The penultimate match of the series turned out to be incredibly eventful as ultimately India who managed to hold the nerves and emerged out victorious in the close encounter beating England by 8 runs and keeping the series alive. Read more - 'More than half of our team had failed': Sehwag reveals what could have triggered Kohli's fixation with fitness
As Mark Wood earlier remarked that the toss has made a bigger issue than it already is, as this series was easily getting polarized to the chasing side. Having put to bat, Rohit Sharma started with a majestic six off the first ball but soon got duped on a slower bowl off Archer to lose his wicket cheaply.Suryakumar Yadav, who was benched for last match, kicked off his account with a staggering maximum of the first ball.
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KL Rahul added quick 40 with SKY but threw his wicket following a desperate shot. Kohli steps out early only to lose his wicket successively. SKY remain unaffected and kept accelerating the scoreboard and brought his maiden T20 debut fifty off just 28 delivers. Iyer joined Pant and tbe DC paired tried to put some quick runs but archer dismissed in the 17th over. Shreyas Iyer who came at 6, showed intent from the very first ball and scored crucial 37 unbeaten off just 18 and ushered team to a massive total. Jofra Archer recorded his career best 4/33.
Bhuvneshwar dismissed the previous match stellar Jos Buttler in the very third over after getting bit expensive. Jason Roy went unhinged in the final over of Poweplay and slammed 17 off the Sundar's. Chahar soon removed the world no. #1 on his fourth ball and Hardik surprised Roy with a bouncer and put England into backfoot in a span of two overs. Johhny Bairstow who played unbeaten 40 in the previous match looked good but eventually lost his wicket to the debutant Rahul Chahar.
Meanwhile, Stokes played some fantastic shots to take team close to a total but Thakur denied him of his fifty. Thakur deceived England's skipper Morgan on the following delivery and triggered a mini collaspe conceding only 7 runs.
The Decider between India and England will be played on Saturday 20 March in Ahmedabad. SuryaKumar Yadav was awarded Man of the Match for his sterling 57.
Here are the best Twitter reactions:
It's that man again… B?e?n? ?S?t?o?k?e?s? Lord Shardul
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) March 18, 2021
SKY is the Limit. SKY is limitless.
That’s it…that’s the tweet ???????? #IndvEng
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 18, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 18, 2021
— DK (@DineshKarthik) March 18, 2021
Been there. Done that.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 18, 2021
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 18, 2021