From Sri Lanka, to Australia, to New Zealand, and to South Africa, none of the opponents could easily contend with Chahal-Kuldeep in such quick time. "But today was brilliant, to bounce back in a must-win game shows a lot of character as a team".
- India have won all their three previous ODIs at this venue but this will be their first appearance in a T20I here. Dhoni became the first glovesman to take five catches in a T20I, while also becoming the first man behind the stumps to pocket 50 catches in this format. "I wanted it really bad and am very happy that it came here in England, in the first game of the series and hopefully I can carry that confidence forward and use the form and make it big", he added.
India will now take on England in the three-match One-Day International series, starting July 12 in Nottingham.
The last game in the series is in Bristol on Sunday.
After being flummoxed by Kuldeep's left-arm wrist-spin, England perhaps have more pressing concerns than an occasional phantom delivery. "With the shortest boundaries on the straight, I kind of mixed things". And this was how it was meant to be for the entire batting line-up. For England Ben Stokes is in for Joe Root. He is one of the most successful bowlers in the world in T20 cricket. Pandya was not done yet, as he had Alex Hales (30) caught behind too. All in all, the sides are more or less evenly matched, but Stokes' return will definitely give England the balance they lacked at Cardiff.
On the other hand, England have lost both their T20Is here, the last one coming in 2011. "The start we want in the first six overs. he is giving us wickets there". Here's the report card of how players performed in three matches.
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The conditions concern India as well.
Pandya took 4-38, his best figures in T20 cricket and wicketkeeper MS Dhoni became the first player to take five catches in worldwide T20 and ran out Chris Jordan on the last ball of England's innings for good measure. The shorter boundaries will only re-affirm such a plan once again. Buttler was bowled heaving at Kaul Siddarth, while Roy edged a slower ball from debutant Deepak Chahar. With the series pegged at 1-1, it is hard to envisage either team playing around with combinations as a lot is at stake.
But on an excellent pitch, and small playing area, it proved inadequate as Rohit Sharma's unbeaten hundred eased India to a 2-1 series success after a third-wicket stand of 89 with his captain Virat Kohli. Even so, this is about more than just rankings at this juncture.
It wasn't to be though and now England need to switch their focus towards the start of the ODI series which gets underway on Thursday.