England suffer eight wicket collapse in final T20 game
India v England, Third IT20 Review
England collapsed in spectacular fashion during the Third IT20 in Bangalore to hand India the series win following an incredible night of T20 cricket.
Incredibly, England lost their final eight wickets for as many runs in the final T20 game of the series, going from 117-2 to 127 all out in just three overs.
The Three Lions, who were heading into the last game of the series looking for a victory that would give them their first win of the extended tour of India, looked out of their depth as India crushed England’s batsmen who suffered a spectacular 19-ball collapse in the thirteenth to lose the series.
England, who for the third time in the series won the toss and elected to bowl, looked strong early on with Virat Kohli (2) run out by Chris Jordan to leave the hosts on 4-1 by the second over. However the appearance of Suresh Raina gave England all sorts of problems who swatted away the visitors bowling attack to consistently reach the boundary – bringing up his half-century with a huge maximum, but not before Ben Stokes delivered an accurate ball to smash the stumps of KL Rahul (22).
India were 98-2 by the eleventh over.
However it wasn’t long before England got their man with Raina (63) caught in the deep by Eoin Morgan, but India remained in the driving seat as Dhoni brought up his first half-century in 66 innings as they were 154-3 by the seventeenth.
Despite losing three wickets in their remaining over’s, India managed to score runs consistently to leave them on 202-6 by the end of the innings.
England who needed 203 runs to win the series got off to a terrible starts as Sam Billings (0) was caught by Raina with England 8-1. Things could have got a whole lot worse for the Three Lions but they were spared their blushes after Roy attempted to get score a single, charging down the non-striker’s end, but the ball is thrown at the wrong end.
Next up to be dismissed for England was Roy (32) who was caught by Dhoni who was in incredible form during the match to leave England on 55-2.
Eoin Morgan and Joe Root developed a solid partnership at the crease smashing fours and sixes to bring up the 117. But following Morgan’s dismissal (40) England’s batsmen seemed to crumble under the pressure as Root (42), Buttler (0), Ali (2), Stokes (6), Jordan (0), Plunkett (0) and Mills (0) were dismissed in just 19 balls.
England have now lost in all formats of the game during their tour of India, and will hope to bounce back ahead of their tour of the West Indies next month before they go head to head at Emirates Old Trafford in the First One-Day International on Tuesday 19 September.
What the captains said:
Speaking to the BBC, Eoin Morgan said "We made a fatal error in losing two 'in' batsmen when we were going so well. It really hurt us. You have to give credit where credit is due, congratulations to the Indian team."
Kohli said "This was an occasion that demanded us to be at our best. Everyone was looking forward to this game. We lost all three tosses but won the series. We have shown character to win all three series."
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