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Rohit ton, Pandya career-best give India T20I honours

Rohit ton, Pandya career-best give India T20I honours

With Rohit (100no) on top form from the off, India quickly got ahead of the rate and stayed there throughout, sealing the victory with eight balls remaining.

At the halfway mark, India had fallen 11 runs behind what England had at the same time.

However, there was no stopping Rohit as India raced to 56/1 inside five overs but a brilliant catch by Chris Jordan, running from long-on and diving full length, brought an end to K.L. Rahul's (19; 10b; 1x4, 2x6) innings off a Ball delivery.

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya credited Rohit Sharma for the team's comprehensive win in the series-clinching third and final T20 worldwide against England, saying it was a special innings from the elegant batsman after two ordinary outings. Pandya's 33 off 14 took off any pressure that might have been on his Mumbai Indians' team-mate as India chased the target down with more than an over to spare.

Indian players celebrate after winning the T20I series against England. He finished with 54 catches as England were restricted to 198/9 by a resurgent India. The chinaman spinner had taken a career-best 5 for 24, including three in an over, to derail England's innings.

"With the shortest boundaries on the straight, I kind of mixed things". Dhoni took a simple catch. Their batsmen won't be under pressure to go for the slog straightaway. I've made sure that I keep on learning from my mistakes.




England bowlers did find wickets, but overall, it looked a one-sided show with Indian batting too strong for the hosts to handle.

Earlier, it was Pandya who hauled the visitors back into the game after openers Jos Buttler (34; 21b; 7x4) and Roy gave England a flying start.

The Surrey opener was striking the ball beautifully down the ground and reached his half-century from 23 balls, only to fall in a rather tame manner, caught behind - one of five catches for MS Dhoni - trying to run a slower ball from debutant Deepak Chahar (1-43) down to third man.

Credit has to be given to India's bowlers, who recovered well from a chastening start. He contributed just 32 runs with the bat and picked up 6 wickets with the ball at an economy of 8.25.

Dhoni, who took became the first player to take five catches in a T20 worldwide, removed his glove before the final ball of the innings, making it easier for him to run out Jordan as he tried to pinch a bye.

Nepal will debut in ODIs when they play two matches against the Netherlands on August 1 and 3 while the Netherlands will be turning out in ODIs for the first time since losing ODI status in 2014 at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand. Capitalising on starts like is something we have to learn from.


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