Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s magnificent 77 not out off 46 deliveries which included eight fours and four sixes helped India come back and score 156 for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs in the third T20I of the five-match series held at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. When one thought England bowlers had an upper hand with India being 64/4 at one stage Virat Kohli’s half-century off 37 balls and his 70 run partnership with Hardik Pandya(17 off 15 balls) helped India.
At the start, India’s opening batsman, KL Rahul was yet again bowled out in the early overs before he could do any damaged. After facing four deliveries, Rahul departed to the pavilion for a duck after being bowled out by Mark Wood in the third over making the score 7/1. Following him, Rohit Sharma (15 runs off 17 balls) was caught by Jofra Archer as Mark Wood got his second wicket in the fifth over.
Successively in the next over Ishan Kishan followed his Mumbai Indians captain as he departs scoring only four runs off nine balls as he edges the ball bowled by Chris Jordan and it is safely caught by Jos Buttler.
While there was a partnership going on between captain Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant, Pant who scored 25 runs off 20 deliveries was a victim of an unfortunate run outcall at the start of the 12th over, giving England the upper edge.
England fast bowler Mark Wood scalped three wickets as he bowled a short delivery and Shreyas Iyer hit straight to cover wherein Dawid Milan safely caught the ball as India was at 86 for five in 14.3 overs. With great difficulty, India managed to cross the 100-run mark at the end of the 16th over.
Earlier, England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field first.
The third T20I is held behind closed doors at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad today.