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Kohli-Rohit pair, bowlers inspire India to series win

From 1-2 behind, India have bounced back well to take the five-match series 3-2 against No.1 T20I side England to end the Ahmedabad leg of the tour.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma set the tone for India. ©Getty Images

 

Chasing a mammoth total of 225 after electing to bowl in the decider, England fell 36 runs short of the target as they were pulled back to 188/8.

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Shardul Thakur played a part in changing the game, sending back dangerous-looking Dawid Malan in the same over in which he dismissed Jonny Bairstow. Thakur leaked 45 runs for his three wickets.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took 2 for 15 in four overs on a day for batsmen, left England on the backfoot in rattling the stumps of Jason Roy in the first over. Jos Buttler and Malan looked threatening as they added 130 runs for the second-wicket.

Buttler hit 4 sixes and 2 fours in his 34-ball 52 runs before holding out off Kumar.

World No.1 ranked T20I batsman Malan became the fastest male cricketer (24 innings) to score 1000 T20I runs during his 68 off 46, that studded with 9 boundaries and 2 maximums.

England lost the momentum completely which saw them losing last 7 wickets for 44 runs.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli opened with Rohit Sharma to put on an entertaining, eye-catching 94-run partnership. Both took hold of the pace offered by the English bowlers.

Rohit was the aggressor on a placid pitch. He hit 64 runs off 34 balls with 4 fours and 5 sixes before inside-edging off Ben Stokes in the ninth over.

Kohli player the anchor role while watching Suryakumar Yadav (32 off 17) and Hardik Pandya (39* off 17) enjoy the run-fest.

However, Kohli pushed the accelerating button in the death overs, ending the innings remaining unbeaten on 80 off 52 and striking 7 fours and 2 sixes. That guided India to 224/2 – a solid total in quest to secure the series.

Kumar was awarded player of the match for being the stand-out bowler. Kohli bagged the player of the series award for scoring 231 runs at a strike-rate of 147.13 including three half-centuries.

Brief scores:

India 224/2 in 20 overs (Kohli 80*, Rohit 64, H Pandya 39*; Stokes 1/26)

England 188/8 in 20 overs (Malan 68, Buttler 52; Thakur 3/45, Kumar 2/15)

India won by 36 runs

Player of the Match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Player of the Series: Virat Kohli

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