Rohit Sharma's Ton, Hardik Pandya's Four-Wicket Haul Powers India to Victory

Doug Mendoza
July 9, 2018

Hosts England winning the last match at Cardiff by 5 wickets on Friday have levelled the Twenty20 series at 1-1 in the three-match series against India, the tourists will be looking to win here on Sunday in the decider match and capture the series under their belt. "#ENGvIND" For the unversed, chasing a mammoth target of 199, Rohit Sharma gave India a blistering start before his fellow partner Shikhar Dhawan went back to the pavilion after being dismissed for five runs. Lokesh Rahul too stayed for a while but the much-needed partnership for India came between Rohit and captain Virat Kohli.

Jason Roy (67) and Jos Buttler appeared to have put England on course to easily top 200 - but after their opening partnership of 94 in under eight overs, momentum was lost, and there was no grand finish either. Although England managed a score of 198 at the expense of 9 wickets in 20 overs, the first innings was all about Hardik Pandya and former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

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The sides start a three-game one-day global series on Thursday before playing five Tests.

The Surrey opener was striking the ball beautifully down the ground and reached his half-century from 23 balls, only to fall in a rather tame manner, caught behind - one of five catches for MS Dhoni - trying to run a slower ball from debutant Deepak Chahar (1-43) down to third man.

Kohli ended up getting caught and bowled by Jordan.

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We did create some opportunities at the start of the second half. "I have the greatest respect for them, and congratulations to England ".

In the end, the home team were left to rue the late collapse they suffered.

However, India slowly brought themselves back into the match. His final three overs went for just 16 runs as he finished with figures of 4-38 from his four overs.

Just then, though, Pandya hit the first two balls of the 17th over for fours, and India were back on track.

Dhoni, who took became the first player to take five catches in a T20 worldwide, removed his glove before the final ball of the innings, making it easier for him to run out Jordan as he tried to pinch a bye. "There was a lot more clarity in the shots that we played".

"They (England batsman) played Kuldeep really well". Applied decent pressure on the batsmen and pulled the game back nicely. "I don't think we have to play a completely flawless game every time (to beat them) - we proved that at Cardiff". A lucky top-edge for four took Rohit to his fifty off 28 balls, while Virat Kohli took his time settling in. I don't like to look at hindsight and say we could have added another bowler. We backed up something and the guys produced the goods for us.

"We always knew it was going to be a good pitch", Sharma said.

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