Rohit Sharma’s third T20I century and Hardik Pandya’s all-round performance helped India to a seven-wicket win over England in Bristol. India have thus won the three-match 2-1 T20I series and thus got their tour of England to a winning start. India chased down a target of 199 in with eight balls to spare and Rohit Sharma ended the innings unbeaten on 100 off 56 balls. Hardik Pandya claimed his career best figures of 4/38 before slamming 33 off 14 balls andscoring the winning runs.
India lost Shikhar Dhawan in the third over of the match but Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul kept the pressure on the hosts. Rohit was the aggressor among the two and just as Rahul was starting to get into his groove, he was dismissed by an acrobatic catch by Chris Jordan. Virat Kohli then joined Rohit in the middle and their partnership was the one that set India on the path to victory. Kohli slammed 43 off 29 balls and the partnership between the two stood at 89 when the Indian skipper was dismissed by Jordan.
But there was no respite for England as Hardik Pandya came in slammed a quickfire 33 off 14 balls. It was during this stand that Rohit reached his century. He is only the second batsman to have scored three T20 International tons. Hardik hit the winning runs for India.
India won the toss and chose to field first in Bristol. Openers Jason Roy and Jos Buttler got England off to a flier and they had reached 94/0 in just over seven overs. Siddharth Kaul was the man who gave India the breakthrough by bowling Buttler over. Two overs later, Jason Roy became Deepak Chahar’s first ever international wicket. England lost 8 wickets for 95 runs after that. Hardik Pandya was the star of the show once again. He was sent to all corners of the park in his first over by Jason Roy but went on to finish his spell with career best figures of 4/38.