India register a comfortable seven-wicket victory over England in the third T20I
Rohit Sharma’s stunning knock helped India register a comfortable seven-wicket win over England in the third T20I to seal a series triumph in Bristol on Sunday.
The day started with the India captain Virat Kohli winning the toss and opting to bowl first. His decision proved a wrong one as the home side were off to a flying start as opener Jason Roy and Jos Buttler scored 94 for the first wicket in just 7.5 overs – and were on target to score in excess of 200 runs easily.
But once Buttler departed, the Men in Blue made a great comeback and restricted the home side to 198-9 in their allotted 20 overs. Roy finished the innings with the top score of 67 off 31 balls with the help of four fours and seven sixes, whereas Buttler scored 34 off 21 balls with the seven fours.
For India, pacer Hardik Pandya was the pick of the bowlers as he claimed four, whereas young Siddarth Kaul claimed two wickets.
In reply, Team India never looked in trouble and comfortably chase down the target in the 18.4 overs, courtesy Sharma’s stunning century. Sharma remained 100 not out off just 56 balls with the help of 11 fours and five sixes. It was the 31-year-old’s fifth century in the 20-over format.
He was well supported by captain Kohli, who scored 43 off 29 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes, and all-rounder Pandya, who scored 33 not out off 14 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. For England, pacers David Willey, Jake Ball and Chris Jordan claimed a wicket each. For his outstanding batting performance, Sharma was named player of the match and player of the series.