England vs India - Highlights & Stats


Pandya opened, and persisted with, short balls on the hard wicket in his first over that went for 22 runs, of which Roy hit 21. He was there with centurion Rohit Sharma when India needed to pull themselves out of a brief slowdown when the 15th and 16th over produced seven runs and the wicket of Virat Kohli. Hardik Pandya and Sharma made no delay in securing the match and the series as both of them guided the Indian team to a fantastic 7-wicket victory with 8 balls to spare.

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly criticised Team India's decision to drop Kuldeep Yadav from the playing eleven for the third and final T20I against England on Sunday.

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya credited Rohit Sharma for the team's comprehensive win in the series-clinching third and final T20 global against England, saying it was a special innings from the elegant batsman after two ordinary outings.

Rohit notched up the hundred off 55 balls and passed on the strike to Pandya, who sealed the game and the series with a six. He made his India debut against England in 3rd T20I at Bristol on Sunday and finished with figures of 1/43 at an economy of 10.75.

The bowlers had their moments, certainly.

India's bowlers came back at them though with Pandya dismissing Morgan (6) and Alex Hales (30) to start the fightback.

But on a pitch where anything that was too short or full could be flayed to the boundary, it rarely felt as though it was an even contest between bat and ball. Dhoni completed the catch this time around.

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Any hopes England had of applying pressure were snuffed out by Rahul, who arrived at the crease and drove his first delivery to the boundary.

England put up the target of 199 runs for India. Rahul pounced on Ball, striking him for a straight six, but when he tried to repeat the shot, Jordan sprinted to his right at long-on to take a diving catch that left the batsman shaking his head.

The breakthrough came just as India were starting to wonder where to bowl to the opening duo.

Earlier, it was Pandya who hauled the visitors back into the game after openers Jos Buttler (34; 21b; 7x4) and Roy gave England a flying start.

"(But) Jason (Roy) and Jos (Buttler) were brilliant up front and nearly gave us a licence to allow ourselves to think about 220", he added. To add to India's woes, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a stiff back.

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.