India eye series victory against England


India's Rohit Sharma celebrates after reaching his century during the third worldwide Twenty20 cricket match between England and India at The Brightside Ground, Bristol on July 8, 2018.

- If India lose the third T20I, it will be first instance of them losing a three-match bilateral T20I series. Captain Virat Kohli (43 off 29 balls) played his part with his authoritative strokeplay while Hardik Pandya, who shone with the ball earlier with a four-wicket haul, also made a significant contribution with the bat.

Jason Roy (67) was England's best performer with the bat, while Jos Buttler (33) and Alex Hales (30) both provided support, but they were the only England players to reach 30. India would be looking to continue its winning momentum in the ODI series, when they lock horns against England at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on July 12. We had the quality to bowl those wicket-taking deliveries.

As he and India contemplate doubling up to seal the three-match series in Cardiff on Friday night, Rahul admits he was running out of theories about why he was habitually falling short of three figures in both global and domestic cricket.

Rendered ineffective in the previous match, India's wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would look to bounce back against "well-prepared" England batsmen as the two teams clash in the series-deciding third Twenty20 worldwide, here on Sunday.

India missed injured Jasprit Bumrah's services on Friday during the death overs as England hit three sixes. Some poor bowling from Indian pacers, who either sprayed the ball or bowled too short, helped England in making a bright start. England learnt from most of their mistakes at Old Trafford to ensure India's spinners had much less of an impact in Cardiff.

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"We expect that from him - I haven't see anyone hit the ball like Rohit Sharma". Buttler was dropped by Siddharth Kaul when on 20 with Chahal being the unfortunate bowler.

"My focus was to make sure that I bowled different balls rather than just bowling yorkers because bowling length was the key". His last hundred also came against England, in the fifth Test at Chennai on December 16, 2016, wherein he scored 199 runs. With four fielders inside, there's always that option to take chances. Dhawan clung on in the deep to dismiss Eoin Morgan with a magnificent leaping effort on the boundary.

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan has refused to guarantee that Ben Stokes will jump straight into the side for Sunday's T20 series decider against India in Bristol.

Hales, meanwhile, admits he has no easy solution - other than keep trying to win matches.

Ball, though, conceded 22 off the last over, including a wide and a no-ball that went through to the boundary for five as India finished with a mediocre total of 148-5.