Hales leads England to dramatic win over India

Hales leads England to dramatic win over India

Hales leads England to dramatic win over India

Bristol is a small ground, so expect some big hits. To their credit, India did a competent job of staying alive in the match even after 19 overs despite posting only 149, but Alex Hales turned out to be the decisive factor in the end.

The victory was India's sixth consecutive T-20 series win.

India won the first T20 by eight wickets at Manchester before England leveled the series with a five-wicket win at Cardiff.

Virat's 43 came from 29 balls and had two fours and two sixes.

There was consternation from certain quarters when Kuldeep was left out for debutant swing bowler Deepak Chahar.

Rohit Sharma also became the fifth global player to amass 2000 runs in T20I cricket.

Kohli too marched into the 40s with the help of two sixes in successive overs, but an fine caught and bowled from Jordan gave England a breakthrough against the run of play.

The enigmatic all-rounder did not have much to do with the bat but was the leading wicket-taker for India in the series. Hardik Pandya and Sharma made no delay in securing the match and the series as both of them guided the Indian team to a fantastic 7-wicket victory with 8 balls to spare.

Ben Stokes was introduced in the seventh over and he made an immediate impact by conceding just two runs from that over.

"Besides, the way he bowled gave him confidence".

Hardik Pandya, who came in for Kohli, immediately found the boundaries and India needed just 29 from the last three overs to win the match. In Ireland it was all about making as many runs as possible because we were batting first. However, Willey struggled in the last T20I giving away 37 runs in his three overs. Led by Pandya's four-fer, the bowlers paved way for India to claw back into the game after a blistering start from the English openers.

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

Amid all this, MS Dhoni took five catches in the inning, the first wicket-keeper to achieve the feat.

Buttler was dropped by Siddharth Kaul when on 20 with Chahal being the unfortunate bowler. Roy completed his half-century.

The breakthrough came just as India were starting to wonder where to bowl to the opening duo. "With four fielders inside, there's always that option to take chances". Dhoni took a simple catch.

It started with Eoin Morgan's slog and Hales's caught behind in the same over, and trickled on to his final over.

At the halfway stage, England were 111/2 but Pandya then dented England's surge as Morgan top-edged a back of a length delivery which Dhoni smothered, clattering the stumps in his follow through, and Hales was caught behind.

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