rd T20

England sets India 199 to win series-decider 3rd T20

India's Rohit Sharma celebrates after reaching his century during the third global Twenty20 cricket match between England and India at The Brightside Ground, Bristol on July 8, 2018.

Rohit then launched on Plunkett with a six and a four in the 11th over and captain Virat Kohli, who came on the crease at the fall of Rahul, joined the party with a six in the next over to place India well on course of the target. A single brought Roy on strike who brought up his half-century with a six, taking only 23 balls to get there and becoming the second-quickest Englishman to do so.

But Hales and England's other batsmen had been working on the bowling machine nicknamed Merlyn which they use to mimic bowlers' actions and it paid off with Hales and the rest neutering Yadav who went wicketless.

However, Pandya took 20 runs from the 18th over - bowled by Ball - to put India ahead of the run-rate and turn the match firmly in their favour.

8 - India have won all the eight three-match T20I series they have played so far.

Root has only made 72 runs in five innings across the two limited-overs formats since being shunted down to No7 in England's world-record score at Trent Bridge three weeks ago.

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However, there was no stopping Rohit as India raced to 56/1 inside five overs but a brilliant catch by Chris Jordan, running from long-on and diving full length, brought an end to K.L. Rahul's (19; 10b; 1x4, 2x6) innings off a Ball delivery. Pacer Deepak Chahar, who was handed his first worldwide T20I cap, went for plenty of runs but was instrumental in claiming Roy's wicket. The way he played in the match last night, it made everyone sit on the edge of their seats. In between, Bairstow seemed determined to take England past the 200 mark but Pandya most definitely put paid to those efforts with another double-wicket over, also accounting for Ben Stokes's wicket. Pandya had a formality to do and he did well with a six to take India to victory, that too, in style.

1 - MS Dhoni became the first wicketkeeper to take 50 T20I catches. However, Pandya reaped the rewards of it in a game-changing second spell where he picked all of his wickets for just 16 runs.

England returned well after their first-match surrender to Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav and did not let Indian spinners dominate in the second game. "I think we competed quite well but England were the better side, that's why they came through today (Friday)", Kohli said after the defeat in Cardiff. "But the character they showed, that's something we're very proud of". "There was a lot more clarity in the shots that we played".

India skipper Virat Kohli: "The comeback from the bowlers was outstanding".

"It was a brutal day for the bowlers". England had a good opportunity to amass a huge total, but India fought back after the twin dismissals of the English openers.

"We enjoyed ourselves as batsmen. We applied pressure and pulled the game back nicely".

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