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08-Jul-2018 16:45:00 GMT
Ind v Eng, 3rd T20I, Bristol

Rohit, Hardik guides India to T20 series win

Bristol: Rohit Sharma made a stunning 100 not out to help India beat England by seven wickets in the third Twenty20 at the County Ground here on Sunday and secure a 2-1 series victory.

England, batting first, could only manage 87 runs from the final 10 overs to post 198-8 in Bristol, despite Jason Roy's 67 from 31 balls.

Sharma shared an 89-run stand with Virat Kohli and accelerated in the final overs to put India in control.

He and Hardik Pandya closed out the match with eight balls to spare.

It is the highest successful run chase by any team against England in an international T20 match.

Three terrific catches from England - one from Jake Ball and two by Chris Jordan - interrupted India's chase.

Brief scores:
India 201 for 3 (Rohit 100*, Kohli 43, Pandya 33*) beat England 198 for 8 (Roy 67, Buttler 34, Pandya 4-38) by seven wickets

However, Hardik took 20 runs from Ball's bowling in the 18th over to put India ahead of the run rate and turn the match firmly in their favour.

A lofted drive from Hardik, who made 33 from 14 balls, ensured an impressive victory from India in front of a packed crowd.

Pandya returned with career best bowling figures (4/38) but England rode on their superb start to post a challenging 198/9.

Pandya bowled 11 dot balls in the middle overs and accounted for the wickets of Alex Hales (30; 24b; 3x4; 2x6), skipper Eoin Morgan (6), comeback man Ben Stokes (14) and Jonny Bairstow (25; 14b, 2x4, 2x6) to not allow England to build on their solid start.

Pandya was taken for 22 runs in his first over with England's top-scorer Jason Roy (67; 31b; 4x4, 7x6) taking him to the cleaners. But the all-rounder came roaring back to first remove Morgan and Hales in the same over and then repeating the same in the 18th over to send Stokes and Bairstow back on his fourth and sixth delivery.

Veteran M.S. Dhoni was also at his best behind the stumps, taking five catches and effecting one brilliant run out in the last ball of England's innings to get the wicket of Chris Jordan.

Openers Jos Buttler (34; 21b; 7x4) and Roy gave England a flying start with poor fielding from the visitors helping in the cause too.

In the first six overs of Powerplay, England scored 73/0 with both in-form batters smacking 10 fours and four sixes in the process.


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