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India thump England to clinch T20 series after Rohit Sharma century

10 July 2018

Earlier, India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first against England in the third and final T20I in Bristol on Sunday.

With Rohit (100no) on top form from the off, India quickly got ahead of the rate and stayed there throughout, sealing the victory with eight balls remaining.

MS Dhoni who played his 500th worldwide match is approaching two new landmarks.

Lokesh Rahul (19 off 10 balls) fell to a spectacular catch by Chris Jordan who made a huge ground from long-on and then flung himself full length to pluck the ball out of nowhere.

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. Hardik Pandya also played an end-of-innings cameo by hitting 33 off just 14 balls. We had the quality to bowl those wicket-taking deliveries.

There was consternation from certain quarters when Kuldeep was left out for debutant swing bowler Deepak Chahar. Dhoni took a simple catch. Their batsmen won't be under pressure to go for the slog straightaway.

"I'm sure he was bitterly disappointed to be left out because he wants to play every game for England and he wants to show he's a high-quality player in all forms of the game". Most of the big hitting was done down the ground because of the boundaries but when England went short, he was equal to it with his pulls.

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Jordan gave England a ray of hope when things looked dim for the hosts by picking up Kohli's wicket with a sharp catch off his own bowling. And that difference cost England the match - believes England skipper Eoin Morgan. "They have been great", he added.

And once again Roy and Buttler got the hosts off to the flawless start.

A second wicket inside powerplay and the introduction of Adil Rashid slowed India a tad going forward.

Later, Stokes holed out to Kohli at mid off and once again in the same over Bairstow, who was looking good after smacking two fours and sixes, nicked a half volley to the keeper. He needs 13 runs to complete 1,500 T20I runs. f he reaches there he will be the 3rd Indian (after Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Suresh Raina) and 18th overall to the landmark.

After the three T20Is, India are scheduled to play three ODIs and five-Test series against the hosts. The execution wasn't up to scratch. In T20 you need players who can manipulate the strike and can keep you in the entire game and that is a skill that Joe has. This was the right-hander's third century in the game's shortest format, making him just the second player to make three tons. India and England lead the series by winning one match by each team (1-1) in this series. At one point we thought they would get 225-230. The character they showed is something we are really proud of. We backed up something and the guys produced the goods for us.

India batsman Rohit Sharma: "I like to be calm, not to panic, because I know once you're there you can make up time".

India thump England to clinch T20 series after Rohit Sharma century