England beat India by 8 wickets, go 2-1 up in the series. England bowlers performed exceptionally well in the first 10 overs. This kept India behind the contest for the entire game. Mark Wood especially bowled a brilliant first 3 overs. But even he was taken apart in his last over by skipper Virat Kohli. His brave knock of 77 off just 46 balls went in vain.
India 156-6(20 overs). V Kohli 77*(46), R Pant 25(20), M Wood 3/31, C Jordan 2/35.
England 158-2(18.2 overs). J Buttler 83(52), J Bairstow 40(28), W Sundar 1/26, Y Chahal 1/41.
Result: England beat India by 8 wickets, with 10 balls to spare.
Man of the Match: Jos Buttler
England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field first. This was again an obvious choice as we have seen that only chasing teams have won in this series. England made one change, that of bringing back Mark Wood in place of Tom Curran. This paid rich dividends as Wood produced a match-winning performance. India on the other hand brought back Rohit Sharma by replacing him with Suryakumar Yadav.
Mark Wood takes 3 wickets, gives away 31 runs in his 4 overs.
England bowlers bossed the game in the first few overs. KL Rahul’s poor form continues as he was again dismissed for a duck. Rohit Sharma was also undone by Mark Wood. Last match’s Man of the Match Ishan Kishan was also dismissed cheaply in this game. India’s powerplay score read a paltry 24. They had also lost 3 important wickets.
Virat Kohli scores second successive fifty, remains not out at 77.
Virat Kohli continued just from where he left the last match. He produced a masterclass of an innings. His knock of 77 included some amazing shots and brilliant running between the wickets. He helped India score 101 runs off the last 10 overs with the help of Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya.
Jos Buttler makes his highest T20 International score, remains not out at 83.
England were absolutely brilliant in the run-chase. They hardly gave India any moments in the second innings. Even though Jason Roy was dismissed early, Buttler played his natural game. He especially attacked Yuzvendra Chahal, hitting him for 2 sixes in his first over itself. He was ably helped by Jonny Bairstow who also scored a 40* and helped his team reach the target safely.
Jos Buttler was awarded Man of the Match for his superb innings of 83 off just 52 balls.He hit 5 fours and 4 sixes in his knock. He was also undismissed in the chase.