Rohit, Hardik give India series victory


India thrash England by seven wickets to win their final T20 contest and take the three-match series 2-1.

- If India lose the third T20I, it will be first instance of them losing a three-match bilateral T20I series. But he didn't take long to get back into the groove scoring 100* from 56 balls with 11 boundaries and five sixes to take India past the winning line.

Pandya, who also helped close out the match with an unbeaten 33 from just 14 balls alongside Rohit, conceded 22 runs in his first over.

Chasing 149, England didn't get off to the best start as Umesh Yadav (2-36) bowled Jason Roy (15) in the third over with a lovely inswinger.India though desperately wanted Jos Buttler's (14) wicket, and the desperation grew when Kohli dropped him at mid-off off Umesh in the fifth over.

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It clearly means a lot to anyone associated with Croatia , an idea that Dalic reiterated after the game. That is most important for me. "I was lying in bed finding the strength to play and it was worth it".

Batting first, England posted a huge score before Pandya and Dhoni pinned them back and the hosts finished on 198-9 after their 20 overs. On one side England treat ODI's as an extended version of the T20 format and on the other hand, India play it the old fashioned way by keeping wickets in hand before going berserk in the last 10-15 overs.

However, Pandya took 20 runs from the 18th over - bowled by Ball - to put India ahead of the run-rate and turn the match firmly in their favour. "If you come and bowl the right lengths, and take wickets on this kind of pitch, eventually you will stop runs", Pandya said.

India now have the chance to wrap up the T20I series early on this tour.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has congratulated cricketers Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya for their outstanding performance at the T20I series in Bristol.

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The big team news for the game was that Ben Stokes came back into the England team after injury to replace Joe Root, while Kuldeep Yadav was left out of the India team much to everyone's surprise.

In batting department, Opener Shikhar Dhawan, who failed in the first match would like to rectify his mistakes in the coming match while in bowling department, pacers were punished in the first 10 overs would like to display some disciplined bowling initially.

The reason for the fantastic start was down to Sharma as a couple of overs after the power play, he brought up his half-century from 28 balls. "And I don't think we've found it yet". Kaul (2/35) bowled a quicker, fuller delivery and Buttler missed as he was bowled. With this win, the series is levelled at 1-1 as the series decider will be played at Bristol on Sunday. He went off for some treatment but Morgan did India a favour with another skier off the very next ball. Stokes returns to the England squad for the third match and bolsters their confidence being yet another key member to have played in the IPL. There was another mini collapse thereafter, as the hosts lost five wickets for 21 runs in the last 14 balls to finish below the 200-run mark.

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When Kane got his best chances in the 30th minute against Croatia, his first shot was saved by goalkeeper Danijel Subasic. But emotions were to change, and fans in Bristol held their heads in their hands and wept following England's defeat.