Rohit Sharma's Ton, Hardik Pandya's Four-Wicket Haul Powers India to Victory


Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya says his team's win in the T20 worldwide series against England is a stepping stone for the upcoming 50-over series. India can regain the No.1 position if they win the first two ODIs but a loss in the final ODI will hand over it back to England.

Hardik Pandya, who came in for Kohli, immediately found the boundaries and India needed just 29 from the last three overs to win the match.

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.

In front of another sell-out crowd, dominated by Indian support, England was exemplary with the ball after skipper Eoin Morgan had won the toss and paceman Jake Ball supplied an early breakthrough. "The start we want in the first six overs. he is giving us wickets there".

But on the limited evidence of this series, India have the batting firepower to match - or surpass - anything England can achieve on such surfaces. The home team did everything that could be done to win the series but fortune favored the courageous - this time the bravest was the synonym of Rohit Sharma - the Indian opener congregated his third hundred in T20Is, becomes the second batsman to do so, to throttle his team stop only in the port of victory. He scored 1209 runs in 22 innings with six centuries and two fifties at an S/R of 113.52.

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Chahar then got his first worldwide scalp with a slower delivery that the risky Roy flicked to Dhoni behind the stumps. India took 20 runs in the 18th over with Pandya hitting two fours and a six.

In the bowlers' list, top-ranked Jasprit Bumrah's finger injury, due to which he will miss the series, gives others a chance to close the gap, and third-ranked Hasan Ali of Pakistan would be eyeing a return to the top spot.

MS Dhoni, who recently turned 37, was involved in 6 of the 9 England dismissals and became the first wicketkeeper in the world to take 50 catches in T20I.

India - Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the ODI series as well.

Buttler was dropped by Siddharth Kaul when on 20 with Chahal being the unfortunate bowler. Roy completed his half-century. It took three outstanding catches to claim the India wickets. Alex Hales's fifty means Ben Stokes's reintegration into the final XI isn't going to be as easy. In these ten innings, Bairstow struck four centuries and scored runs at a strike-rate of 133.14. There was another mini collapse thereafter, as the hosts lost five wickets for 21 runs in the last 14 balls to finish below the 200-run mark.