Belligerent Buttler knock steers England to comprehensive win

Brief scorecard: India 156/6 (Virat Kohli 77*, Rishabh Pant 25; Mark Wood 3/31, Chris Jordan 2/35) lost to England 158/2 (Jos Buttler 83*, Jonny Bairstow 40*; Washington Sundar 1/26, Yuzvendra Chahal 1/41) by 8 wickets

India vs England 3rd T20I 2021, stats

  • An unbeaten 52-ball 83 from England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler steered the visitors to an eight-wicket win over India in the third Twenty20 International, giving them a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
  • It was Buttler’s 11th T20I fifty, which he reached in 26 balls.
  • England’s win is their ninth in T20Is against India in 17 meetings between the teams.
  • While Buttler was the standout batsmen across both teams, Jonny Bairstow finished as the second-highest run-scorer on the night, finishing unbeaten on 40 off 28 balls. In the process, he became the fifth English batsman to notch up 1000 runs in T20I cricket.
  • That was after captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to field first. England bowling attack, led by Mark Wood, dented India with the early wickets of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan, reducing the home side to 24 for three in the sixth over.
  • Captain Virat Kohli then single-handedly led the team’s recovery with a scintillating, unbeaten 46-ball 77, his 27th T20I fifty, punctuated by eight fours and four sixes. Having stemmed the fall of wickets early in his innings, Kohli, who was batting on 28 runs off 29 balls, provided a grandstand finish to the Indian innings with his typically wristy shot-making as he toyed with the field-set to accumulate runs all around the ground. This is his highest score against England in T20I cricket.
  • Leading India for the 43rd time in T20I cricket, Kohli suffered his 14th defeat as captain.