India beat England by seven wickets in the third and final Twenty-20 International at Bristol last night to clinch the series, 2-1. VIRAT,FIRST INDIAN CAPTAIN TO WIN A T20I SERIES IN ENGLAND.
Skipper Eoin Morgan said his side was 20-30 runs short in the lost third T20 International against India and blamed the death-overs’ batting collapse for the score, which wasn’t enough despite being steep.“We were probably 20-30 runs short. 225 or 235 would have been more of a difficult chase (on that ground). India never really got away from us, but we struggled to take wickets (during the chase),” said Morgan.
England put in to bat, amaased mammoth 198 for 9, with opener Jason Roy top scoring with 67. Jos Buttler hit 34, Alex Hales score 30, and Jonny Bairstow also made valuable 25 runs contributions.
In reply, opener Rohit Sharma amassed his third T-20 ton as Team India overhauled the target with 8 balls to spare and 7 wickets in hand. Rohit made an unbeaten 100 off just 56 balls, comprising 11 fours and 5 sixes.
He was ably supported by skipper Virat Kohli, who scored a 29-ball 43. Hardik Pandya also played an end-of-innings cameo by hitting 33 off just 14 balls.
Rohit was adjudged man of the match as well as player of the series.
During the game, MS Dhoni got his name registered in the history books becoming the first wicket-keeper to take 50 catches in T20s and also the first keeper to take 5 catches in a single T20 match.
The victory was India’s sixth consecutive T-20 series win.
India and England will now play a 3-match ODI series beginning at Nottingham on Thursday. The ODIs will be followed by 5 Test matches.