Friday, 22 February, 2019

India opt to bowl against England in the third T20 worldwide

England batsmen faced deliveries from Merlyn- the spin bowling machine- to tackle Kuldeep and Chahal better England batsmen faced deliveries from Merlyn- the spin bowling machine- to tackle Kuldeep and Chahal better
Kristopher Love | 09 July, 2018, 12:10

Rohit Sharma's superb unbeaten century led India to a seven-wicket win over England in a run-filled third and final Twenty20 worldwide on Sunday to earn the touring side a 2-1 victory in the series. Virat Kohli (captain) asked me and I told him I was okay - if you come and take wickets on this type of wicket and ground it will stop the runs.

The England total was mainly built on their opening partnership of 94 in eight overs, between Jason Roy and Jos Buttler. Roy, on the other hand, reached his third T20I half-century off only 23 balls, inclusive of four fours and five sixes.

Kohli was sent back to pavillion by Chris Jordan at the score of 43 but the Indian captain, along with Sharma, had already done the damage to England. Hardik Pandya finished with the figures of 4-38 while Siddharth Kaul picked up 2 wickets. Pandya's 14-ball 33 helped India close the game in double quick time and thus they won their first T20I series on English soil. While his spin twin Yuzuvendra Chahal has claimed just one wicket in the two matches he has played so far in the series.

India made two changes and brought pacers Deepak Chahar and Siddarth Kaul in the XI for Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav. Pacer Deepak Chahar, who was handed his first worldwide T20I cap, went for plenty of runs but was instrumental in claiming Roy's wicket.

"Teams like Pakistan, India, they have a big following and we're used to it".

"I feel India will wrap up the match before the 19th over". Pandya had a formality to do and he did well with a six to take India to victory, that too, in style.

- Mahendra Singh Dhoni becomes the first player to take five catches in a T20I.

"Talking about the run chase, Kohli said, "(Hardik) Pandya is a really good all-round cricketer.

India touched the 100-run mark in the 10th over. Instead, the first match was decided by Kuldeep, and the second by some excellent bowling and fielding from England. He has played a lot of T20 for us and he is a very experienced campaigner. I don't like to look at hindsight and say we could have added another bowler.

"We are just enjoying the game rather than thinking about what has got to happen".

"Once we saw off the new ball, we always knew the wicket was a good one with short boundaries. I think we competed quite well but England were the better side, that's why they came through today (Friday)", Kohli said after the defeat in Cardiff. Rahul, who opened his account with a copybook straight drive, took over for a brief moment in the game as he lofted Liam Plunkett and pulled Jake Ball into the stands in the space of three deliveries.