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Clinical India clinch series 3-2
and Jos Buttler's quickfire half-centuries went in vain as Bhuvneshwar Kumar
and Shardul Thakur ensured that England fell 36 runs short in their pursuit
of 224 for 2 in the series decider, a total setup courtesy fifties by Rohit
Sharma and Virat Kohli, backed by cameos from Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik
The hosts sealed the
five-match series in Ahmedabad 3-2 on Saturday.
What was India's latest
KL Rahul, after his run of poor scores, was dropped in place of an extra
pacer - T Natarajan. After losing another toss and being asked to bat, Virat
Kohli partnered Rohit Sharma at the top. India's two most experienced
batters paired up for the first time at the top and made a seamless start to
the innings, with Rohit taking the charge of the attack.
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After two scratchy knocks so far in the series, he was at his
fluent best, pulling and driving with equal ease. India raced away to 60 for
no loss in the powerplay, of which Kohli had scored only a 15-ball 17.
the pace of Mark Wood and Jofra Archer, nor the slower deliveries of Chris
Jordan and Ben Stokes had any impact on Rohit's strokeplay.
He brought up his
half-century off only 30 balls before getting dismissed in the 9th over,
inside edging Stokes's cutter on to the stumps, for a 34-ball 64.
How did Kohli pace innings?
For most parts of India's innings, Kohli was playing the secondary role,
allowing the likes of Rohit and Suryakumar, and even Pandya who finished
unbeaten on a 17-ball 39, to hog the majority of the strike while they were
able to score at a high rate. Of his first 31 deliveries, he had scored only
41, largely playing the role of turning the strike over. However, in the
last six overs, he played 21 balls and scored 39 to help India to 224 for 2
- the fourth highest score in T20Is. Barring Jordan and Adil Rashid, the
other bowlers didn't have a response to India's constant attack. Wood and
Jordan ended up conceding more than 50 runs from their spells - 53 and 57
respectively - without picking a wicket.
India 224/2 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 80, Rohit Sharma 64; Ben Stokes 1-26)
beat England 188/8 in 20 overs (Dawid Malan 68, Jos Buttler 52; Shardul
Thakur 3-45, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-15) by 36 runs.