India win T20 series

08 July 2018 13:21:50 EST

India have won the final T20 game against England by seven wickets and win the series 2-1 with Rohit Sharma hitting an unbeaten century.

Put into bat England made an impressive start from Jason Roy and Jos Buttler, eventually making 198-9 off their 20 overs.

They took an early Indian wicket in reply but the visitors took control thereafter, reaching their 199 target with 10 balls to spare to claim the series.

England made a change for the game in Bristol with Joe Root replaced by Ben Stokes and after being sent in by India who won the toss, made a confident start, making 29 from the first three overs with Jos Buttler hitting 26 of them including six boundaries.

The pair shared a stand of 94 for the first wicket, those runs coming off just 7.5 overs to leave England in a strong position.

Buttler went for 34 but Roy remained and top scored with 67 off just 31 balls, his innings containing seven sixes.

England kept scoring but wickets fell at regular intervals too. Alex Hales with 30 and Jonny Bairstow (25) were other significant scorers. However, England were 111-2 after 10 overs, but in their next 10 scored 87 for the loss of seven wickets.

Hardik Pandya was the pick of the Indian bowlers with 4-38 from his four wickets while Siddarth Kaul grabbed two wickets.

In reply, chasing 199, England took an early wicket, Shikhar Dhawan going for just five, Jake Ball taking a brilliant catch off the bowling of David Willey.

They took the score on 62 before another stunning catch, this time from Chris Jordan off a Jake Ball delivery dismissed KL Rahul.

They took a third wicket, Virat Kohli making 43 before being caught and bowled by Jordan but at the other end Rohit Sharma was still there and he reached three figures before the end to ensure a relatively comfortable victory for the visitors.

The teams now reconvene for a three-match ODI series starting at Trent Bridge on Thursday and then they play each other in a five-Test series beginning on 1st August and continuing until mid-September.

India are 2/7 to win the forthcoming one-day series with England 11/4. England are 1212/1 to win the series 3-0.

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