India won the third T20 against England by 7 wickets at Bristol. The home team challenged India putting up the score of 198 for 9 wickets, to which, India replied with 201 for 3 wickets. The visitors played 18.4 overs in the chase winning the match sparring 8 balls. The chase was bolstered with the unbeaten score of 100 off Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s 43. Still, it was Hardik Pandya who scored 33 playing only 14 balls, pulling India to the winning mark. Earlier in the inning, the player took down 4 wickets bowling 4 overs. Siddharth Kaul shared two wickets at the best economic figure of the innings. Dileep Chahar and Umesh Yadav had a single wicket each.
England started with the sturdy partnership between openers Jason Roy and Jos Butter, who forged a partnership of 94 runs in 7.5 overs. Kaul took down Buttler in the eighth over, ending his strike at 34 runs. He played 21 balls to plunder 7 fours. On the other hand, Jason Roy kept on playing until the 10th over taking his strike to cross a half-century. Meanwhile, Alex Hales played in the cameo adding 30 runs in 24 balls. Roy plundered 7 sixes and 4 fours to adding substance into the inning.
Pandya’s attack began in the 14th over, when he took down Hales and Eion Morgan in the gap of 3 balls. In the same way he struck down Ben Stokes and Johnny Bairstow in the 18th over in a gap of single delivery. England’s middle order was exposed in the attack, after which, the rest of the bowlers did not take much time to wrap up the inning.
England set an early attack. Shikhar Dhawan nicked a catch to Jake Ball at the delivery from David Willey. Next, Lokesh Rahul was caught by Chris Jordan in the sixed over from Ball. However, this wobble was completely under control when Sharma found Virat Kohli as his partner. The players added 81 together in the most crucial partnership of the innings. Earlier, Lokesh Rahul partnered with Sharma for 41 runs. After Kohli was down away, the chase lost its momentum. As it trickled down to the 17th over, the boundary spree set by Pandya put it back on track. While Rohit Sharma scored 100 off 56 balls, Pandya scored 33 off 14.
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