After registering an exhilarating eight wicket win in the third T20I against hosts, England’s Captain Eoin Morgan on Tuesday said that he was quite surprised to see so much bounce on the pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Virat Kohli played an unbeaten knock of 77 runs to glide India to 156/6 but the total wasn’t enough as Jos Buttler & Bairstow displayed an outstanding show with bat & comfortably chase the target to hand a massive eight wickets win to the visitors. Buttler & Bairstow remained unbeaten on 83 & 40 respectively.
“The carry we saw throughout the whole game, it was surprising. Our guys don’t find it too hard to adjust. The first half of our bowling was exceptional. The wicket stayed similar. When there’s one short side, you don’t know what a good score is. It’s just the dynamics of T20 cricket,” Morgan told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
“Jos is a world-class player, we are very lucky to have him. He competes with the best when it comes to opening the batting. He’s a great leader within our group. He’s a great friend of mine,” he added.
Earlier Captain Virat Kohli’s unbeaten knock of 77 runs off 46 balls helped India to post an average total of 156/6 in 20 overs. In the last five overs of the Innings Virat Kohli led from fore-front along with Hardik Pandya as the duo scored 69 runs off 30 balls to help hosts past the 150 runs mark.
Hardik had joined Virat Kohli with the score on 86/5 in 14.3 overs & what followed was a master class on power-hitting. It was Hardik who played second fiddle in their 70 runs partnership off just 33 balls as Kohli went on a hitting spree. This was India’s highest sixth wicket partnership in T20Is. Mark Wood troubled the Indian batters as he dismissed the top-order within seconds & the hosts were left reeling inside the first six overs.
With registering a victory in the third T20I, England has now gained a 2-1 lead in the five match T20I series. Both the teams will now face each other in the 4th T20I on Thursday which will be played at the same venue.