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England fell short with bat in India defeat, admits Morgan

By David Clough

Eoin Morgan admits England failed to post a competitive total as India wrapped up the Vitality IT20 series with a seven-wicket win in Bristol.

The hosts' 198 for nine was their third-highest Twenty20 international total on home soil.

But on an excellent but small pitch, it proved inadequate as Rohit Sharma's unbeaten hundred eased India to a 2-1 series success after a third-wicket stand of 89 with captain Virat Kohli.

Jason Roy (67) and Jos Buttler appeared to have put England on course to easily top 200 - but after their opening partnership of 94 in under eight overs, momentum was lost.

A manic conclusion to the innings saw five wickets fall in 15 balls, albeit for 21 runs, as Hardik Pandya finished with a career-best four for 38.

Morgan said: "Those 20 or 30 runs we missed out on, in the back-end of our innings, cost us.

"On a good wicket, small ground, we should be better than that."

The tourists were therefore always favourites in the chase, and completed it with eight balls to spare.

"India never really got away from us, but we struggled to take wickets," added Morgan.

"They kept up with the rate, and then it was a position in the 16th or 17th over they could take the game away from us - which is disappointing."

The Irishman does not believe England have to play perfectly to beat India in white-ball cricket - just very, very well.

"I'd say close to," he said. "I don't think we have to play a completely perfect game every time (to beat them) - we proved that at Cardiff. But certainly today they had their day.

"India were probably on top of their game today, and we weren't - and we were just short."

Morgan and acting coach Paul Farbrace had a difficult call to make before a ball was bowled, to accommodate the return of fit-again all-rounder Ben Stokes - and in the end it was Test ­captain Joe Root who was dropped.

Asked if the conversation with Root is among the toughest he has had as captain, Morgan said: "Yes. Dropping Joe is not an easy decision."

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