India Vs England: On Sunday, Rohit Sharma’s rampage knock led India to a seven-wicket victory over England on a batting surface where bowlers were gone merciless in the third and final T20 international on to seal a 2-1 emphatic victory in the series.
It was Rohit Sharma’s day yesterday as in the ideal conditions for batting, Rohit was in a magnificent touch and made Brisbane crowd his fan by his flamboyant innings.
The Indian opener, Rohit Sharma made unbeaten 100 off 56 balls including 11 fours and 5 sixes to help India to a spectacular win and clinched the T20 series with a winning six of Hardik Pandya in style. Rohit was adjudged the “Man of the Match” and the “Man of the Series”.
Right from the short and straight boundaries, the pitch was not showing any lateral movement or swing which resulted in a tough day for the bowlers out there.
England earlier also took the benefit of the conditions well by putting up a massive total of 198 for nine, but as we all know there is not any certainty in the game of cricket; anything can happen.
And in the end, so it happened, the home team had to regret for collapse that occurred in their middle order and the person behind their somewhat sinking ship was Hardik Pandya who put down a full stop to the cruising innings by grabbing the wickets of Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow to finish his bowling spell by 4-0-38-4.
On the Bristol ground, it was the sparkling smash hits of the Hitman including all the other Indian batsmen as they were barbarous to the England bowling attack.
There was a crucial third-wicket partnership of the captain himself and the ace batsman Rohit Sharma and they contributed 89 valuable runs on the scoreboard to take away the game for the home team. When the captain lost his wicket to Chris Jordan on a caught-and-ball, the team was left with 48 runs to win from 31 balls.
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KL Rahul who made a smashing ton in the first T20 was also in good touch as he played some beautiful shots including a straight drive for four, two sixes before he got out on a splendid catch by Jordan off Plunkett’s bowl who ran and dived from mid-on towards long-on and ended on a promising note for his team to give visitors the fall of the second wicket.
In reply to England 73 runs for the loss of no wicket in the powerplay, India started off pretty well as they were 70 for two after six overs and made sure they were at no stage behind. The Indian bowlers had pulled the things back for their team by taking important wickets in quick successions with Hardik adding four to his account.
Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid bowled two overs very-well for England and conceded just three and four runs in the 15th and 16th overs, but in the 17th over, with three fours Hardik Pandya and Rohit released the pressure.
The credit of England’s huge total goes to the partnership of 94 runs in eight overs, between Jason Roy and Jos Buttler.