Dhoni guides India to 148/5 against England


India will be aiming to seal the series when they take on England in the deciding game of the ongoing three-match T20I series here at Bristol County Ground on Sunday. The groundsmen left an extra layering of grass on the wicket's top-surface and English bowlers used it amply.With the short boundaries, they used short bowling against every top-order batsman. However, not once did he panic and ultimately reached the milestone in the penultimate over of India's innings.

Despite the disappointment on Friday, the visitors are still in contention for their sixth consecutive T20I series' win, which is part of an unbeaten run stretching back to September 2017.

Winning the toss, England elected to bowl and managed to restrict India to 148/5.

All-rounder Stokes missed the recent one-day series against Australia with a hamstring injury and has sat out the first two 20 over games against India. "We applied pressure and pulled the game back nicely".

Hardik returned with career best bowling figures (4/38) but England posted a challenging 198/9. Hardik Pandya took four crucial wickets and also played a cameo alongside Rohit Sharma to ensure a smooth end to the series.

Darwan was dismissed by Jason Roy's throw and quick-thinking by England captain Eoin Morgan who referred the decision to the TV umpire and was proved correct.

Dhoni, who took became the first player to take five catches in a T20 global, removed his glove before the final ball of the innings, making it easier for him to run out Jordan as he tried to pinch a bye.

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MS Dhoni: 3/10 The former team India skipper did not contribute much with the bat scoring just 33 runs in three matches. His innings included 10 fours and 5 sixes.

Hales held his nerve, and unleashed the power when 12 runs were still needed from the final over, hitting the first ball for six into Cardiff's River Taff off Bhuvneshwar Kumar as England got home narrowly.

At the halfway stage, England were 111/2 but Pandya then dented England's surge as Morgan top-edged a back of a length delivery which Dhoni smothered, clattering the stumps in his follow through, and Hales was caught behind. Roy and Buttler stitched together 94-run partnership for the first wicket. Chahar then got his first worldwide scalp with a slower delivery that the unsafe Roy flicked to Dhoni behind the stumps.

India captain Virat Kohli, who departed for 43 runs, kept the scoreboard ticking from one side and Rohit blasted the bowlers from the other end.

England also started badly and lost Jason Roy (15), the in-form Jos Buttler (14) and Joe Root (nine) as they struggled to 44 for three.

Jason Roy's 67 threatened to put England's stamp on this sun-drenched Vitality IT20 occasion as a vivid green pitch belied its freaky appearance to serve up another run-fest.