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England sets India 199 to win series-decider 3rd T20

13 Juillet 2018

Kohli and Rohit then took India to 100/2 in 10 overs and were on course for a win with a 89-run stand for the third wicket. But Rohit was not the one to remain quiet as he collected a few more fours to reach his fifty off 28 balls in the ninth over while also taking Indian score to 100 for 2 at halfway mark.

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England made one inevitable change to the side by replacing Ben Stokes in place of Joe Root.

Morgan confirmed Root will return for the start of the one-day global series on Thursday.

The bowlers had their moments, certainly. Jake Ball on his debut bowled three really good overs.

Virat Kohli had top scored with 47 runs off 38 balls as the visitors struggled to get going after being put into bat.

Any hopes England had of applying pressure were snuffed out by Rahul, who arrived at the crease and drove his first delivery to the boundary.

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But India's strength in depth meant the runs just kept coming.

While in bowling department focus will be on Adil Rashid, David Willey and Plunkett.

"He took three wickets in four balls today and deceived us".

Even as Pandya and Rohit garnered most of the praise in the third T20, the all-rounder made sure to count the back room staff in the team's rise.

The hosts scored 149 for five in 19.4 overs to overcome India's sub-par total of 148 for five on a Sophia Gardens surface that offered bounce. In the chase, he came ahead of MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina to score 33 runs from just 14 balls to provide support to Rohit in the second innings.

However, India slowly brought themselves back into the match. Bhuvi was dropped for the final game making way for Deepak Chahar.

Australia won the toss and opted to bowl first, with Pakistan getting off to a blistering start to race to 70 for 1 off just 7.5 overs. Pandya was not done yet, as he had Alex Hales (30) caught behind too. He said, "Alex is one of the experience and brilliant player and have emerged as a strong case in this game". All in all, the sides are more or less evenly matched, but Stokes' return will definitely give England the balance they lacked at Cardiff. The execution wasn't up to scratch. Talking on the same Sourav Ganguly has revealed that Rahul and Kuldeep excite him as players.

India skipper Virat Kohli: "The comeback from the bowlers was outstanding". I don't think we have to play a completely flawless game every time. The character they showed is something we are really proud of.

"It was a brutal day for the bowlers". England had a good opportunity to amass a huge total, but India fought back after the twin dismissals of the English openers.

Hales made sure he was his own worst critic between matches, and also got to work in the nets with England's computerised bowling simulator Merlyn. We try and back each other and the support staff also gives us freedom to express ourselves.

Rohit, in the next over, completed his hundred by dabbing the ball towards backward point while Pandya hit Jordan for a six to guide India over the line.

England sets India 199 to win series-decider 3rd T20