India convincingly defeats England in the all-important decider of the T20 series to win it by 3-2. Virat Kohli and his men were clinical and outplayed England in every department in the final T20I at Ahmedabad. Batting first India came out all guns blazing and made their intentions clear of posting a gigantic total. The opening partnership between Kohli and Rohit Sharma set the tone as they dominated England from the outset.
Rohit Sharma came back in form and smashed 64 runs whereas captain Kohli remained unbeaten on 80 as India posted 225 runs. Then it was up to the bowlers who once again stood up under pressure against a gun England side. Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan partnership kept England in the run chase but their wicket in quickest succession sealed the match for India. Eventually, India won the match by 36 runs and won yet another T20I series.
India Wins The T20I Series Against England
Here’s what winning captain Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation. Kohli was also the man of the series for being the leading run-getter in the series.
“It was a complete game for us. Totally outplayed the opposition. Even with so much dew coming in, like last game we’ve defended the total again. Today was a complete game. Despite Rishabh and Iyer not getting a chance we put on 225. Testimony to our batting depth. Today Rohit and me were both positive in our intent. We knew we could trust each other and one of us can play second fiddle if one takes off. Today it was classic Rohit Sharma. And then Surya coming in at three and taking the game even further away. Then Hardik finishing it. I am going to open in the IPL as well. Have batted in different positions in the past”.
“But I feel we have a solid middle-order now. Will definitely like to partner Rohit at the top. Other guys feel a lot more confident when one of us is still in and is set. Augurs well for the team. Also how Shreyas batted in the last game and the responsibility he showed in the first game. Ishan was brilliant. I was particularly pleased with Surya. Bhuvi coming back and bowling like that. Still have Jassi to come back. Don’t have much in terms of negatives. Pant showed a lot of maturity through the series as well”.
Here’s what losing skipper Eoin Morgan said in the post-match presentation.
“Playing against a strong Indian team in their conditions was fantastic. Another fantastic game today. India outplayed us in big moments and deserved to win. We’ve played some good cricket through the series too. So lots of positives for us. We bat quite deep, and we tend to take advantage of that. Big moments in this series came when we weren’t able to take advantage of that with our middle order. Always feel we have the talent in the changing room to give it a crack. Today wasn’t our day. One of our huge plusses has been the powerplay bowling in most games. Have to commend Adil Rashid for taking on the new role. Gives us a new option. Not really (any concerns)”, said Morgan.
Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his outstanding spell of 15 for 2 won the man of the match award.
“Always good to be back. Always good to contribute to the team’s win. All good body wise. Was confident because I played domestic matches. When you get a wicket in the first over with the inswingers, always gives you joy and confidence”, he said.