India beat England by 36 runs in the final T20 International to win the series 3-2. This makes it their second successive series win over England after beating them 3-1 in the test series.
Another brilliant inning by Kohli, Sharma steps up too
The day started with England winning the toss again and choosing to field.
This time around, the Men in Blue were off to a solid start with Rohit Sharma scoring 64 off 34 balls. Virat Kohli too scored yet another half-century, putting up 80 runs in 52 deliveries.
India were in control throughout the innings as the batsmen looked comfortable on the crease.
After Sharma got out, Suryakumar Yadav scored a quick 32 runs before falling to Adil Rashid in the 13th over. Kohli and Hardik Pandya saw team India through to the end of the innings with the latter scoring 39 off 17 balls.
India’s final score was 224-2.
Kumar and Thakur shine with the ball
Within the first two balls of England’s innings, Jason Roy had fallen to a beautiful, clinical delivery by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. Roy had been in a fine form for most of the tournament and his wicket was a big breakthrough.
Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan played the spoilsport for a while after losing the early wicket. The duo’s partnership, which saw both of them score a half-century, had taken England to 130-2 by the 13th over.
Just when it looked like the visitors would ride through to the win, Kumar got another breakthrough – this time by getting Buttler’s wicket.
After that, it was as if England lost its bearings and momentum altogether. Like a house of cards, they soon fumbled Shardul Thakur getting a couple of wickets in quick succession. By the 16th over, England were 144-5.
Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan put up a futile fight but they succumbed under pressure too. Ultimately, England ended at 188/8 with Sam Curran scoring an entertaining 14 off 4 deliveries.
India have now won their T20I Series and Test Series against England. They will now eye a similar result against them in the 3-match ODI Series too, starting from Tuesday, March 23.