Jos Buttler won the toss and asked India to bat first. The Men in Blue made three changes in their XI but didn’t change the approach while batting. Captain Rohit Sharma (31) led the charge in the initial overs and gave a powerful start. Rishabh Pant (26) opened with Sharma and mainly tried to anchor the innings. After a good start, India experienced a turbulence as they lost few wickets in the middle overs. Only Ravindra Jadeja held his nerves and batted throughout the inning to take India to a score of 170/8 in 20 overs. The southpaw batsman hit five fours but what really mattered is that he did not push the panic button at any point in the first inning.
While chasing, England had a disruptive start as they lost Alex Hales on the first delivery itself. Dawid Malan (19) got a crucial start but couldn’t capitalized on it. Moeen Ali (35) once again got a brilliant start but failed to take England home. In the end, David Willey (33*) was the only batter who looked impressive but the target was just too big. England kept on losing wickets throughout the inning and thus only ended up making 121 runs in 17 overs.
Chris Jordan was at his best today as he picked four wickets tonight. With him, Richard Gleeson got three important wickets upfront in the first inning.
India had a wonderful start even in the second inning as Bhuvneshwar Kumar straightaway got a wicket of the first ball. Overall he took three wickets. Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal plucked two wickets each. One wicket each were bagged by Hardik Pandya and Harshal Patel.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was adjudged Man of the Match for his excellent bowling show. India clinched the T20I series with this win against England with one more match to go.
India: 170/8, Overs 20, Ravindra Jadeja 46*, Chris Jordan 4/27
England: 121/10, Overs 17, Moeen Ali 35, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/15