Sharma hits 100 as India edge England in T20 finale

Lynette Rowe
July 13, 2018

Opener Rohit Sharma's brilliant unbeaten century guided India to victory over England in the T20 worldwide series at Bristol on Sunday. The 24-year-old returned career-best figures of 4/38.

Deepak Chahar's first over in global T20 cricket, and the first of the innings, cost 13 runs with Buttler accounting for 12 of them and within four overs England were 43-0. Chasing a decent target of 199 on a small ground, India made a bright start with 21 runs on board after the second over but opener Shikhar Dhawan (5) got out immediately as Jake Ball made a fine diving catch at short fine leg. In the chase, he came ahead of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina to score 33 runs from just 14 balls to provide support to Rohit in the second innings.

But Rohit remained till the end to ensure, India end up on the winning side.

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Kohli and company would do well if they take a leaf out of the history book and use wrist spin as an attacking option to win the series in England.

"We have a fantastic supporting staff and leaders who give us enormous confidence to go and express ourselves".

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Hardik Pandya, who shone with the ball earlier with a four-wicket haul, also made a significant contribution with the bat.

"Certainly conditions out there surprised me quite a bit - the bounce was a lot more than we thought it was going to be", said Morgan, after leading his team to a five-wicket win to square the series 1-1. Dhoni became the first glovesman to take five catches in a T20I, while also becoming the first man behind the stumps to pocket 50 catches in this format.

Hales held his nerve, and unleashed the power when 12 runs were still needed from the final over, hitting the first ball for six into Cardiff's River Taff off Bhuvneshwar Kumar as England got home narrowly. Alex [Hales] always makes it hard, particularly in T20 cricket.

In the next ball, Roy brought up his fifty in style, slapping Chahal for a six over long-on. The pair shared a first-wicket partnership of 94 in the series decider until Buttler was bowled by Siddarth Kaul (2-35) at the end of the eighth over.

On the other hand, England will feel that they should have posted more than 198-9 from their 20 overs given the great start that Jason Roy gave them by scoring 67 in quick time.

Lokesh Rahul (19) was brilliantly caught by Chris Jordan running back from mid-on and the all-rounder took another outstanding catch to dismiss India captain Virat Kohli off his own bowling for 43. "If you come and bowl the right lengths, and take wickets on this kind of pitch, eventually you will stop runs", Pandya said. Even before his dismissal he had struggled for momentum, striking at less than a run-a-ball against some tight England pace bowling.

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