England vs India, 3rd T20I


India defeated England by seven wickets in a thrilling third and final T20 at Bristol to claim the three-match series 2-1.

The openers failed to stay at the crease and departed early with Rohit Sharma scoring 5 runs and Shikhar Dhawan gathering only10 runs to his kitty. Virat Kohli (captain) asked me and I told him I was okay - if you come and take wickets on this type of wicket and ground it will stop the runs. A single brought Roy on strike who brought up his half-century with a six, taking only 23 balls to get there and becoming the second-quickest Englishman to do so. He lauded the effort of his bowlers to come back at the back end and restrict England to a sub-par total while praising Pandya and centurion Rohit for their efforts.

Latest Update Ind vs Eng 3rd T20I:: Hardik Pandya's final six to clinch the game with 8 balls to go in the match has given India the three match T20 global series against England 2-1.

After England squared the series in Cardiff last Friday India needed to win to make it seven successive worldwide T20 series win in succession.

Virat Kohli scored 43 before he was caught and bowled by Chris Jordan, and Hardik Pandya (33 not out) shared a 50-run unbeaten partnership with Sharma.

Roy was caught behind shortly after off the bowling of Deepak Chahar.

The powerplay yielded 73 and the only realistic chance India had during the early carnage was a mistimed slog sweep from Buttler in Yuzvendra Chahal's first over, but the ball popped out of Siddarth Kaul's hands.

Ben Stokes returned to the side in place of Joe Root after missing the one-day series and the one-off T20 against Australia but managed just 14 with the bat and no wickets for 11 with the ball.

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Another tight over from Adil Rashid (0-32) briefly turned that hope to belief before Pandya and Rohit took 15 from the next from Jake Ball to put India firmly back in the ascendancy.

"India were probably on top of their game today, and we weren't - and we were just short". The ODIs will be followed by 5 Test matches. "There was a lot more clarity in the shots that we played".

Kohli said: "The comeback from the bowlers was outstanding - I thought they would end up getting 225 or 230 which would have been tough".

Unfortunately for England, the Indian batsmen also enjoyed the bright sunshine and short boundaries in Bristol.

"They (England batsman) played Kuldeep really well".

"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".

The all-rounder was hit for 22 runs in his first over by Roy but he showed good composure to bounce back in his next three.