Ahmedabad: Team India defeated England by 36 runs in the last and decisive T20 match played on Friday and won the 5-match T20 series 3-2. India (Team India) batting first scored a mammoth score of 224 for two and then restricted England to 188 for eight in 20 overs.
One decision overturned
At one time, India looked in a delicate situation in the match, but a decision by captain Virat Kohli overturned the entire game. England had scored 130 runs for 4 wickets in 12.4 overs. Jose Butler and David Malan looked dangerous at the crease. From here England needed 95 runs off 44 balls and it was moving towards victory.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar becomes game changer
Then Bhuvneshwar Kumar caught Jos Buttler off the fifth ball in the 13th over of England’s innings at the hands of Hardik Pandya. This wicket changed the map of the match itself. Had a dangerous batsman like Jos Buttler been at the crease, England would have won this match and series, but Virat Kohli did not let this happen. Presenting a sample of his clever captaincy, Kohli decided to field Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 13th over in front of the batting butler, who proved to be absolutely right.
England does not recover after Butler’s wicket
Jos Buttler was dismissed for 52 runs off 34 balls. Butler’s stormy innings included 4 sixes and 2 fours. Butler’s wicket proved to be decisive in terms of the outcome of this match and series. England’s rhythm broke after Butler was dismissed and the Indian bowlers restricted England to 188 for eight in 20 overs. In this way, India won the last and decisive T20 match by 36 runs and won the 5-match T20 series 3-2.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets ‘Man of the Match’
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ award. Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 2 wickets for 15 runs in 4 overs. During this time, his bowling economy rate was 3.80, which is very good in T20. The captain of this series win of Team India was Virat Kohli, who scored the most 231 runs in this T20 series. Virat Kohli was chosen as the ‘Man of the Series’. Virat Kohli played an unbeaten 80-run knock in the last and decisive T20 match. Now India will start the three-match ODI series against England from March 23 in Pune.