India ruled in the decisive fifth game of this set of T20 matches, handing England a 36-run win and a rare series loss.
For 20 glorious overs, and on one excellent pitch, India was able to hit all they wanted, with Virat Kohli as the flagpole on which the higher order flaunted extravagantly. England, setting an intimidating 225, started out as a train thanks to Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan, but stalled two-thirds of the way, hitting bumps called Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur.
The 3-2 series defeat left England’s plans in a kind of haze: a batting order in need of a change, a Ben Stokes out of place, an untested Moeen Ali, but at the very least, Eoin Morgan now knows what. It will be difficult to beat India in belligerent mode in the Fall T20 World Cup.
From the second final, England faced her, despite winning the toss, when Kohli, opening with KL Rahul dropped, yelled an extra cover drive past Morgan who dived and the shot was equalized a few balls later. by Rohit Sharma by annihilating lazy days mode.
Sharma then survived an lbw review against Adil Rashid, sliding down the leg, a rare misjudgment by Morgan. And as the England players watched the replay, we saw Kohli and Rohit, reflecting, standing on the field, chewing on fat, hands on hips. The ease wasn’t artificial (Rohit crushed Rashid’s latest installment by six) and it was just getting started.
Mark Wood, who was bowling at about 150 km / h, was driven across the ground twice, his big brown eyes filled with injustice. In his next over, India was a better one, Kohli turning and pulling, left knee high, fast hands, six on long leg; Rohit, dripping gracefully, pulling with the nonchalance of a man throwing a peeled grape over his shoulder. The unsuspecting brains of Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Wood, and Morgan watched without response.
At Rohit he went, topping Sam Curran skyward where he swirled away from a diving Wood, throwing him for six to go to fifty of 30 balls. It was Stokes who made the breakthrough, though not before being hit by two limits, inducing an inner edge on his stumps.
But the departure of Rohit by 64 (against 34) did not bring respite. Suryakumar Yadav lowered his feet to Rashid and threw his second straight ball for six, one leg break disappeared and surpassed additional coverage for another. Then Yadav, using the crease intuitively, drilled Jordan for three consecutive fours.
But it was Jordan who found the magic to fire him. Yadav stepped forward and Jordan, running around the boundary from a long time onward, reached out his right hand, took the ball from the work of gravity and, with the momentum that carried him over the rope, had the speed of thought to throw. the ball to Jason Roy. . Roy laughed in disbelief at the impudence of it all. But, it wasn’t the game changer it could have been.
Kohli continued to leap, amid shouts of adoration from an imaginary crowd, finishing with a not-so-sloppy unbeaten 80 of 52 balls. Hardik Pandya made a cameo of his own, moving and shooting 39 on the way.
England’s response wavered immediately as Roy charged across the field towards Kumar, swung, missed and was thrown, leaving England 0-1 after two balls. But what seemed to have no chance quickly passed into possibility, as Malan, under pressure after scoring a goal. A handful of runs slowly settled into Pandya’s second over, scythe four, six, and four. Buttler joined in, driving straight to Washington Sundar for four, then clapping Thakur’s first ball for six over midwicket – tink and tonk continued, to such an extent that they went 62 for one at the end of the power play, and kept in touch with the required rate.
Then, in the thirteenth, with society 130, Kohli turned to Kumar, who induced Buttler to make a cut to the edge of the limit. Only six singles came out of the 14th round, leaving England to score 89 of six. In the tension, Jonny Bairstow put Thakur in Yadav’s hands, Malan had an effort with Thakur’s knuckle ball and was thrown, Morgan followed three balls later and it was too much even for Stokes.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism