5th T20: India beats England by 36 runs to win series 3-2
India hammered England by 36 runs in the 5th T20I on Saturday in Ahmedabad to win the series 3-2. With the emphatic victory, Virat Kohli’s men have extended their winning streak in T20I cricket to 6 series, a fine run in the lead up to T20 World Cup.
India extend unbeaten series run in T20Is to 8 after 3-2 win vs England
Rohit Sharma’s 64 and Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 80 helped India post a record 224
Bhuvneshwar Kumar shone with the ball, finishing with figures of 2/15
When India go 0-1 down in a series, opposition teams are going to be wary from now on. For the third successive time in international cricket, India scripted a memorable series win after coming back from behind. After losing the first T20I against the World No.1 English side, the Asian giants completed a 3-2 comeback in a 5-match series and walked away with the bragging rights.
The series between the top 2 sides was perfectly set-up for a cracking finish in Ahmedabad on Saturday and it was India who emerged victorious, hammering England by 36 runs in the 5th T20I. After posting their 4th highest T20I total of 224, Bhuvneshwar Kumar came up with a series-winning spell of 2/15 in the match wherein more than 400 runs were scored.
India needed their seniors to step up and that’s exactly what the likes of captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar did as India outplayed England in all 3 departments to clinch another memorable series victory.
India vs England, 5th T20I: Highlights
With the victory, India extended their unbeaten series run in T20Is to 8 while England’s unbeaten run of 5 away series came to an end. India have also won their last 6 T20I series on the trot, a run that started with a home series win against Bangladesh in November 2019.
India also extended their unbeaten run against England in T20I cricket to 7 years as they last lost a series (a one-off match) in 2014.
Leading into the T20 World Cup, India, as England captain Eoin Morgan exclaimed before the series, have established themselves as favourites with series wins on the bounce against New Zealand (5-0), Australia (2-1) and England (3-2).
India made a crucial change to their XI as they dropped out-of-form KL Rahul and brought in T Natarajan and went in with 6 bowlers for the decider. Virat Kohli announced at the toss that he would open the innings with Rohit Sharma as the duo joined hands at the top for the first time in T20I cricket.
It was important that India got off to a good start as they were sent into bat by England, who won the toss. And what ensued was a masterclass of power-hitting from the captain and the vice-captain.
Rohit looked he was in the mood to flex his muscles right from the word go. After hitting leg-spinner Adil Rashid for a six to get going, the senior opener took the attack to England pacers. Rohit came up with a brutal onslaught against England’s best bowler in the series, Mark Wood.
Kohli was watching the action unfold from the best seat in the stadium as he was happy to play second fiddle and let Rohit do the damage. The India opener did some serious damage, hitting 5 sixes and 4 boundaries for his 34-ball 64.
Once Rohit departed, Suryakumar Yadav told the world he is the new Mr. 360 as he played some audacious shots against England pacers for his 17-ball 32. Hardik Pandya chipped in with an unbeaten 17-ball 39 while Kohli provided the perfect finish, remaining unbeaten on 80 from 52 balls.
Kohli topped the batting charts as he roared back to form in the T20I series with 231 runs, a record-breaking tally in a 5-match bilateral series in the shortest format of the game.
In response, India came up with a confident bowling display with Bhuvneshwar Kumar leading from the front. Shardul Thakur chipped in with 3 wickets as England were restricted to 188 for 8 in 20 overs. Despite a 132-run stand between Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler, England fell well short of the total.