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Rohit Sharma's Ton, Hardik Pandya's Four-Wicket Haul Powers India to Victory

Rohit Sharma's Ton, Hardik Pandya's Four-Wicket Haul Powers India to Victory”

Rohit Sharma struck his third global T20 century to complete a 2-1 series victory for India over England at Bristol.

England put on 94 for the first wicket between top scorer Jason Roy (67) and Jos Buttler (34) but after the latter was bowled by Siddarth Kaul the run-rate slowed and they eventually limped to 198 for 9. The 24-year-old returned career-best figures of 4/38. A lucky top-edge for four took Rohit to his fifty off 28 balls, while Virat Kohli took his time settling in. There was just time for Rohit to bring up his hundred before Pandya (33no) wrapped up the match and the series with a six over long on.

India pulled off a magnificent run chase to claim the 3-match T20 series 2-1. You can watch video highlights of IND vs ENG here.

Three terrific catches - one from Jake Ball and two by Chris Jordan - interrupted India's chase. Central to India's win was a man who might yet have to play a big part in the rest of the summer: allrounder Hardik Pandya stepped up with India missing two of their first-choice quicks to injury and dropping Kuldeep Yadav, who had taken five wickets two matches ago, because of the small straight boundaries. In a knock that didn't even last half of England's innings, Roy equalled the England record for most sixes: seven.

The England Test captain was dropped for the first time in any format in four years when Ben Stokes returned for the final Twenty20 global against India in Bristol and finds himself at a short-form crossroads. IND vs ENG 3rd T20I Highlights.

Buttler and Roy scored 73/0 in six overs with both in-form batters smacking 10 fours and four sixes in the process.

For India, Siddarth Kaul came back into the mix in place of injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while Deepak Chahar was handed his global debut at the expense of Kuldeep Yadav who was dropped. After his record churning spree at the County Ground in Bristol, Dinesh Karthik asked him whether he would like a new nickname, but Rohit said that he is happy with his current nickname of "Hitman".

The breakthrough came just as India were starting to wonder where to bowl to the opening duo.

Kaul finally ended the carnage by rattling the stumps as Buttler tried to swipe across the line.

The target of 199 runs was not less but the wicket condition was in favour of batsmen.

Amid all this, MS Dhoni took five catches in the inning, the first wicket-keeper to achieve the feat. "We had to bowl wicket taking deliveries because 20 or 30 runs can be massive". Just a ball after, Bairstow followed Stokes towards the pavilion. The rest of the batsmen could not take England past the 200-mark but still posted a more than par total.



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