Rishabh Pant was constantly heard on the stump mic as the India wicketkeeper tried egging on the India bowlers whenever Jos Buttler was on strike. However, India did not manage to remove the explosive England opener who made light work of a 157-run target in the 3rd T20I and help the visitors take a 2-1 lead despite a batting masterclass from Virat Kohli in the 5-match series.
Jos Buttler made perfect use of the conditions during England’s chase as the pattern of teams batting second winning the match continues in the T20I series at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Buttler was at his brutal best, taking the attack to both India pacers and spinners alike on Tuesday.
Buttler was dropped on 76 by captain Virat Kohli and the England opener ended up with his career-best 83 off 52 balls as England completed the chase in 18.2 overs. Despite losing Jason Roy (9) and Dawid Malan (18) early, a 77-run stand for the 3rd wicket between Buttler and Jonny Bairstow (40 not out off 25) sealed the deal for England.
When Buttler cashed in on ordinary bowling from India
Buttler’s onslaught trumped Virat Kohli’s masterful knock of 77 not out as India did not post enough on the board, managing just 156 for 6 in 20 overs after being sent into bat first. Buttler looked a cut above the rest of his England teammates on a sluggish pitch as he scored more than 50 percent of the required runs for England.
For India, Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar picked up a wicket each but the bowling group failed to fire as a unit. Chahal’s recent inability to pick up wickets hurt India once again as the senior leg-spinner finished with figures of 41 for 1. In his last 5 outings, Chahal has not picked up more than a wicket per match.
India were woeful on the field as well as catches were dropped and extra runs were being gifted, much to the disappointment of the skipper who put on a show with the bat earlier in the day.
There were some questionable bowling changes and field placements from Virat Kohli as Washington Sundar, who has a proven track record in the powerplay, did not bowl in the first 6 overs wherein England made 57 and took away the game from the hosts.
Batsman Kohli puts on a Mohali-like show in Motera
Kohli had to make some tough calls with regards to team selection and combination as Rohit Sharma was brought back, replacing Suryakumar Yadav who did not get a chance to bat on his T20I debut on Sunday. India backed KL Rahul but the star opener failed to get going, departing for his 2nd duck in this series.
Ishan Kishan, who opened the batting on his T20I debut on Sunday and hit a match-winning 56, was dropped to No. 3 and the move backfired as he was out for 5. Rohit Sharma did not trouble the scorers much as he managed just 15.
Mark Wood’s pace proved too good for India as they were reduced to 24 for 3 at the end of the powerplay.