Well, the County Ground, Bristol has become harsh to its’ native performers today. The home team did everything that could be done to win the series but fortune favored the brave – this time the bravest was the synonym of Rohit Sharma – the Indian opener congregated his third hundred in T20Is, becomes the second batsman to do so, to throttle his team stop only in the port of victory.
In 20 overs of the match, England scored 198 runs, a total that could be proved too much for any opponent to chase down but when a stroke maker like Rohit Sharma presents in any team, it seems not a matter of hard work even to eclipse anything back past.
A glazing unbeaten hundred was exhibited by Sharma as India successfully surpassed the total of 198 runs thrown by England after being sent into bat first; the subcontinent giants, therefore, clinched the series 2-1 registering an emphatic 7 wicket victory in the third and final of the three match T20I series.
Rohit Sharma’s blazing 56 ball 100 has been well accompanied by Hardik Pandya’s all round performance. Pandya slammed 33 off 14 after booking career best figure of 4/38.
It is a wholesome winning start for India in their long summer tour in England.
India’s initiation of the innings towards the big total was not sound. Losing Shikhar Dhawan as early as in the third over only blessed the tourists to have Rohit Sharma in the crease. Sharma, along with KL Rahul started punching back towards the hosts wasting no time in the middle resulting a 41 run second wicket partnership within next three overs.
Rahul was departed facing a delivery from Jake Ball, a wicket which could be more finely claimed by fielder Chris Jordan who took an wonderful acrobatic catch.
Rahul stroked 2 sixes in his 10 ball 19. Skipper Virat Kohli, enjoined Sharma in the crease, proceeded with great speed towards the victory target. With the opener became more aggressive partner between them, Kohli also knocked out 43 runs with the help of two fours and similar number of sixes in 29 deliveries.
The Kohli-Sharma lasted for 89 runs before the Indian skipper became the first bowling victim of Jordan in the match.
While Hardik hit the winning run for India, Sharma became the second batsman to score three hundreds in the shortest format of the game. He was adjudged man of the match.
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Earlier on Sunday in Bristol, Jason Roy and Jos Buttler gave England a flying start after they lost the toss. Playing seven overs, the two English openers scored 94 runs without being detached.
After Siddharth Kaul produced the first breakthrough for India taking Buttler out for 34 (21 balls, 4×7), England started losing wickets regularly amidst run flowing down.
Jason Roy hit the bulk of them – the opener scored 67 of 31 deliveries striking seven shots for sixes.
England 198/9 (20 overs)
Jason Roy 67, Jos Buttler 34, Alex Hales 30
Hardik Pandya 4/38, Siddharth Kaul 2/35, Deepak Chahar 1/43
India 201/3 (18.4 overs)
Rohit Sharma 100*, Virat Kohli 43, Hardik Pandya 33*
Chris Jordan 1/40, Jake Ball 1/39, David Willey 1/37
Result: India won by 7 wickets.
Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma
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