Yuzvendra Chahal picks six wickets as India hand another series defeat to England
India 202-6 (Raina 63) beat
England 127 (Chahal 6-25) by 75 runs
Third Twenty20 International in Bangalore
Yuzvendra Chahal registered the best figures for an Indian bowler in the Twenty20 International format as India wrapped up a 75-run win in the third game against England in Bangalore to seal the series 2-1.
This was also the third time a bowler has picked six wicket haul in a T20I game after Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis had done twice.
Chasing a massive target of 203 for a win, England were in the hunt when they were 119 for two at one stage but they lost their remaining eight wickets in a span of 19 deliveries scoring just eight runs.
England won the toss and for the third time they opted to field first. In the second over of the innings, Virat Kohli (2) was run out following a direct hit from Chris Jordan (1-56).
Suresh Raina (63) and Lokesh Rahul (22) struck three sixes and as many boundaries between them to take India to 53 for one at the end of powerplay.
The 61-run partnership for the second wicket ended when Ben Stokes (1-32) castled Rahul in the eighth over. In the 12th over Adil Rashid (0-23) dropped a tough chance of his bowling after which Raina responded with two sixes in the over to complete a 39-ball fifty.
Just when Raina and MS Dhoni (56) were dealing in boundaries, Liam Plunkett (1-22) had the former caught at extra cover ending a fine 45-ball knock. However, that did not stop Dhoni's progress as he scored four more boundaries in the next four overs and completed his maiden T20I fifty in 66 innings.
Yuvraj Singh (27), who started the innings calmly, went severe on Jordan in the 18th over when he struck him for three sixes and a boundary but was dismissed by Tymal Mills (1-31) in the next over.
Even though, England managed to remove Dhoni and Hardik Pandya (11) in the final over, India went on to post 202 for six in the 20 overs.
After England scored just one run in the first over, Jason Roy (32) hit Chahal (6-25) for a six in the first ball of the second over but the leg spinner had Sam Billings (0) dismissed at the other end.
Roy and Joe Root (42) struck eight more boundaries in the next four overs to take England to 55 for one at the end of powerplay.
Amit Mishra (1-23) was introduced in the seventh over and straightaway he created impact by having Roy stumped and conceded just one run in it as well.
Two sixes from Root and back-to-back boundaries from Eoin Morgan (40) allowed England post 86 for two at halfway mark. Just when the pressure started to climb, Morgan unleashed himself against Raina (0-22) struck him for three consecutive sixes in the 12th over to bring down the required run rate to 11.
However, the 14th and 16th over bowled by Chahal saw England lose Morgan, Root, Moeen Ali (2), Stokes (6) and Chris Jordan (0) while Jasprit Bumrah (3-14) had accounted for Jos Buttler (0), Plunkett (0) and Mills (0) as England collpased to 127 all out in 16.3 overs.
The 75-run win meant India completed the series victory 2-1 after earlier winning Test and One-Day International series as well.
Chahal won both man of the match and man of the series.
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