Virat Kohli laments loss of early wickets as India's triumphant streak closes

Virat Kohli laments loss of early wickets as India's triumphant streak closes

After winning the toss, Virat Kohli invited the hosts to bat first. It's a must-win game for the hosts after their loss on Tuesday and will also have to deal with keeping Kuldeep Yadav quiet.

Mind you, the match got stretched only because of debutant Jake Ball's horror last over that went for 22. It will be optimistic to expect of Hardik to come good every time.

Sent into bat, Roy and his opening partner Jos Buttler (34 runs of 21 balls) shared 94 runs from 7.5 overs to make a flying start in their innings as the duo dealt in fours and sixes initially.

The over after the power play saw Roy bring up his half-century from 23 balls and he looked in the mood to keep going on a good track.

Although Alex Hales (30), Ben Stokes (14) and Jonny Bairstow (25) hung around in the crease and scored some runs to push the scoring rate, it was too late by then as India had already staged a remarkable comeback in the middle of the innings.

The bowling department also seemed settled but towards the end the English bowers are leaking runs.

Yuzvendra Chahal: 2/10 Chahal who forms a formidable partnership with Kuldeep had a series to forget.

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"But we played better than we did at Old Trafford and the plans we had we committed to more". With the series pegged at 1-1, it is hard to envisage either team playing around with combinations as a lot is at stake. 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.

Alex Hales was dismissed in the same fashion as Jason Roy when he tickled the last ball of Pandya's second over to Dhoni. Though the strategy looked ordinary when England openers blasted bowlers all around the park.

Chahal followed it up with an economical over, giving away just three runs.

Victory on Friday would have allowed India to experiment in the third game, with the likes of Manish Pandey, Siddarth Kaul, Krunal Pandya and Deepak Chahar waiting in the wings.

For England, Willey, Ball, Plunkett and Rashid bagged a wicket each. Playing his 500th global game, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (32 not out off 24 balls) then came to the crease and added a quick 32 runs off 24 balls with Kohli.

Hardik Pandya returned with career best bowling figures (4/38) but England rode on their superb start to post a challenging 198/9 in 20 overs in the third and final T20I against India at the County Ground here on Sunday. Even Rohit Sharma was batting at the other end and I am not comparing. Lokesh Rahul (19 off 10 balls) fell to a spectacular catch by Chris Jordan who made a huge ground from long-on and then flung himself full length to pluck the ball out of nowhere.

Rohit shared an 89-run stand with Virat Kohli and accelerated in the final overs to put India in control.

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