India thump England to clinch T20 series after Rohit Sharma century

England beat India by five wickets

England beat India by five wickets

Football might be coming home, but cricket isn't.

The pair kept India ahead of the rate through the middle overs, punctuating every over with at least one boundary and rotating the strike comfortably in between. The character we showed is something we're very proud of.

A long tour of England can bring contingencies, and India responded gloriously to the first of those to maintain their clean sheet in T20I bilateral series of three matches. Opener Jason Roy and Jos Buttler came heavy upon the Indian bowling attack in the early overs as the duo scored a phenomenal 94 runs in less than 8 overs before Buttler fell prey to a clever Siddarth Kaul delivery. Where batsmen can hit through the line and the boundaries can be cleared with relative ease?

Rohit Sharma's blazing 56 ball 100 has been well accompanied by Hardik Pandya's all round performance.

India's initiation of the innings towards the big total was not sound. - Eoin Morgan on England's line-up worries.

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England put up the target of 199 runs for India. England, meanwhile, are soaring high with 2.4 wins per defeat. The range of shots this man has is wonderful and in the shorter formats he is no doubt one of India's biggest matchwinners, along with Kohli. Dhoni completed the catch this time around.

However, some of the Pakistan fans were amused and accused Akhtar of trying to please the Indians. India have achieved it 16 times in 59 innings. Bhuvi was dropped for the final game making way for Deepak Chahar.

Morgan said: "It was a hard decision leaving Joe out".

"On this ground taking wickets is a priority".

England lost four wickets for 46 runs before Ben Stokes (14) and Jonny Bairstow (25 off 14 balls) had a 37-run partnership. Those are far superior numbers to any other team, including India. Then he hit the winning runs, a six off Jordan to clinch the series. A 3-0 outcome will mean India can knock England off their pedestal but that will take some doing against the team that has redefined the ODI template in recent years.

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They missed a couple of decent players, too. For England, Chris Jordan will make way for Mark Wood.

Earlier, India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field first against England in the third and final T20I in Bristol on Sunday.

The individual players will be hoping to make impressive entries in the ICC ODI Player Rankings, which could see a number of changes when the rankings are next updated on August 13 after 18 matches.

But numerous decisive factors in this series - the variety of India's bowling, the strength of their batting - will apply to 50-over cricket, too. Clearing it, in 20 or 50 over cricket, looks desperately tough. The upcoming ODI series should provide an excellent gauge of England's real standing in the format.

India have shown how high the bar is in this series.

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