Ahmedabad, March 20: After a blistering half-century from captain Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the Indian bowlers stopped England at 188/8 to record a 36-run victory in the fifth T20I at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Saturday.
With this win, India won the five-match series 3–2 and now the two teams will face each other in a three-match ODI series. Chasing a mammoth target of 225 runs, England had a poor start as their opener Jason Roy (0) was sent off by pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the very first over of the innings.
David Malan joined up with Jose Butler in the middle and the duo started attacking the Indian bowlers and kept the scoreboard connected with a healthy run-rate. Malan and Butler scored around the park and hit fours at regular intervals. IND vs ENG 5th T20I 2021 State Highlights: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Shine as India Register 6th consecutive T20I Series Victory.
Both guided the three-point figure in the 10th over. England’s score was 104/1 after completing ten overs. Meanwhile, Malan completed his half-century off 33 balls in the 11th over. Butler also completed his fifty off 30 balls in the next over.
When things were beyond India’s reach, Bhubaneswar brought the hosts back into the game and dismissed Butler (52) in the 13th over. Butler had four sixes and two fours in his knock. Butler and Malan shared a 130-run partnership for the second wicket.
Johnny Bairstow came in to bat at number four, but his series did not last long and Shardul Thakur took two wickets in his 16th over to take India to the top. Thakur dismissed Bairstow (7) and then captain Eoin Morgan (1) in the same over.
New batsmen Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan reached the crease to save the team. England were at 144/5 in 16 overs. The team needed 81 runs in the last four overs.
In search of fast runs, Stokes fell victim to T Natarajan and was dismissed for 14 runs. Joffra Archer (1) also returned cheaply on the last ball of the over. He fell slightly below his crease and was run out.
In the end, England were able to score 188/8 runs in their allotted 20 overs. Sam Curren remained unbeaten on 14 runs off three balls. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled very economically and put pressure on the English batsman. He returned with figures of 2–16 in his four overs.
Shardul Thakur took three wickets while Hardik Pandya and T Natarajan took one wicket each. First captain Kohli hit an innings of 80 runs, while Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav scored 64 and 32 runs respectively as the hosts scored 224/2 in the prescribed twenty overs. India beat England by 36 runs in the 5th T20I, winning the series 3–2.
However, in the end, the blow came from Hardik Pandya, when Chahal hit the all-rounder for 39 off 17 balls. Getting off to bat first, India made their best debut in the series, as openers Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli scored 60 runs in the first six overs. Both batsmen hit boundaries and the hosts were looking for a big score. Rohit continued his carriage and, as a result, scored his half-century in the eighth over of the innings.
In an effort to speed up the innings, Rohit (64) took an inside lead and the ball went to the stumps and as a result, he was dismissed by Ben Stokes. At number three, Suryakumar Yadav came to bat and made his intentions right from the start, with Adil Rashid bowling his second and third deliveries for maximum bowling.
Suryakumar Yadav (32) was in complete destruction mode, but Chris Jordan tried for ages on the boundary rope as he helped the right-hander send the pavilion back. In the final four overs, Pandya and Kohli became fearless and the hosts finished with a total score of over 220 runs.
Brief Score: India 224/2 (Virat Kohli 80 *, Rohit Sharma 64, Ben Stokes 1-26); England 188/8 (David Malan 68, Jos Buttler 52; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2-16, Shardul Thakur 3-3).
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