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By Sandy - Jul 8, 2018 10:41 pm
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Rohit Sharma’s brilliant unbeaten century knock and Hardik Pandya’s impressive all-round performances helped the Indian team to comfortably win the third and final T20I by 7 wickets (with 8 balls remaining) at County Ground (Bristol) on Sunday. With this victory, India won the three-match T20I series against the hosts England by the 1-2 margins.

Rohit Sharma

Indian captain Virat Kohli decided to field first after winning the toss. England had a very good opening start as their opening batsmen Jason Roy and Jos Buttler put a fast 94-run partnership. In the powerplay, England openers managed to put 73 runs on the board without losing their wickets.

After in-form Buttler was dismissed on 34 runs, another opener Roy also departed soon after playing a blistering knock of 67 off 31 balls (4 fours and 7 sixes).

Then Hardik Pandya showed his wicket-taking skills that restricted the England team to under the 200-run mark. Pandya, who conceded 22 runs in his first over, ended with the figure of 4-0-38-4.

Only Alex Hales (30) and Jonny Bairstow (25) are the other batsmen to reach the 20-run mark as England was restricted to 198/9 at the end of 20 overs.

Apart from Pandya, Siddarth Kaul (2/35) took two wickets while another pacer Umesh Yadav (1/48) and the debutant Deepak Chahar (1/43) got one wicket each. However, at the one stage, England was a favourite to score 210-220 or more runs.

Chasing down the target, India started attacking fashion but lost the opener Shikhar Dhawan (5) and the no.3 batsman KL Rahul (19) for cheaply. Then another opener Rohit Sharma and the skipper Virat Kohli put an important 89-run partnership for the third wicket that set the game for the visitors.

While Sharma completed his half-century in 28 balls and was stretching his innings for the long mark, Kohli was caught & bowled by Chris Jordan after scoring 43 off 29 balls (2 fours and 2 sixes).

Rohit Sharma continued his innings and scored a brilliant century in 56 balls as he was not out on 100 off 56 balls with 11 fours and 5 sixes. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya played a smashing knock of unbeaten 33 off 14 balls (4 fours and 2 sixes) that helped the team to win the match comfortably as they reached the target in 18.4 overs after losing three wickets.

Among the English bowlers, David Willey (1/37), Jake Ball (1/39) and Chris Jordan (1/40) picked up one wicket each.

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