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England vs India 2018: 5 reasons why England lost the third T20I

Alex Hales in full flow Alex Hales in full flow
Kristopher Love | 10 July, 2018, 17:28

Both teams now head to Trent Bridge for the first one-day global of a five-match series between the two sides which begins on Thursday.

Rohit Sharma hit a blistering 56-ball century as India claimed a seven-wicket win over England to take the Twenty20 global series 2-1. This was the right-hander's third century in the game's shortest format, making him just the second player to make three tons.

England had posted 198-9 after being put in to bat, Jason Roy top-scoring with 67 from 31 balls but the Indian bowlers, led by Hardik Pandya (4-38), hit back to keep the tourists well in contention on a small ground at Bristol. The 24-year-old returned career-best figures of 4/38.

In reply, riding on Rohit's brilliance, India made 201/3 in 18.4 overs.

Joe Root's exclusion from the Twenty20 series decider against India on Sunday will fuel the England test captain's desire to improve going into this week's opening one-day global between the sides, interim head coach Paul Farbrace has said.

India rarely looked troubled in their run-chase, despite losing Shikhar Dhawan early to a superb, low catch from Ball at short fine leg. You can watch video highlights of IND vs ENG here. Rahul fell as Jordan took a brilliant catch in the deep. With the series evenly poised after England winning the last game by 5 wickets all eyes will be set on today's match.

MS Dhoni took the fifth catch of the match, the first wicket-keeper to achieve the feat. Hardik Pandya and Sharma made no delay in securing the match and the series as both of them guided the Indian team to a fantastic 7-wicket victory with 8 balls to spare.

Rohit, in the next over, completed his hundred by dabbing the ball towards backward point while Pandya hit Jordan for a six to guide India over the line.

Even though the likes of Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow had done well at the top for England, the decision to try out Jason Roy and Jos Buttler as openers signalled just one thing. But Hardik Pandya ran through the middle-order and finished with four wickets as England eventually stuttered and stumbled their way to 198/9 in 20 overs. IND vs ENG 3rd T20I Highlights.

England captain Eoin Morgan said his side was 20-30 runs short and blamed the death-overs' batting collapse for the score, which wasn't enough despite being steep.

Farbrace, England's assistant coach, also believes the hard-nosed manner in which Root was axed by limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan will help the Yorkshireman develop a more ruthless streak when it comes to his captaincy of the Test team.

Rohit Sharma also became the fifth global player to amass 2000 runs in T20I cricket.

For India, Siddarth Kaul came back into the mix in place of injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while Deepak Chahar was handed his global debut at the expense of Kuldeep Yadav who was dropped. The venue of the match is at County Ground, Bristol.

"But he'll be spurred on by that and he'll do all he can to make sure he's ready come Thursday".

Kaul finally ended the carnage by rattling the stumps as Buttler tried to swipe across the line.

Siddharth Kaul NA Playing his first game in English conditions, the right arm pacer picked up 2 wickets and conceded 35 runs.

Pandya, who had come back with a two-run second over, showed he had learned from his mistake early on.