The India vs England T20 series came to an end with India snatching it from England 3-2 by winning the last match. The Men in Blue kept their consecutive series winning streak intact for the 6th time. India won the 5th T20 with a big margin of 36 runs and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was named the man of the match for his incredible spell of 2/15 (4 overs).
Virat Kohli was named the player of the series for his outstanding performance with the bat and scoring 231 runs in 5 matches.
The fifth T20 match started off with a surprising twist as KL Rahul was missing from the starting XI. It was the Indian captain and the vice-captain opening for the first time. Both played a masterclass inning as runs came flooding in. Even after Rohit Sharma’s departure, Kohli kept going. He was joined by Suryakumar Yadav (32 off 17) and Hardik Pandya (39 off 17) respectively. The Indian skipper remained not out at 80 with a strike rate of 153.85. India had a mammoth total of 224 on the scoreboard.
Aside from Jason Roy’s early departure, the English side had an extremely promising start. A 130-runs firecracker partnership between Jos Butler and Malan kept the Indian side on their toes. However, Bhuvi came with the breakthrough and took out Butler for 52 and that’s when took a major turn. The English side came crumbling down one after another as Shardul kept taking wickets and Bhuvaneshwar kept squeezing the runs real good. The Brits innings ended at 188/8 and India lifted the PayTM trophy with much delight.
INDIA: 224/2 (20 overs)
ENGLAND: 188/8 (20 overs) India won by 36 runs.
Let’s have a quick overview of the entire T20 series between India and England.
India vs England 1st T20:
India started off the T20 series like most of the other series this year, by losing. The Men in Blue were somehow able to put up a score of 124 runs on the board which was easily beaten by the Brits within 15.3 overs. The top order including Sikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli, none were able to give India a good start. It was then Shreyas Iyer along with Rishabh Pant who was finally able to give India the fighting chance. Alas! Iyer’s 67 runs were not enough to stop the English side.
INDIA: 124/7 (20 overs)
ENGLAND: 130/2 (15.3 overs) England won by 8 wickets
India vs England 2nd T20:
In the second match, England went to bat first and this was India’s turn for a comeback. England put up a good total of 164. A major change in the opening line up was Ishan Kishan replacing Rohit Sharma. After KL Rahul got out for a duck, it was the Indian skipper that step forward and showed what’s called a captain’s knock. Ishan Kishan was fabulous with a debut of 56 runs off 32 balls while Virat Kohli remained not out at 73. Ishan was named the Man of the Match, however.
ENGLAND: 164/6 (20 overs)
INDIA: 166/3 (17.5 overs) India won by 7 wickets
India vs England 3rd T20:
India was sent to bat first and once again, the top order crumbled down in front of Mark Wood. KL Rahul was again out for a duck, while Rohit and Ishan Kishan, both were unable to remain firm on the crease. Virat Kohli, however, showed why he is the best batsman in the world currently. Brilliant innings of 77 out off 46 balls and a 25-runs innings from Rishabh Pant helped India put up 156 on the scoreboard. Despite the early breakthrough of Jason Roy, Jos Butler played an outstanding innings of 83 that helped the Brits reach the target with 10 balls remaining.
INDIA: 156/6 (20 overs)
ENGLAND: 158/2 (18.2 overs) England won by 8 wickets
India vs England 4th T20:
It was a crucial match for India as losing in this one would mean losing the series. England once again won the toss and elected to bowl first which was already worrying. A superstitious thought was making rounds as whoever goes to bat first will lose and that was coincidentally the case for the previous 3 matches. Things did look quite grim for the men in blue as both Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul once again failed to give India the required start. Rahul’s contribution in 4 matches was 15 runs. Anyway, this time the Indian skipper was also unable to leave a mark as he fell prey to Adil Rashid. But an out of blue masterstroke from Suryakumar Yadav, 57 out of 31 along with the ever relying on Rishabh Pant (30 off 23) put up a good total of 185. Even though Jason Roy and Ben Stokes almost took the English side to the victory, it was Hardik Pandya’s tight spell and Shardul Thakur’s wicket-taking ability that limited the Brits for 177, thus proving superstitious to be wrong!
INDIA: 185/8 (20 overs)
ENGLAND: 177/8 (20 overs) India won by 8 runs.
There will be a lot of things to take away from this series for both sides. India will have a tough time deciding the top 11 as there are more than enough capable options for the upcoming T20 World Cup this year. KL Rahul’s form is one of the major concerns. Suryakumar Yadav will have an optimistic prospect. The opening duo of Rohit and Virat will be highly considered. As for bowling, Hardik still has a lot of space for improvement while Bhuvi looks really promising. With Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja’s addition to the side, India would be a force to reckon with in the World Cup.