A sensational half-century from Jos Buttler helped England beat India by eight wickets in the third T20I to take a 2–1 lead in the five-match series. Chasing 157 runs at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad, the visiting team’s opener batsman Jason Roy lost cheaply. However, Butler took the matter into his own hands and made fun of the Indian bowlers. David Malan (18) and Johnny Bairstow (40) also contributed significantly, but it was Butler’s 52-ball 83-run knock that decided the fate of the encounter. The likes of Shardul Thakur and KL Rahul were described as unforgettable with the ball as they were brutally trolled on social media. India vs England Highlights 3 T20I, 2021: Beat England by 8 wickets.
Earlier in the game, England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and was elected to bowl. Mark Wood and Jofra Archer ignited the Indian top order and fired the ball with a new ball, a decision that proved to be correct. The Men in Blue were on the hind legs and seemed to have a mediocre posting overall. However, the Indian captain Virat Kohli had different views as he held another batting exhibition in Ahmedabad. He scored an unbeaten half-century and the hosts scored 156/7 in their 20 overs. Unfortunately, the total did not prove to be enough as the three lions crossed the line comfortably. In the meantime, let’s take a look at how fans reacted to India’s loss. KL Rahul set an undeclared record with Third Duck in Last Four T20Is.
Frustrated fans !!
– Arpit Singh (@ForOutArpit) March 16, 2021
Shardul Thakur has not looked good since the first match.
KL looks for Rahul, but then I can’t give him the series, at least I was
Chahal does not look like an athlete to begin with. Might be a good spinner but nothing more
Surya for KL, Axar for Chahal, DK * or even Earth
– Unattached (@deeptripathi) March 16, 2021
Bad bowling performance !!
Why is Natarajan not playing? What the management and captain are doing with Shardul Thakur.
Chalal is not very good. Leaking so many runs, fielding failure. Some players are in the team just to enjoy!
– Siddhesh Kanse (@ SiddheshKanse2) March 16, 2021
– Amogha Sharma (@Nastik_pandit) March 16, 2021
Bigger for Shardul !!
@imVkohli Namaskar Sir… Our bowlers are not doing well so please replace Shardul Thakur and Yuji Chahal… I think Natarajan is the best replacement for Shradalu Thakur… We want this series won by the hosts Go …
– Dilip Sharma (@ DileepSharma42) March 16, 2021
Rahul and Shardul Thakur need to go out
– Abhishek Jain (@mr_yzarc) March 16, 2021
To come to Mohammed Siraj !!
Chahal’s bowling is of the same type, he is not an intelligent bowler, no differentiation, a boring spinner, he should not be in the D team. Siraj should play T20 in place of Shardul Thakur
– Trust GOD (@ AmIinnocent1) March 16, 2021
Fans not happy with Rahul !!
Kling Rahul and Ishan Kishan were dismissed at the beginning of the innings.
Shikhar Dhawan pic.twitter.com/aPptkEWRIX
– Krunal Deve વે (@ KrunalD98161941) March 16, 2021
Mem In Action !!
– Hrithik Kumar (@RiK_Kr) March 16, 2021
With this win, England have taken a 2–1 lead in the five-match series and are just one win away from winning the series. The fourth and peninsular T20I takes place on Thursday (March 18), with the stakes being incredibly high. While Eoin Morgan’s men will fight to halt the deal, India will aim to take the rubber 2-2 behind.
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