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England drop Joe Root but still lose series to India

10 July 2018

Rohit Sharma made a stunning 100 not out to help India beat England by seven wickets in the third Twenty20 and secure a 2-1 series victory. After 15 overs, India were 152/3. When the India captain got out for 43 off 29 balls, India were left to need 48 off 31 balls.

Jordan gave England a ray of hope when things looked dim for the hosts by picking up Kohli's wicket with a sharp catch off his own bowling.

Jordan held a fierce return catch from Kohli to keep the outcome in fleeting doubt, but Rohit was not about to fall at the final hurdle - and Pandya was no slouch either as Ball and Willey in particular took their punishment.

Kohli was left in disbelief when he drove a delivery straight back to Jordan, who took a catch at waist height, but Pandya picked up where the captain had left off.

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The 24-year-old had a nightmare start to his afternoon when he conceded 22 from his first over before bouncing back with a match-winning performance.

England had reached 73 off no loss at the powerplay point, Rohit (39 off 20 balls) ensured India were not far behind, being 70 for two after six overs. Pandya slammed 33 off 14 after booking career best figure of 4/38. Here's the report card of how players performed in three matches. IND vs ENG 3rd T20I Highlights. Pandya came back in the 18th over to thwart another surge from England, this time taking out Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow.

MS Dhoni, who recently turned 37, was involved in 6 of the 9 England dismissals and became the first wicketkeeper in the world to take 50 catches in T20I.

Buttler and Roy scored 73/0 in six overs with both in-form batters smacking 10 fours and four sixes in the process.

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For India, Siddarth Kaul came back into the mix in place of injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while Deepak Chahar was handed his global debut at the expense of Kuldeep Yadav who was dropped.

Sharma also threw more light on the method followed by the Indian top order, especially in a run chase.

To make matters worse, Buttler was dropped by Yuzvendra Chahal (0/30) just after Powerplay although it was a hard chance.

In the next ball, Roy brought up his fifty in style, slapping Chahal for a six over long-on.

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The target of 199 runs was not less but the wicket condition was in favour of batsmen. Buttler was bowled heaving at Kaul Siddarth, while Roy edged a slower ball from debutant Deepak Chahar. The rest of the batsmen could not take England past the 200-mark but still posted a more than par total.

England drop Joe Root but still lose series to India