Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Joe Root dropped as England lose series to India

Joe Root dropped as England lose series to India

Rohit shared an 89-run stand with Virat Kohli and accelerated in the final overs to put India in control.

India, who won the first match by eight wickets, started poorly after losing the toss and slumped to 22 for three.

In the 14th over, Chahal missed a chance to dismiss Eoin Morgan (then on 4), failing to latch onto a high catch at cover only to end up banging his head on the ground.

This is India's sixth consecutive T20I series' win, which is part of an unbeaten run stretching back to September 2017.

England lost four wickets for 46 runs in the middle overs that restricted their momentum, and in the death overs, they lost another five wickets in the space of 14 balls.

In reply, riding on Rohit's brilliance, India made 201/3 in 18.4 overs.

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The target of 199 runs was not less but the wicket condition was in favour of batsmen.

But on a pitch where anything that was too short or full could be flayed to the boundary, it rarely felt as though it was an even contest between bat and ball. Dhoni completed the catch this time around.

But first comes a one-day series that could knock England off their stride as they build towards that all-important home World Cup. India enjoys a dominating record against England in ODIs.

India touched the 100-run mark in the 10th over. And that difference cost England the match - believes England skipper Eoin Morgan. Rohit Sharma was the star of the match as he scored a brilliant century, helping his team in clinching the match and the series.

Earlier, it was Pandya who hauled the visitors back into the game after openers Jos Buttler (34; 21b; 7x4) and Roy gave England a flying start.

There was consternation from certain quarters when Kuldeep was left out for debutant swing bowler Deepak Chahar.

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India - Jasprit Bumrah has been ruled out of the ODI series as well.

Later, Stokes holed out to Kohli at mid off and once again in the same over Bairstow, who was looking good after smacking two fours and sixes, nicked a half volley to the keeper. Amassing these runs, Dhoni will become the only 12th player overall and 4th Indian in the history of cricket to go past 10,000 ODI runs. "There was a lot more clarity in the shots that we played". Capitalising on starts like is something we have to learn from. I haven't bowled against Kohli yet but I'm hoping a huge player like him will focus me and I can get him out.

"The character showed was something we are really proud of and as captain, I was very happy to see that".

"It was a brutal day for the bowlers". We backed up something and the guys produced the goods for us. "We applied pressure and pulled the game back nicely".

India have shown how high the bar is in this series.

"I was just chopping and changing trying to find a wicket, trying to be as unpredictable as we could but it didn't work".

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