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Ind vs Eng 5th T20 | India beats England by 36 runs, wins series

England's Eoin Morgan with India's Virat Kohli during the toss before the match.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

India defeated England by 36 runs in the fifth Twenty20 International to claim the series 3-2 here on Saturday.

Rohit Sharma's blistering 64 off just 34 balls laid the foundation for India's massive total of 224 for two.

Skipper Virat Kohli contributed unbeaten 80 while Suryakumar Yadav scored 32 off 17 balls before Chris Jordan's stunning piece of fielding resulted in his dismissal off Adil Rashid.

Hardik Pandya remained unbeaten on 39.

India struck early with Bhivneshwar Kumar dismissing dangerous Jason Roy for a duck and kept consistent pressure on England.

Dawid Malan (68) and Jos Buttler (52) scored half-centuries but the required run rate kept mounting. They managed 188 for 8 for in their 20 overs.

Brief Scores:

India: 224 for 2 in 20 overs. (Virat Kohli 80 not out, Rohit Sharma 64; Ben Stokes 1/26, Adil Rashid 1/31).

England: 188 for 8 in 20 overs (Dawid malan 68, Jos Buttler 52; Shardul Thakur 3/45, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/15).

In the first four matches of the series, India tried three opening combinations with little success. In the decisive fifth T20 rubber here on Saturday, skipper Virat Kohli made yet another change, opting to take first strike himself.

The move worked, as the home side rode on stellar knocks from Kohli (80 n.o., 52b, 7x4, 2x6) and his partner Rohit Sharma 64 (34b, 4x4, 5x6) to post a 36-run win over England.

India racked up a mammoth 224 for two in 20 overs, leaving England with a mountain to climb. In reply, the visitor stayed in contention thanks to a rapid 130-run second-wicket partnership between Dawid Malan (68, 46b, 9x4, 2x6) and Jos Butler (52, 34b, 2x4, 4x6).

Turning point

The turning point came when fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Buttler with a slower ball in the 13th over. England lost all momentum a couple of overs later, when Shardul Thakur foxed Jonny Bairstow and Malan with a cutter and knuckleball respectively.

Earlier, an aggressive Rohit got into the groove with two spanking straight drives off pacer Mark Wood. When Wood tried to bang it short, he was pulled for huge sixes by Rohit and Kohli.

With Rohit going great guns, Kohli was happy to play second fiddle. It took a slower ball from Stokes to cut Rohit’s essay short. The openers had scored 94 runs in nine overs — the best first-wicket stand of the series.

Suryakumar blazes away

Next man Suryakumar Yadav, fresh from his exploits in the previous outing, started in typically blazing fashion. Facing his second ball, Suryakumar tonked leg spinner Adil Rashid for a straight six, and in the next delivery, went inside out over extra-cover for another maximum.

An exceptional catch by Chris Jordan brought an end to Suryakumar’s entertaining 17-ball 32. Jordan sprinted after a high ball from long-on towards mid-wicket, took the catch with his right hand, and lobbed it to Jason Roy before stepping over the fence. It was modern-day fielding gymnastics of the highest standard.

Kohli, in the company of Hardik Pandya (39 n.o., 17b, 3x4, 2x6), lifted the scoring rate in the final overs. The captain finished with his highest score in six appearances as an T20I opener, going past his previous best of 39 made against West Indies in 2017.

(With PTI inputs)

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