IND -ENG 3rd T20I REVIEW
The contest was over today at Motera stadium, Ahmedabad as Jos Buttler’s sublime batting overshadowed Kohli’s pyrotechnics as the tourists romped home with 8 wickets and 10 balls to spare.
England Captain Eoin Morgan should be a happy person today as he matched his compatriot Test Captain Joe Root in that they both brought wins for their team in their 100th match in White ball and Red ball games respectively.
“It nearly brought me to tears to be honest,” Morgan After his team won the 3rd T20I at the post-match presentation.
Morgan’s comments of “Ayers Rock” look like the pitch on the eve of the match proved to be misplaced and He himself was surprised to see the bounce and carry it offered to his bowlers, who exploited the chinks in the armoury of Indian batting as the Indian team crumbled to the pace trio of Mark Wood, Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan.
Mark Wood, recovering from a bruised ankle ( who missed the 2nd match) who clocked between 140-150 kph dented India’s hope of a big score. His searing delivery rearranged a tentative K.L. Rahul’s woodwork in his first over. The Punjab King’s Captain horrendous batting once again exposed his stumps to a pacy inducker and was bowled through the gates. Rahul’s score in this series reads like binary numbers 1,0,0. Indian captain and the batting coach Vikram Rathore are on the same page about Rahul’s batting abilities concurring that he’s just one match away to find his form and his lean trot will be over soon and asserted that he will continue to open with Rohit in the coming matches.
Rohit Sharma, the prolific scorer, who was “rested “ for 2 matches was all at sea against Jofra Archer, who was menacingly teasing him with his swing movements. His reprieve of two caught and bowled chances off both Archer & Mark Wood didn’t prove costly as his premeditated leg side pull shot found the short fine leg fielder pouching the catch and he scored just 15 runs in his brief skittish stay. The diminutive sensation of the last match Ishan Kishan was done in by a bouncer from Chris Jordan, whose top edge shot landed in the glouse of the wicket keeper Buttler who ran 10 yards to take the catch. It was 24/3 in the Power play succinctly explains the precarious situation of the team.
Pant joined his captain and a good partnership was brewing between them and nearly 50 runs were added before a hara-kiri was committed by Pant who ran for the non-existent 3rd run and was short of the crease by a yard. Then Shreyas Iyer perished to a slash shot to a short ball from Wood and was held in the deep. With all these hullabulla of falling wickets, Kohli found his mojo and flourished with a flurry of strokes.
Hardik Pandya joined his captain and they added 70 runs in 27 balls and it was the highest partnership of the indian innings and Kohli was unconquered with 77 runs of 8 fours and 4 sixes. Kohli took on every bowler including Mark Wood , who was the pick of the bowler and swatted him for 17 runs in the 18th over.
England started sedative and the in-form Jason Roy went early to Chahal and Buttler and Malan added 58 runs before Malan was brilliantly stumped by Pant off Sundar. In the meantime Chahal got stick from Buttler who clobbered him all along the ground with sweeps, heaves, drives. Then Buttler turned his swirling attack on Thakur with pulls and drives. He made up his poor form in this series with this brilliant knock. He and Jonny Bairstow showed no mercy to any bowler. Bairstow finished the game in style with back-to-back boundaries off Thakur and England won the game by 8 wickets and 10 balls to spare and took lead in the series with 2-1.
Jos Buttler was named the Man of the Match for his quickfire 83* with 5 fours and 4 sixes.