England face Ben Stokes decision ahead of T20I decider

England face Ben Stokes decision ahead of T20I decider

Although England managed a score of 198 at the expense of 9 wickets in 20 overs, the first innings was all about Hardik Pandya and former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The pair kept India ahead of the rate through the middle overs, punctuating every over with at least one boundary and rotating the strike comfortably in between.

The England-India ODI series pits two of the best teams in this format against each other.

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.

Sachin also seemed to be in a playful mood as we saw him tout Hardik Pandya as Kung-fu Pandya and Umesh Yadav as Ninja. Rohit Sharma was the star of the match as he scored a brilliant century, helping his team in clinching the match and the series. And, crucially, a bowling attack with a little more bite to render any chase a more risk-filled business.

The bowlers had their moments, certainly. He finished with 54 catches as England were restricted to 198/9 by a resurgent India.

Some terrific displays of athleticism in the field, such as Jordan's stunning run and catch to dismiss KL Rahul, momentarily tipped things back in the favour of the fielding side too. The pitch looked green, and the straight boundaries were short. It took three outstanding catches to claim the India wickets.

Needing a fraction under 10 per over, India suffered an early setback as Shikhar Dhawan (5) flicked the ball towards short fine leg where Jake Ball took a superb catch off David Willey (1-37). His 4/38 against England in the final game at Bristol helped India restrict host below 200 runs.

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Similarly, South Africa will have to win by a margin of 5-0 against Sri Lanka to make sure that they do not get demoted in the rankings.

Well, the County Ground, Bristol has become harsh to its' native performers today. Hardik Pandya played along with Rohit and eased the burden.

A dab to backward point brought Rohit his third T20 century, before Pandya hammered a Jordan delivery back over his head to close out the win in emphatic style.

England also started badly and lost Jason Roy (15), the in-form Jos Buttler (14) and Joe Root (nine) as they struggled to 44 for three. In a knock that didn't even last half of England's innings, Roy equalled the England record for most sixes: seven. Since then, India have played 27 ODIs (home and away) and at least one wrist spinner has featured in all these games.

Dhoni got to the 50-mark when he snaffled the risky Jason Roy caught behind off debutant Deepak Chahar's bowling.

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.

The Mumbai batsman had missed a chance to score a hundred when India took on Ireland in June this year after he was dismissed for 97 in the first of the two-match T20 series. The execution wasn't up to scratch.

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