Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Cricket

Story of the match as India seal IT20 series win over England

England faltered with the bat after a promising start as India won the Vitality IT20 series in Bristol

England suffered a late batting collapse (Mark Kerton/PA)
England suffered a late batting collapse (Mark Kerton/PA)
Rohit Sharma dispatched England’s bowlers to all parts (Mark Kerton/PA)

England came up short in their Bristol decider as Rohit Sharma’s world record-equalling third Twenty20 international century eased India to a series-sealing seven-wicket victory.

Jason Roy’s 67 threatened to put England’s stamp on this sun-drenched Vitality IT20 occasion as a vivid green pitch belied its bizarre appearance to serve up another run-fest .

But the hosts failed to capitalise on the start provided by Roy and Jos Buttler’s opening stand of 94, as Hardik Pandya took a career-best four for 38, and then Rohit (100 not out) and Virat Kohli did the rest to pass a target of 198 for nine.

Thrills and spills

England suffered a late batting collapse (Mark Kerton/PA)

What Twenty20 is all about, of course. But this match appeared to have more than most, especially during an eventful England innings which began with an opening stand of 94 in under eight overs and ended with five wickets falling for 21 runs from only 15 balls. Rohit then simply hit the ball to all parts throughout.

Tweet of the day

Stat of the day

MS Dhoni (left) rolled back the years with a fine display behind the stumps (Martin Rickett/PA)

Five – MS Dhoni’s five catches in England’s innings was a new Twenty20 international record – and the veteran wicketkeeper added a run-out from the last ball for good measure. One day after his 37th birthday, he is still going strong.

Worth the admission

Chris Jordan’s catch to dismiss KL Rahul was an astounding effort. After Jake Ball’s change of pace brought a marginal mis-hit, the ball soared high, wide and far beyond Jordan at mid-on. He saw barely the glimmer of a chance, though – and with his eye on the ball many feet above him throughout – sprinted 40 yards, then dived the last five or so to cling on two-handed when his elbows hit the ground.

What’s up next?

Over to the one-day international format, with the first of three matches at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

Press Association


From Belfast Telegraph