Rohit's unbeaten ton steers India to a seven-wicket win in 3rd T20I

Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 100 as India clinched the three-match T20I series with a seven-wicket win.

Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 100 to guide India to a seven-wicket win over England and seal the series.

IND 201/3 in 18.4 overs. India wins by seven wickets, as Pandya wins it off with a beautiful six over long on. Meanwhile, Rohit scores his century, as it is 3rd T20I ton, & it could not have come at a better time, other than this deciding match, and that too on a winning note. He also becomes the second batsman to score three T20I centuries.

IND 151/3 in 15 overs. The Indian skipper departs seven runs short of his half-century, as he hits the ball hard, back to the bowlers, only to be caught by him. Pandya is the new man in. OUT! Kohli c and b Jordan 43 (29).

IND 100/2 in 10 overs. 50 for Rohit! Truly, once again, he delivers in a big match. Can he convert it into a better score? Meanwhile, 100 runs up for India at the end of 10 overs. Going at this rate should be enough for it to see this match off, provided it doesn't lose further wickets.

IND 70/2 in six overs. The second wicket goes down, as K.L. Rahul falls for 19 after being brilliantly caught by Chris Jordan at long on. However, this should not stop India from scoring. OUT! Rahul c Jordan b J. Ball 19 (10).

IND 56/1 in five overs. Certainly, the start India wanted, as Rohit Sharma is taking on the England bowlers. Can India keep the momentum going?

IND 27/1 in three overs. The opening wicket is down as Dhawan falls for mere five after handing a catch to Jake Ball, who does a great work at the short-fine leg. Is this a big setback for India? Meanwhile, Rohit completes his 2,000 runs in T20Is. OUT! Dhawan c J. Ball b Willey 5 (3).

IND 11/0 in one over.Good start by the Indians openers, but can they maintain the same scoring rate for the rest of the match?

 

ENG 198/9 in 20 overs. Rahid is the final man to be dismissed as he is run out by Dhoni, while prior to him, Plunkett fell for mere nine to Kaul, after being caught behinf by Dhoni. India has made a good comeback from a point when it seemed England could even get 230. Now, with 199 being the target, it would be interesting to see how the Indian batsmen fair. OUT! Plunkett c Dhoni b S. Kaul 9 (4), OUT! Jordan run out (Dhoni) 3 (3).

ENG 191/7 in 19 overs. Now, England batsmen keep tumbling as the tail-enders make their way in and out. The host still eyes the 200-run mark. OUT! Willey b U Yadav 1 (2).

ENG 181/6 in 18 overs. The dangerous all-rounder is on his way back, as India gets rid of half of the England side. Also, Bairstow goes, while Pandya seems to be on a roll with the ball. OUT! Stokes c Kohli b Hardik Pandya 14 (10), Bairstow c Dhoni b Hardik Pandya 25 (14).

ENG 159/4 in 16 overs. 200 looks imminent for England, unless the Indian bowlers can come up with something special to get rid of the remaining batsmen quickly.

ENG 140/4 in 14 overs. The third wicket goes down, as Dhoni takes a good catch to get rid of the skipper. Morgan had hit it really high up in the air, while Dhoni stumbled into the stumps while taking the catch. It is also followed by the second wicket in the over & the fourth wicket in England innings, as Hales just hands it behind to Dhoni. Has the collpase started for the host? OUT! Eoin Morgan c Dhoni b Hardik Pandya 6 (9), Hales c Dhoni b Hardik Pandya 30 (24).

ENG 111/2 in 10 overs. And there goes the second, as Roy is caught-behind by Dhoni off Chahar. The debutant gets his maiden T20I wicket. Can he get more as India needs plenty of them now? OUT! Roy c Dhoni b Chahar 67 (31).

ENG 94/1 in eight overs. Finally, the much-needed breakthrough, as Kaul cleans up Buttler. Can this be the beginning India needed? OUT! Buttler b S. Kaul 34 (21).

ENG 82/0 in seven overs. 50 up for Jason Roy! England continues to play aggressive cricket as it keeps scoring at an alarming rate, while a couple of dropped catches from Deepak Chahar & Siddharth Kaul have made things worse for India. Can England be stopped?

ENG 51/0 in five overs. The English openers are off to an explosive start as the Indian pacers have been unsuccessful in providing the opening breakthrough, so far. If this continues, 200+ is definitely on the cards. How long before the first breakthrough?

Teams:

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Umesh Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Yuzvendra Chahal.

England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Jake Ball.

TOSS: India elects to bowl.

 

 

Following an impressive outing against the host England in the opening game for visitor India at Manchester, it succumbed to a hard-fought tie in Cardiff. Now, with the terms at level once again, both the teams would look to fight it out in this third and deciding T20I at the County Ground in Bristol on Sunday.

With both the in-form teams colliding against each other, it is certainly a million-dollar question to as as about who could win ti all. However, with the game being held in the English backyard, the odds are certainly in its favour. Nevertheless, with the kind of form the Indian team is at present, England definitely would have an uphill task at hand to finish at the top.

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Squads:

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suresh Raina, M.S. Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dinesh Karthik, Siddarth Kaul, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Chahar, Manish Pandey.

England: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Joe Root, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Jake Ball, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes.