February 18, 2019

India can build on T20 success, Pandya says

10 July 2018, 05:28 | Anna Jefferson

England level T20 series with India after belting 12 from final over

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The first match of the ODI series will be played on July 12 at Trent Bridge.

Stokes failed to make an impression on his return to the England team. 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 was adjudged man of the match as well as player of the series.

England lost the T20 decider in Bristol by seven wickets as India chased down 199 easily.

The England Test captain was dropped for the first time in any format in four years when Ben Stokes returned for the final Twenty20 worldwide against India in Bristol and finds himself at a short-form crossroads. Despite Root's recent struggles, Farbrace is confident the versatile batsman still has a major role to play in England's red and white-ball squads.

Here is how the Indian media and ex-cricketers lavished praise for Rohit Sharma.

India touched the 100-run mark in the 10th over.

Rohit accomplished his century in 56 balls to become the second batsman after Colin Munro to notch as many as three tons in the shortest format. We had the quality to bowl those wicket-taking deliveries.

Put in to bat, England posted a mammoth 198 for 9, with opener Jason Roy top scoring with 67.

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.

Some poor bowling from Indian pacers, who either sprayed the ball or bowled too short, helped England in making a bright start. Rohit showed why by dismantling the England bowling with 11 fours and five sixes. Roy, on the other hand, reached his third T20I half-century off only 23 balls, inclusive of four fours and five sixes.

But India's strength in depth meant the runs just kept coming. When Buttler was eventually dismissed by Siddarth Kaul, England were closing in on a century, inside eight overs.

In the 14th over, Chahal missed a chance to dismiss Eoin Morgan (then on 4), failing to latch onto a high catch at cover only to end up banging his head on the ground.

'Take a bow!' - Chris Jordan takes incredible diving catch The ideal run-chase?

Another tight over from Adil Rashid (0-32) briefly turned that hope to belief before Pandya and Rohit took 15 from the next from Jake Ball to put India firmly back in the ascendancy.

It started with Eoin Morgan's slog and Hales's caught behind in the same over, and trickled on to his final over.

That was just the flawless platform for a middle-order that boasted of Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow.

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