Rohit Sharma’s magnificent 100* leads India to series win

A long tour of England can bring contingencies, and India responded gloriously to the first of those to maintain their clean sheet in T20I bilateral series of three matches. Central to India’s win was a man who might yet have to play a big part in the rest of the summer: allrounder Hardik Pandya stepped up with India missing two of their first-choice quicks to injury and dropping Kuldeep Yadav, who had taken five wickets two matches ago, because of the small straight boundaries.

Pandya bowled smartly, not giving England anything to drive and changing his pace often in his personal best analysis of 4 for 38, reducing a marauding England batting to 198 when they had looked good for 225. 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. 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 according to ESPN cricinfo.

Rohit Sharma 100* gives Virat Kohli’s formidable India 2-1 win in T20 series

At times this felt less like a conventional Twenty20 cricket match than a simple six-hitting contest. So it felt entirely appropriate that India sealed this gentle cruise, and the T20 series, with a thumping six slugged over long on.

It was the last of a day of 23 sixes; England actually managed 12 to India’s 11. But more telling was that they managed only 30 dot balls, while India produced 48. So imperious was their chase of 199 that India hauled their target down with eight balls remaining – and there was not even any need for Suresh Raina or MS Dhoni to bat.

This was a run chase that married overwhelming power with the coldly clinical. India had no need to recourse to pyrotechnics; trusting in the purity of their timing and swings, just as Hardik Pandya did in the moment of victory, was enough. There have been higher chases in T20 international history, of course, including two by India, but seldom can a team have chased down so many while retaining quite such an air of serenity throughout according to The Telegraph.

England vs India, 3rd T20: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya star as Men in Blue win series

Bristol: Team India clinched the three-match T20I series against England after a convincing 7-wicket victory in the series decider at the Bristol City County Ground on Sunday. After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Virat Kohli and co were set a total of 199 to chase and they responded in style.

David Willey stunned the Indian camp with an early with of Shikhar Dhawan but Rohit Sharma kept firing at the top to keep the required run rate in control. Chris Jordan then took another spectacular catch to dismiss the in-form KL Rahul as reported by Deccan Chronicle.

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