The lengthy T20 series reached its tantalising midpoint at the illustrious Ahmedabad venue, but without the presence of the buzzing fans.
Eoin Morgan was happy to bowl first after winning the toss and welcomed Mark Wood back into the playing eleven. Tom Curran was the player that made way to incorporate the pacer into the English pace battery lineup.
Suryakumar Yadav was surprisingly left out of the team with Rohit Sharma making his way back after missing out on the earlier fixtures.
The English bowling unit thrived on the red soil wicket by decimating the Indian top order. KL Rahul recorded his second successive duck as Mark Wood breached his defence.
Wood’s extra pace proved too hot to handle for the Hitman whose return was cut short with an ugly pull shot. The extra pace and bounce got him in an awkward position resulting in the ball hitting the top portion of the bat.
Ishan Kishan could not replicate his heroics from the second match while Rishabh Pant was involved in a run-out with the skipper. The middle order’s fate was sealed as Iyer departed following a short stint.
Embracing a bleak total to defend, Kohli switched gears to propel India towards the end. The Indian skipper played a major role in the death to register 69 runs in the last 4 overs.
Kohli scored his second successive fifty in this format for the first time in 5 years and remained unbeaten on 77 off 46. The hosts ended up with 156-6 at the end of 20 overs.
Jos Buttler ran the show for the visitors in their pursuit of the target. After settling in slowly alongside Jason Roy, the wicket-keeper batsman quickly changed gears and tactfully targetted the spinners.
Sundar, who was not introduced in the powerplay, conceded only 26 runs off his 4 overs but Chahal went in the opposite direction despite getting the crucial wicket of Roy. the leg-spinner went for over ten runs an over to cap off a disappointing evening.
Buttler steered past his highest T20I score of 81, as England comfortably secured the win to take a 2-1 lead in the series. This defeat puts India under a lot of pressure as they now need to win both of the remaining matches to win the series.
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