ENGLAND: India defeated England by 7 wickets in the third T20 to take the series 2-1. Rohit Sharma’s smash hit the century, hearty Pandya’s four wickets, India scored a record score of 200. In the third T20 International played in Bristol, India defeated England by 7 wickets and took 2-1 on the three-match series. England first scored 198/9, in response to which the Indian team achieved the target by losing only 3 wickets in the 19th overdue to Rohit Sharma’s smokeless century.
Rohit Sharma was adjudged Man of the Match and Man of the Series for his century. India won the toss and decided to bowl first, but Jason Roy and Jos Buttler gave England a smoky start. Both shared a 94-run partnership for the first wicket in just 7.5 overs. Jason Roy scored 67 runs in 31 balls with the help of four fours and seven sixes. Butler played 34 off 21 balls.
However, once England’s score was going around 225-230, the Indian bowlers did a great comeback and stopped at the 198/9 score. England, who scored 73 in the first innings and 94 in the first eight overs, could only manage 104 in the remaining 12 overs, which can be said to be the average score given by a fast start. Alex Hales 30, Johnny Bairstow 25, and Ben Stokes, who returned after injury, scored 14 runs from England.
India’s hearty Pandya took four for 38 runs. After giving 22 runs in the first over, Hardik made a great comeback. Apart from them, Siddharth Kaul and Umesh Yadav, and Deepak Chahar, playing the first match, took 1-1 wickets. Although the most economical bowler from India, Yuswendra Chahal, who scored 30 runs in his four overs, he did not get any success.
In reply to the target, India did not start well and Shikhar Dhawan (5) was out in the third over. Rohit Sharma then brought up the side with KL Rahul (19) for 50 runs during the Pawar Cup, but Rahul’s dismissal in the sixth over caused another blow to the Indian team. After the powerplay, India’s score was 70/2.
In the ninth over, Rohit completed his half-century in 28 balls and in the same innings he completed his 2000 runs in T20 International. Earlier, this record was only Virat Kohli’s name from India.
After 10 overs, India’s score was 100/2 and in the last 60 balls, 99 needed to win. India crossed the 150 mark in the 15th over and the win here was a lot easier. Rohit added 89 runs with Virat Kohli to lead the team towards victory. However, in the 15th over, Kohli scored 43 runs in 29 balls. India needed 48 runs to win in the last 5 overs.
In the 19th over, Rohit Sharma (56 balls 100 *, 11 fours, 5 sixes) completed his record third T20 international century and together with Hardik Pandya (14 balls 33 *), gave the team victory with 8 balls remaining. Both of them added unbeaten 50 runs for the fourth wicket and Hardik hit India with a six to win the series.
So far only two batsmen have made three hundred in T20 internationals and Rohit has equaled Colin Munro in this case.