India thump England to clinch T20 series after Rohit Sharma century

Doug Mendoza
July 10, 2018

The visitors went on to register their eighth T20I series win as Rohit Sharma smashed a fluent century during the chase.

However, India slowly brought themselves back into the match.

Jos Buttler led the way, striking seven fours on his way to a 21-ball 34, but by the time he was bowled by Siddarth Kaul (2-35), Roy had overtaken him.

There is little time for either side to reflect on the series though as attentions now turns to the three-match one-day global series that begins at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Pandya's 33 off 14 took off any pressure that might have been on his Mumbai Indians' team-mate as India chased the target down with more than an over to spare.

Jordan gave England a ray of hope when things looked dim for the hosts by picking up Kohli's wicket with a sharp catch off his own bowling. "If you come and bowl the right lengths, and take wickets on this kind of pitch, eventually you will stop runs", Pandya said. But while the home team's slide started at this stage, India overcame the sluggish phase and marched ahead of England's respective score to consistently bring down the required rate and the pressure, if any. 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.

Credit has to be given to India's bowlers, who recovered well from a chastening start. He needs 13 runs to complete 1,500 T20I runs. f he reaches there he will be the 3rd Indian (after Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Suresh Raina) and 18th overall to the landmark.

Later, Stokes holed out to Kohli at mid off and once again in the same over Bairstow, who was looking good after smacking two fours and sixes, nicked a half volley to the keeper. The ODIs will be followed by 5 Test matches. The execution wasn't up to scratch.

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"That total isn't defendable when a guy comes out and plays like that on a small ground. We are just playing our best cricket, and when you do that you end up doing well".

He was ably supported by skipper Virat Kohli, who scored a 29-ball 43.

'I think the comeback from the bowlers was outstanding, we thought they would get 225-230. The character we showed is something we're very proud of.

"Not having two good games and then coming back to play such an innings, that is special".

"When I went for 22 in an over, I thought "the T20 is a amusing format", and the only thing to do was to come back and bowl my best balls".

India batsman Rohit Sharma: "I like to be calm, not to panic, because I know once you're there you can make up time". We had to make the batsmen feel like they would make mistakes.

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