Ahmedabad: Riding on Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 83 off 52 balls, England thrashed India by eight wickets in the third T20 International here at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Tuesday.
In reply to India’s 156, England reached the target losing only a couple of wickets with 10 balls to spare. Buttler apart, Jonny Bairstow also remained unbeaten on 40.
Earlier, India skipper Virat Kohli hammered 77 (46 balls, 8x4s, 4x6s) to help India reach 156 for six in their allotted 20 overs.
Kohli produced a captain’s knock once again, after an unbeaten and match-winning 73 in the second T20I, as wickets kept tumbling at the other end.
At one point, India were reduced to 24 for three in the sixth over with KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan back in the hut. 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 stitched 70 runs with Hardik Pandya (17 off 15 balls), who surprisingly played second fiddle, for the sixth wicket.
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.
Brief scores: India 156/6 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 77 not out, Rishabh Pant 25; Mark Wood 3/31) lost to England 158/2 in 18.2 overs (Jos Buttler 83, Jonny Bairstow 40) by 8 wickets