Kohli, Rohit sparkle with bat before Bhuvneshwar-Shardul combo derails England in tall chase

Brief scorecard: India 224/2 (Virat Kohli 80*, Rohit Sharma 64, Hardik Pandya 39*, Suryakumar Yadav 32; Ben Stokes 1/26, Adil Rashid 1/31) beat England 188/8 (Dawid Malan 68, Jos Buttler 52; Shardul Thakur 3/45, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/15) by 36 runs

India vs England 5th T20I 2021, stats

  • India completed a 3-2 series win over England with a 36-run win in the fifth T20I at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
  • It was India’s 10th T20I win over England in the 19th meeting between the teams.
  • With KL Rahul left out after a lean run, captain Virat Kohli and his deputy, Rohit Sharma, opened the batting together for the first time for India in T20I cricket.
  • Rohit was the aggressor in the partnership and provided India with the early impetus after England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to field first. India scored 60 without loss in the powerplay. Rohit was immaculate, once again, with his pull shots behind and in front of square as he went on to make his 22nd T20I half-century in a first-wicket partnership of 94 runs with Kohli. Rohit made a 34-ball 64, an innings studded with four fours and five sixes.
  • Kohli picked up the baton at the fall of Rohit’s wicket and batted through to 20 overs, finishing unbeaten for the third time in the series. Kohli made 80 runs off 52 balls (7×4, 2×6), his 28th T20I half-century and his first as an opening batsman, helping India post 224 for two, with Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya contributing quickfire thirties.
  • In pursuit of 225, England lost Jason Roy for a second-ball duck but Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler counter-attacked the Indian bowling. Thanks to Malan and Buttler’s clean ball-striking and a flurry of fours and sixes, England kept up with the required run-rate of 11.25 runs per over. The pair put on 130 runs off 82 balls for the second wicket before Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Buttler as he tried to tee off.
  • Buttler made a 34-ball 52, his 12th T20I half-century, which was punctuated with two fours and four sixes.
  • Malan struck his 10th T20I half-century, a 46-ball 68 (9×4, 2×6), and also completed 1000 runs in T20I cricket. He became the fastest batsman to the landmark, which he reached in just 24 innings.
  • Shardul Thakur, who had derailed England’s pursuit of 186 in the fourth T20I with a double-wicket over in the back half of the innings, struck twice in his third over, the 15th of the innings, to put India in the driver’s seat as the required run-rate shot up rapidly. He first had Jonny Bairstow hole out to sweeper-cover before castling Malan with a knuckleball.
  • India closed out a comprehensive, series-clinching win after England were cruising at 120 for one after 11 overs.
  • The victory was Kohli’s 27th as India T20I captain, leading the team for the 45th time.