India thump England to clinch T20 series after Rohit Sharma century

Alex Hales

Alex Hales hit three sixes and four fours in his 41-ball stay

Just then, though, Pandya hit the first two balls of the 17th over for fours, and India were back on track.

Eoin Morgan admitted that he would have chased had he won the toss but despite a healthy covering of grass, it soon became clear that there were plenty of runs to be had on this pitch as England made a blistering start. Rahul pounced on Ball, striking him for a straight six, but when he tried to repeat the shot, Jordan sprinted to his right at long-on to take a diving catch that left the batsman shaking his head. He took at least one wickets in the nine consecutive ODIs before these three matches.

Rohit was adjudged man of the match as well as player of the series.

Chahar then got his first worldwide scalp with a slower delivery that the risky Roy flicked to Dhoni behind the stumps.

England will feel they missed their opportunity with the bat after Roy and Jos Buttler got off to a blistering start by adding 94 inside eight overs. The home team did everything that could be done to win the series but fortune favored the courageous - this time the bravest was the synonym of Rohit Sharma - the Indian opener congregated his third hundred in T20Is, becomes the second batsman to do so, to throttle his team stop only in the port of victory. In a knock that didn't even last half of England's innings, Roy equalled the England record for most sixes: seven.

However, India slowly brought themselves back into the match.

Some poor bowling from Indian pacers, who either sprayed the ball or bowled too short, helped England in making a bright start.

Pandya bowled poorly in his first spell, against the field set by his captain as he was taken for two fours and two sixes, but returned later to impact the English middle order. 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. The execution wasn't up to scratch.

Expected Crowd Turnout: Be it 481 against Australia or 444 against Pakistan, Trent Bridge has largely been a happy hunting ground for England. "India played better than us". "And I don't think we've found it yet". If they can beat India in these conditions, they really can be considered favourites for the World Cup. He hit good lengths and we didn't hit it. We had to make the batsmen feel like they would make mistakes. We applied pressure and pulled the game back.

The second highest run-getter in the series behind Rohit Sharma.

"I was just chopping and changing trying to find a wicket, trying to be as unpredictable as we could but it didn't work".

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