Buttler and Malan’s efforts in vain as India claim series

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The series between the top 2 sides in T20 cricket was poised at 2-2 before the decider in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

Virat Kohli lost the toss yet again and Morgan promptly put India to bat.

India made an important change, leaving out regular opener KL Rahul and instead, brought in an extra bowler, T Natarajan,

Rohit and Virat shine

Rohit has had a poor series and looked determined to set the record straight.

After hitting leg-spinner Adil Rashid for a six to get going, Rohit took the attack to the England pacers and came up with a brutal onslaught against England’s best bowler in the series, Mark Wood.

The result? Rohit blasted 5 sixes and 4 boundaries in his 34-ball 64.

In a bold move, Virat played as Rohit’s opening partner.

It paid off spectacularly as Virat carried his bat and remained unbeaten on 80 from 52 balls, ending the T20I series with a record-breaking tally of 231 runs.

Kohli and Sharma combined for a 94-run stand from 56 balls to take India to a commanding 224 for 2, their third-highest T20 total at home.

After Rohit’s dismissal, there were notable contributions by Suryakumar Yadav (32 off 17 balls) and Hardik Pandya who chipped in with an unbeaten 17-ball 39.

Bhuvi’s class act

Bhuvneshwar Kumar came up with a series-winning spell of 2/15 on a batting-friendly pitch, which made it even more impressive.

Bhuvi’s spell included an astounding 17 dot balls and the vital wickets of Roy and Buttler, that swung the match in India’s favour.

Shardul Thakur chipped in with 3 wickets as England were restricted to 188 for 8 in 20 overs.

Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler put together a rollicking 132 run stand, but England collapsed in a heap after Buttler fell.

With this victory, India have also won their last 6 T20I series on the trot.

India 224 for 2 (Kohli 80*, Sharma 64) beat England 188 for 8 (Malan 68, Buttler 52, Thakur 3-45, Kumar 2-15) by 36 runs