India lost the third T20 international to England on Tuesday by 8 wickets as the visitors dominated the Indian bowling on an eventful evening in the empty stadium. Jos Buttler’s 83 off 52 deliveries guided England to another superb win in Ahmedabad.
Kohli shines for India again
England won the toss and chose to field, clearly bent on the idea of making it difficult for their opponents to defend their title on wet, dewy ground.
Mark Wood tore through India’s opening batsmen with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul falling to the seamer. Chris Jordan gave another immediate breakthrough to England by getting Ishan Kishan out. By the 6th over, India were struggling with 24-3.
Virat Kohli then came on and stuck all the way through to the end to give his team a fighting chance. His 77 off 46 balls (more than the combined runs scored by the rest of the team) took the Men in Blue to 156-6.
The rest of the players came, batted, and went with brief cameos. Rishabh Pant had the best cameo among all, scoring 25 runs in 20 balls. Cricket betting tips favouring the England markets saw a lot of traction.
England batsmen tamed India’s bowlers
England responded by hitting 158 runs in 18.2 overs, losing just 2 wickets.
India got an early breakthrough by getting Jason Roy out in the fourth over. Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan added runs on the board with the former scoring 83 off 52 balls. Malan got out in the 10th over but by then, England were in a comfortable position with 81-2.
Jonny Bairstow scored 40 in 28 deliveries to guide his side to yet another comfortable win. With this, England are now up 2-1 in the 5-match series.
The fourth T20I between India and England will be played on Thursday, March 18.