India vs England: Mark Wood, Jos Buttler Star as England Make It 2-1 With Easy Win
Mark Wood picked up three wickets while Jos Buttler smashed an unbeaten 83 as England thrashed India by 8 wickets in the third T20 International at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Tuesday. With the win, England took a 2-1 series lead.
It was yet another case of win the toss and win the game; the previous two games of the series too followed the same pattern. Put in to bat, India managed only 156 for 6 with Wood picking up 3 for 31. Skipper Virat Kohli hammered 77 off 46 (8x4s, 4x6s) to give India a decent score.
However, England made light work of the chase despite losing Jason Roy early for just 9. Buttler smacked 4 sixes and five fours in his 52-ball knock as England got home in 18.2 overs.
The chase was as good as done when England posted 57 in the Power Play. India held Washington Sundar back until the 8th over, after which he was the pick of the bowlers with 1 for 26.
Buttler went past his half-century in just 26 balls. He added 58 for the second wicket with Dawid Malan (18 off 17) and then an unbroken 77 off 52 with Jonny Bairstow (40 off 28).
Earlier, Kohli played a captain’s knock once again, following the unbeaten and match-winning 73 he made in the second T20I, as wickets around him kept falling.
India had been reduced to 24 for three in the sixth over with K.L. Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan back in the pavilion. The India captain added 40 runs with Rishabh Pant for the fourth wicket in just under six overs to bring India’s innings back on track.
Pant was run out and Shreyas Iyer followed soon after. But Kohli added 70 runs for the sixth wicket with Hardik Pandya (17 off 15 balls), who surprisingly played second fiddle.
India would have been in a poor position had they not managed quick runs in the slog overs. They made 69 in the last five overs with majority of those runs coming off Kohli’s bat.