Digital Desk, Ahmedabad. The England team defeated India by 8 wickets in the third T20. With this, they have taken a 2–1 lead in the 5 T20 series. Indian captain Virat Kohli smashed 77, but Jose Butler’s fifty was heavy on him. English opener Butler smashed an 83-run stand off 52 balls to win the team.
Team India’s first batting at home, this is the 7th defeat in the last 10 T20s. The Indian team last defeated Sri Lanka on 10 January 2020. The match was played in Pune. Batting first after losing the toss, the Indian team scored 156 runs after losing 6 wickets. In response, the England team lost the match by losing 2 wickets in 18.2 overs and scoring 158 runs.
England lead 2–1 in series
The England team has taken a 2–1 lead in the 5 T20 series. The fourth match will be played on 18 March. The first match was won by England by 8 wickets. The second match was won by the India team by 7 wickets. All the matches of the series will be played in Ahmedabad.
England Butler held one end and won
England had a decent start chasing a target of 157 runs. The team lost the first wicket for 23 runs. Opener Jason Roy was dismissed by 9 runs. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal caught him off Rohit Sharma. From here, opener Butler took over the innings by sharing 58 runs off 39 balls for the second wicket with David Malan. England got the second blow for 81 runs. Malan was stumped by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant off the ball of spinner Washington Sundar. Malan could only score 18 runs. Butler held one end. He shared a 77-run partnership with Johnny Bairstow for 52 balls for the third wicket to win the team.
Indian innings: Virat Kohli reached a respectable score
Earlier, after losing the toss and batting first, the hosts scored 156 runs for six wickets in the prescribed 20 overs. Captain Kohli for India scored 77 runs off 46 balls with the help of eight fours and four sixes and completed his 27th and second consecutive half-century of his career. Apart from him, Rishabh Pant scored 25, Rohit Sharma 15 and Hardik Pandaya scored 17 runs. For England, fast bowler Mark Wood took the most three wickets for 31 runs in four overs. Apart from him, Chris Jordan had two successes. Let us say that in the five-match T20 series between India and England, both teams are on par with winning one match each. The first match was won by England by 8 wickets. The second match was won by the India team by 7 wickets.
Morgan becomes the fourth player in the world to play 100 T20s
English team captain Eoin Morgan made a change in the team. Mark Wood replaced Mark Karan. Morgan is playing his 100th T20. He became the fourth player in the world to achieve this feat. Pakistani Shoaib Malik is at the top with 116 matches. At number two is Rohit Sharma, who is playing his 109th T20. New Zealand’s Ross Taylor is the third player with 102 matches.