The two sides came into the decider with one win apiece under the belts and served up another enthralling contest between bat and ball to delight a packed house at Bristol. The hosts posted an imposing total of 198-9 after being made to bat first but India ultimately managed to overhaul it with eight balls to spare.
In a match littered with explosive batting, we take a look at the talking points.
JASON ROY GIVES ENGLAND THE PERFECT START
While there was some early swing on offer at Bristol for the Indian bowlers, it wasn’t enough to deter England’s openers Jason Roy and Jos Buttler. With the shorter boundaries at the ground, Roy and Buttler feasted on India’s pace bowling as the hosts brought up the fifty stand in just 27 balls.
Roy started slowly but quickly found his groove with the help of some big sixes. The right-hander was on course to registering England’s fastest T20I half-century before getting to the mark in 23 balls with the help of four sixes. He slammed three more after reaching the landmark as England piled on 73 runs in the powerplay, their second highest ever in the format.
Roy became debutant pacer Deepak Chahar’s maiden international dismissal but not before his 31-ball 67 had pulverized India’s bowling attack and put England in control.
HARDIK PANDYA HELPS INDIA PULL THINGS BACK
After the roaring start provided by Roy and Buttler, a 200-run plus total seemed a formality for England. However, India’s bowlers fought back in the final overs with Hardik Pandya leading the way.
The all-rounder was hit for 22 runs in his first over by Roy but he showed good composure to bounce back in his next three. After conceding just two runs in his second over, Pandya struck twice in his third as he sent back Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales with clever variations.
Pandya struck twice again in his final over as he removed the dangerous Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow to give India something to smile about. His final three overs went for just 16 runs as he finished with figures of 4-38 from his four overs.
Pandya then showed his all-round abilities as he sealed India’s victory with a big six in an entertaining cameo off 33 runs which came off just 14 deliveries.
ROHIT SHARMA SLAMS THIRD T20I TON
A chase of 199 was always going to be a daunting one for India and Shikhar Dhawan’s third cheap dismissal of the series did not help their case. Luckily for the visitors, Rohit Sharma was on song as he showed why is considered to be one of the most devastating opening batsman in white-ball cricket.
In the course of his sublime innings, Rohit went past the 2,000-run mark in T20Is, becoming only the second Indian after Virat Kohli to do so. He found able support in the form of the skipper after KL Rahul’s dismissal to a spectacular catch by Chris Jordan.
Rohit played the same role for India which Roy played for England as he tonked the bowlers to all parts of the ground. He brought up his half-century off just 28 balls but unlike Roy, Rohit went on to play the big innings and brought up his third T20I ton off just 56 balls to take India over the finish line with eight balls to spare in the end.
Rohit’s unbeaten knock of 100 included 11 boundaries and five sixes and he is now only the second batsman after Colin Munro to have registered three T201 tons.
It was a difficult debut for India seamer Deepak Chahar as he was drafted into the team after seasoned quick Bhuvneshwar Kumar was ruled out due to a stiff back.
India bowled first against England in the T20 series decider in Bristol and Chahar – who was expected to swing the new ball – came under some serious fire as the hosts amassed 198-9 on Sunday.
The absence of senior T20 pacers Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah gave Virat Kohli hardly any cushion as Chahar went for 43 runs from his four overs and picked up one wicket.
Here’s an analysis of Chahar’s debut performance.
RUNS CONCEDED: 43
It was a nervous debut for the talented seamer. He cranked the pace up to almost 90mph but Jos Buttler smashed him over his head as his first over went for 13 runs. Thereafter, his length and pace fell away as he was hit for four fours and three sixes. The wicket of Jason Roy was a deserved one as he deceived the marauding batsmen with a slower bouncer.
The man who was rejected as a 15-year old by Greg Chappell for “height” makes his India debut. What a summer it has been for Deepak Chahar.— Shashank Kishore (@captainshanky) July 8, 2018
The pace was good and Chahar also got some appreciable late swing. He has the ability to bowl good yorkers but a rampant England batting line-up simply didn’t allow him to settle. Showed enough promise to be considered for longer formats.
Lost control of his length and looked under pressure after the first over. Instead of ramping it up, went into his shell trying to stem the flow of runs. Conceded a no-ball after bowling two bouncers in the 10th over of the innings – the same over he picked up the wicket – and the resulting free-hit was hit for an effortless six by Alex Hales.
The Bristol wicket was flat but Chahar didn’t bowl with enough bite to force the England batsmen to manufacture shots. The more opportunities he gets, the easier it should get for Chahar as he does have the ability to bowl well in English conditions. A forgettable day with the ball but enough promise that should keep the management interested.
England openers Jason Roy and Jos Buttler gave their side a roaring start as they put on 94 runs inside eight overs after being put into bat first by India.
India’s bowlers, especially Hardik Pandya, fought back in the second half of England’s innings to restrict the hosts to 198-9.
Among the nine wickets to fall, Dhoni was involved in six. The Ranchi-born man claimed five catches and affected a run-out. In the process, he became the first wicketkeeper to claim 50 catches in T20I cricket as well as the first to claim five catches in a single innings.
Today MS Dhoni became— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) July 8, 2018
First keeper to take 50 T20I catches...
First keeper to take 150 T20 catches...
First keeper to take 5 Catches in T20I innings...
It has been a record-breaking T20 series as far as Dhoni is concerned. In the first match at Manchester, Dhoni went past Kamran Akmal’s tally (32) with his 33rd stumping, which is the most by a wicketkeeper in T20Is.
In the second game at Cardiff, the veteran made his 500th international appearance for India, making him only the third in the country’s history to do so after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.