India won the fifth and final T20I by 36 runs, clinching the series 3-2, despite battling fifties from Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler. When asked to bat first, Virat Kohli’s team amassed a massive total of 224 for 2 in the allotted 20 overs. In response, England put up a valiant effort, but their challenge fizzled out.
Malan, Butler Keep England in Contention
In pursuit of 225, England lost Jason Roy for a duck in the first over but recovered quickly thanks to a 130-run partnership between Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler. Despite losing an early wicket, the duo continued to play big shots without hesitation to keep their team in contention. The visitors had raced away to 62 for 1 by the time the powerplay ended.
Even after the field limits were lifted, India experienced no relief. The dew made things difficult for the bowlers, but Buttler and Malan took advantage of it by matching each other shot for shot. In just 56 balls, they put together a 100-run partnership. With 33 and 30 balls respectively, Malan and Buttler quickly achieved their fifties.
Bhuvi Led India Back in the Game
In the 13th over, Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Buttler for 52 runs, giving India the victory. Shardul Thakur dismissed Jonny Bairstow and Malan in the same over, reducing England to 142 for 4 and putting India in command. Hardik Pandya struck early to dismiss Eoin Morgan for just one run before the tourists could add another run to their total.
After losing those wickets in quick succession, England struggled to recover and only looked in contention to chase down the total during the final few overs of the game. Their innings came with a score of 188 for 8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was India’s best bowler, taking 2 for 15 from his four overs. Thakur picked up 3 wickets but was expensive as he gave away 45 runs.
Rohit, Kohli Power India to a Huge Total
Earlier in the game, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli both hit fifties to lead India to their highest-ever T20I score of 224 for 2 in the allotted 20 overs against England. India opened with Rohit and Kohli after failing to get off to a good start in the previous four games, and the move paid off. For the first time in the series, the Men in Blue did not lose a wicket during the powerplay, cruising to 60 for no loss after six overs.
For the first wicket, Rohit and Kohli put on 94 runs in 54 balls before Ben Stokes dismissed the former for 64 runs to end the partnership. The wicket, on the other hand, had no effect on India’s momentum, as Suryakumar Yadav came out firing.
He scored 32 off 17 balls and shared a 49-run stand with Kohli before his innings was ended by a stunning effort from Chris Jordan near the boundary ropes.
Kohli changed gears after Suryakumar’s departure and found an able partner in Hardik Pandya. To ensure India completed the innings on a high note, the duo took the English bowlers to task. They put on an undefeated third-wicket stand of 81 runs off just 40 balls to take the team to 224 for 2. Kohli scored 80 off 57 balls to remain unbeaten, while Pandya scored 39 off 17 balls.