IndvsEng: Chahal’s six with the bowl helps India seal series 2-1
Bengaluru: When Yuzvendra Chahal was hit for a reverse-sweep six in the first ball of his first over, nobody had assumed that the 26-year-old bowler would bag a game for Men in Blue by picking six English wickets. India thumped England by 75 runs in the series deciding final game and clinch the three- match T20 series 2-1 at M.Chinnaswamy stadium here on Wednesday.
Amit Mishra should also be given proper credits for his economical 1/23 spell. On the batting friendly pitch of Benglauru, England showcased a poor batting performance. Only skipper Eoin Morgan and Joe Root are the ones who crossed double figures after opener Jason Roy (32).
The roads were not that tougher for England when Morgan and Root were taking England’s ship towards the 203-run target. But, Chahal came as a nightmare for Englishmen taking the wickets of both Root and Morgan in the final over of his spell, proving a major turning point of the game.
Morgan’s 21-ball 41-run inning had two fours and three sixes while Root found the ropes four times in his 42 run knock which was also laced with two sixes.
Chahal became first Indian to take a five-wicket haul in T20I. His figures of 6/25 is the 3rd best in T20s.
Earlier, Raina, Dhoni and Yuvraj hammered England bowling helping India post 202 runs on the board.
Welcomed to bat first, the confusion between openers Virat Kohli and KL Rahul made India suffer a loss of Indian skipper who became prey of a run out. Suresh Raina, continuing his T20 brilliance, scored runs in almost every area of the ground. Raina had set the stage for Dhoni and Yuvraj to fire before himself getting out at a score of 63 runs. His 45-ball inning was laced with two fours and five biggies.
MS Dhoni, showing his superlative batting prowess, blasted a quick-fire maiden fifty in a T20I. MahI’s 36-ball 56-run knock was comprised of five fours and two sixes. Yuvi, silencing the skeptics, played a vintage avatar of him. He played a stunning 10-ball 27-run knock.
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India: 202/6 after 20 overs (Raina 63, Dhoni 56; Mills 1/31)
England: 127/10 in 16.3 overs (Root 42, Morgan 40; Chahal 6/25)
India won by 75 runs
Yuzvendra Chahal has been named Man of the Match and Man of the Series