To Series Defeat
Featured News | 2nd February 2017
England lost eight wickets for eight runs to lose the third and deciding T20I in Bangalore, as India secured a 75-run victory.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal grabbed 6-25 including Morgan and Root in consecutive balls as England collapsed from 119-2 to 127 all out in pursuit of 203 to win.
England started the match on the front foot as a mix-up between KL Rahul and captain, Virat Kohli led to the latter being dismissed via run out for two after some acrobatic fielding from Chris Jordan.
With England applying the pressure, Rahul and Suresh Raina counter-attacked, bringing up a 50-run partnership off 31 balls. Raina became the aggressor as he dispatched Tymal Mills over cover point for six before Rahul hit back-to-back boundaries off Plunkett to kick-start the Indian innings.
The opener also smashed Moeen Ali back over his head for a 98-metre six. However, the breakthrough came in the eighth over when Rahul was bowled attempting to hit Stokes across the line.
Raina, meanwhile, was dropped by Rashid in a caught and bowled attempt, which led to 21 runs coming off the rest of that over; Raina’s half-century arriving off 39 balls including two fours and four sixes.
Liam Plunkett finally dislodged Raina in the 14th over as he miscued up in the air for Morgan to pouch at extra-cover. It left India 120/3 with six and a half overs to go.
India continued their onslaught as Dhoni found the boundary at regular intervals to bring up his first T20I fifty in his 66th innings.
Yuvraj (27) then opened the floodgates with a brutal cameo, one that at one stage featured two sixes and two fours off one Jordan over, before eventually falling to a well disguised slower ball from Mills.
There was still drama left in the Indian innings as Hardik Pandya was dropped on the boundary by Jason Roy, with the ball carrying for six.
Pandya then fell to the final ball of the innings, run out as he scrambled back for a second run, leaving India 202/6 off their 20 overs., with 70 having been scored from the final 30 deliveries.
England’s reply got off to a sedated start with just a leg-bye off the first over before Roy reverse-swatted Chahal into the crowd to jump-start the innings.
The leg-spinner hit back by dismissing Sam Billings for a golden duck after an inside-edge lobbed upwards off his pad and was taken by Raina.
Joe Root looked to be taking matters into his own hands by hitting Ashish Nehra for three boundaries in an over, only for Amit Mishra to break the partnership as Roy’s slog-sweep ballooned up into the air, providing Dhoni with a simple catch.
Morgan then combined with Root for a 64-run stand with Morgan (40), including taking 22 off Raina’s solitary over.
The dismissal of Morgan by Chalal began an implosion in the England line-up. Root went LBW next ball for 42 and a procession of wickets ensued.
Chahal completed the best ever T20 figures for India (6-25) and Bumrah snared 3-14 as Buttler Buttler (0), Stokes (6), Ali (2), Plunkett (0), Jordan (0) and Mills (0) were blown away in a combined 19 deliveries.
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