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How Rohit Sharma guided India to T20 cricket series win against England

Rohit Sharma scored 100* off 56 balls as India chased down England’s 199-run target in the third T20 with eight balls to spare and won the series 2-1

cricket Updated: Jul 09, 2018 11:37 IST
Sanjjeev K Samyal
Sanjjeev K Samyal
Hindustan Times, Bristol
India's Rohit Sharma in action against England in the third T20 in Bristol on Sunday.
India's Rohit Sharma in action against England in the third T20 in Bristol on Sunday.(REUTERS)

As elegant as ever, Rohit Sharma was the toast of the Indian team after powering them to a seven-wicket win and clinch the Twenty20 series against England at the County Ground, Bristol, on Sunday. His match-winning unbeaten 100, making India’s chase of England’s total of 198 for nine, a cakewalk. It was Rohit Sharma’s third hundred in T20Is, the same as New Zealand’s Colin Munro.

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“That’s the style of my play,” declared Rohit, on his entertaining effort which was studded with five sixes, after being named the man of the match. “We knew the wicket would be nice to play on. I was trying to hold the shape when playing the big shots. I like to be calm, not to panic too much, because once you are there you can make up the scoring.”

The only time in the innings the England bowlers were able to slow down the proceedings, was in the 15th and 16th overs, when Chris Jordan and Adil Rashid conceded just three and four runs respectively. But, India had done enough by that stage to have things under control. “With the wicket being so good I just knew I had to stay there,” said Rohit.

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The other star of the day for India was all-rounder Hardik Pandya who picked up four wickets to prevent England from running up a bigger score after a strong start by the home team openers.

“Pandya is a fearless individual and that’s what the team want him to do,” said Rohit.

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India skipper Virat Kohli was also all praise for Pandya. “I think the comeback from the bowlers was outstanding, we thought they would get 225-230.”

First Published: Jul 09, 2018 08:33 IST

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