Sharma scores hundred as India edge England in T20 finale

England bowler Chris Jordan

Rohit Sharma's elegant unbeaten century made it a walk in the park for India as they cruised to a seven-wicket victory against England to clinch the three-match T20 global series 2-1 here on Sunday. But, he was his natural self at the County Ground, content to play at his own pace, Rohit blinded everyone with his strokeplay. Pandya hit 33 not out off just 14 balls as India reached to 201 for 3 in 18.4 overs.

India celebrate the series win after the 3rd IT20 Series cricket match between England and India, at the Brightside Ground, in Bristol, England, Sunday July 8, 2018. Rohit Sharma needed to play a big knock and he delivered on the most important day of the series.

Talking about the run chase, Kohli said: "Pandya is a really good all-round cricketer". India won by 7 wickets.

"He (Ben Stokes) comes into the squad for the next game and he is a fantastic player and it will be a hard decision to make". Hardik Pandya scored a 14-ball 33* to finish off the game with Rohit scoring an unbeaten hundred. Virat Kohli asked me and I told him I was okay - if you come and take wickets on this type of wicket and ground it will stop the runs. The English batters began quite brilliantly with Jason Roy smashing the Indian bowlers all around the mark. By the time Kohli was dismissed, India required 43 runs in the last five overs. 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. Then he hit the winning runs, a six off Jordan to clinch the series.

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Deepak Chahar's first over in global T20 Cricket, and the first of the innings, cost 13 runs with Buttler accounting for 12 of them and within four overs England were 43-0.

Apart from skipper Kohli (47), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (32 not out) no other Indian batsmen clicked and went cheaply.

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

England batted first and threatened to post a huge score before stuttering at the end and finishing on 198-9 after their 20 overs. A single brought Roy on strike who brought up his half-century with a six, taking only 23 balls to get there and becoming the second-quickest Englishman to do so. He went off for some treatment but Morgan did India a favour with another skier off the very next ball. Dhoni became the first glovesman to take five catches in a T20I, while also becoming the first man behind the stumps to pocket 50 catches in this format. Yadav has managed to pick four wickets in two outings in the series so far but has leaked runs.

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