India thump England to clinch T20 series after Rohit Sharma century

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But on the limited evidence of this series, India have the batting firepower to match - or surpass - anything England can achieve on such surfaces.

India started well as Rohit Sharma shied with the bat right from the start, Dhawan, however, had to face an early exit. Hardik Pandya played along with Rohit and eased the burden.

Rahul was departed facing a delivery from Jake Ball, a wicket which could be more finely claimed by fielder Chris Jordan who took an wonderful acrobatic catch. England was bowled out for 365 in the penultimate over chasing 372 to win. He has shown throughout the series how it is done in tougher conditions, taking on the batsmen with clever variations and staying strong under pressure.

Overall, India was a better side with its batsmen in better control of the situation and Rohit's knock was an add-on for the visitors. Despite that, India were on course with 70 on board for 2 wickets at the end of powerplay.

The loss of both openers in the space of 10 balls did little to slow England and the hosts were 118-2 after 11 overs and a score well in excess of 200 seemed eminently possible. The partnership became hard for India. Roy, on the other hand, reached his third T20I half-century off only 23 balls, inclusive of four fours and five sixes. Siddarth Kaul removed Butler and soon Roy was gone too, India saw some relief. Even after losing wickets, England continued to maintain a good scoreboard.

A ideal yorker by Umesh Yadav ended Willey's short inning. Dhoni took a simple catch. He has played a lot worldwide T20 cricket and he has played a lot around the world. Pandya came back in the 18th over to thwart another surge from England, this time taking out Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. Dhoni became the first glovesman to take five catches in a T20I, while also becoming the first man behind the stumps to pocket 50 catches in this format. Virat Kohli has already spoken about needing flexibility in the line-up keeping the 50-over World Cup in 2019 in mind, and the experiment of him dropping down to No. 4 should continue. He made his India debut against England in 3rd T20I at Bristol on Sunday and finished with figures of 1/43 at an economy of 10.75. The duo constructed a crucial partnership.

In the 14th over, Chahal missed a chance to dismiss Eoin Morgan (then on 4), failing to latch onto a high catch at cover only to end up banging his head on the ground. Persuaded to drop Kuldeep Yadav by a green-tinged surface and some painfully short boundaries, India instead opted to deliver 16 overs of seam.

Virat's 43 came from 29 balls and had two fours and two sixes. India looked set and was inching towards the target. Playing seven overs, the two English openers scored 94 runs without being detached.

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