India lost the third T20I match in the series thanks to Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 83 runs knock and yet another excellent bowling performance by England during the powerplay.
England bowlers were again brilliant during the powerplay. In the first six overs, India had lost three wickets for just 24 runs. KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Ishan Kishan were sent back to the pavilion. Ishan Kishan’s wicket went to Chris Jordan, while Mark Wood claimed the other two wickets. Rishabh Pant then tried to forge a partnership with his captain but was also dismissed on the score of 25. By the end of 15th over, India was 86/5. Then, Kohli decided to change his gear and paired with Hardik Pandya, the duo took the score to 156/6. Hardik Pandya was dismissed in the last ball of the over thanks to a brilliant catch from Jofra Archer. Virat Kohli ended the innings at 77* while Pandya’s score was 17.
England started well in their chase of a 157-run target, putting up 23 for the first wicket before Jason Roy (9 off 13 balls) was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal. Buttler (83 off 52 balls, 5x4s, 4x6s) held the pressure on as England scored 14 runs in Chahal’s first over, the innings’ fourth, and 16 runs in the fifth over of the innings which was bowled by Shardul Thakur. Buttler’s mate, Dawid Malan, a big-hitter himself, played second fiddle and kept rotating the strike until he was stumped off a bowl from Washington Sundar. Jonny Bairstow (40 runs off 28 balls) added an unbeaten 77 runs for the third wicket to help England win.
With this win, England is now 2-1 up in this series. India needs to win the remaining two matches if they want to win this series.