Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

England vs India 2018: 5 reasons why England lost the third T20I

England vs India 2018: 5 reasons why England lost the third T20I

Hardik Pandya said that India's victory over England could be a precursor of better things to come in future matches.

Just then, though, Pandya hit the first two balls of the 17th over for fours, and India were back on track.

Only moments of brilliance from England kept India in check.

Coming into this match, Rohit had averaged 26.08 at a strike rate of 104.1 in all T20 cricket since February 17 this year.

Veteran M S Dhoni was at his best behind the stumps, taking five catches and effecting one brilliant run out in the last ball of England's innings to get the wicket of Chris Jordan.

To make matters worse, Buttler was dropped by Yuzvendra Chahal (0/30) just after Powerplay although it was a hard chance. "India never really got away from us, but we struggled to take wickets (during the chase)", said Morgan.

A six brought up Roy's half-century from 23 balls - the joint second quickest for England in T20s - and the hosts looked set for a total in excess of 200.

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India were cruising to victory but another fine catch from Jordan (1-40), this time off his own bowling, saw Kohli (43) on his way and gave England a glimmer of hope. Buttler was bowled heaving at Kaul Siddarth, while Roy edged a slower ball from debutant Deepak Chahar.

Earlier, opening batsman Jason Roy rained sixes in his blistering innings of 67 off just 31 balls but India made a superb fightback on the back of Hardik Pandya's four-wicket haul to restrict England to 198 for nine.

Hence it is predicted that India will win this match against England. Pandya mixed up his pace and length to finish with 4-38, having Stokes caught at mid-off for 14 and enticing Bairstow, on 25, to edge behind. He needs 13 runs to complete 1,500 T20I runs. f he reaches there he will be the 3rd Indian (after Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Suresh Raina) and 18th overall to the landmark. He was there with centurion Rohit Sharma when India needed to pull themselves out of a brief slowdown when the 15th and 16th over produced seven runs and the wicket of Virat Kohli.

"I am always learning the game and making sure I am always learning from my mistakes in every game I play in", he told reporters at Bristol.

England play India in ODIs at Nottingham, Lord's and Leeds before Root takes over the captaincy for the five-Test series starting at Edgbaston in Birmingham on August 1. I think it was a brutal day for the bowlers.

Kohli said: "The comeback from the bowlers was outstanding - I thought they would end up getting 225 or 230, which would have been tough". "This team looks like it could win in any condition in the shorter format of the game". We backed up something and the guys produced the goods for us.

India batsman Hardik Pandya.

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