Rohit Sharma's Ton, Hardik Pandya's Four-Wicket Haul Powers India to Victory

Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya made MS Dhoni's special day even more memorable by giving him a special haircut

For some Indian players, this series has been forgetful one, while some will go into ODI series after a fantastic T-20i series.

He did not enjoy much of the success in the first two games of the series but it was Rohit Sharma show all the way as India beat England to clinch the three-match Twenty20 series here on Sunday.

Rohit stroked his way to 100 not out, his third T20I hundred, with the help of 11 fours and five sixes, adding 89 runs for the third wicket with Kohli, who got his first score of note on the tour of UK.

Hardik Pandya played an important role in India's victory over England.

The pair kept India ahead of the rate through the middle overs, punctuating every over with at least one boundary and rotating the strike comfortably in between. The all-rounder delivered under pressure with ball and bat, tremendously helping skipper Virat Kohli, especially in ringing in bowling changes on a tough pitch.

India rarely looked troubled in their run-chase, despite losing Shikhar Dhawan early to a superb, low catch from Ball at short fine leg. You can watch video highlights of IND vs ENG here.

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Another tight over from Adil Rashid (0-32) briefly turned that hope to belief before Pandya and Rohit took 15 from the next from Jake Ball to put India firmly back in the ascendancy. He made his India debut against England in 3rd T20I at Bristol on Sunday and finished with figures of 1/43 at an economy of 10.75. At the halfway mark, India had fallen 11 runs behind what England had at the same time. Led by Pandya's four-fer, the bowlers paved way for India to claw back into the game after a blistering start from the English openers. The chinaman spinner had taken a career-best 5 for 24, including three in an over, to derail England's innings. Opener Jason Roy and Jos Buttler came heavy upon the Indian bowling attack in the early overs as the duo scored a phenomenal 94 runs in less than 8 overs before Buttler fell prey to a clever Siddarth Kaul delivery. In the last T20I, he became the first player to take five catches in a single T20I game. I've made sure that I keep on learning from my mistakes. In a knock that didn't even last half of England's innings, Roy equalled the England record for most sixes: seven.

Kaul finally ended the carnage by rattling the stumps as Buttler tried to swipe across the line.

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

Chahar then got his first worldwide scalp with a slower delivery that the unsafe Roy flicked to Dhoni behind the stumps.

I still think, and I genuinely believe it, that if England are to be successful in T20 cricket over the next couple of years leading into the World T20, Joe Root will play a magnificent and big part in that. Pandya mixed up his pace and length to finish with 4-38, having Stokes caught at mid-off for 14 and enticing Bairstow, on 25, to edge behind.

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