India vs England 3rd T20: Chahal six-for, England’s implosion sees India win series

Chahal finished with career-best figures of 6-25 off his four overs

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Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took a six-wicket haul, while England lost eight wickets for eight runs as India not only cruised to a 75-run win in the third Twenty20 International in Bangalore, but also won the series 2-1.

Chahal’s figures of 6-25 are the third-best in Twenty20 International history, but the best for an Indian bowler.

It was also India’s second-biggest win in terms of runs in Twenty20 Internationals, with the largest margin of victory being a 90-run pummelling of England in the 2012 World Twenty20.

Furthermore, it was India’s first¬†Twenty20 bilateral series win over England as in the last four meetings, England won three and the other ended as a draw.

Being put in to bat first, India lost captain Virat Kohli on the seventh ball of the match as he was run out by Chris Jordan for just two runs.

Lokesh Rahul and Suresh Raina made up for the early loss of Kohli with a 61-run partnership before Rahul was clean bowled by Ben Stokes for 22.

Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni kept the runs flowing with a 55-run stand, during which Raina surpassed his half-century, before he was dismissed by Liam Plunkett for 63 off 45 balls, which included two boundaries and five sixes.

Raina made his first Twenty20 International fifty since June 2010

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The runs continued to come for India as Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh amassed a 57-run partnership, during which Dhoni brought up his fifty, before Yuvraj was caught behind off the bowling of Tymal Mills for 27.

Dhoni went on to make 56 off 36 deliveries, which included five boundaries and two sixes, as India finished on 202/6 off their 20 overs.

Dhoni scored his maiden Twenty20 International fifty

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Jordan, Stokes, Mills and Plunkett picked up one wicket apiece.

Chasing 203 to win, England lost opener Sam Billings early on before Jason Roy and Joe Root began to rebuild the innings.

Roy ended up being caught behind off the bowling of Amit Mishra for 32, but England continued to fight as Root and captain Eoin Morgan amassed a 64-run partnership.

What happened next was beyond what anyone expected as England lost their last eight wickets, Root and Morgan included, for just eight runs.

Root and Morgan made 42 and 40 respectively, but England went from 119/2 in 13.2 overs to being bowled out for 127 within the space of 19 balls.

England’s collapse is the second-worst eight-wicket collapse in cricket history and is only behind New Zealand, who lost eight wickets for five runs in a Test match against Australia¬†in Wellington in 1946.

Chahal was easily the most successful bowler with six wickets, while Jasprit Bumrah took three and Mishra claimed one.

Morgan was still stunned by what he had witnessed, and said: “We made a fatal error in losing two in batsman when we were going so well. Outstanding bowling from Chahal, and India put in a performance worthy of winning the series. We could have done with myself or Joe getting 70 or 80 but it wasn’t meant to be tonight. Beautiful wicket to bat on, very small boundary, and altitude as well. We would have taken 190 at the start of the game. Our batting performance was possibly the worst in the last two years, but we won’t necessarily dwell too much into that.”

Kohli was ecstatic to have won the series, and said: “Coming back here after a while, a long time since we played the IPL final here. The occasion demanded us to be at our very best. We lost all three tosses, similar to the Test series as well, and we’ve won all three series. It’s not a bad thing when you have MS Dhoni behind the stumps and experienced guys like Ashu bhai and Yuvi pa. I’m taking advice from them whenever possible, they’re so intelligent, a lot of credit goes to them.

“Mishra’s two overs, and that one over from Jordan to Yuvi, that changed the momentum. It pushed us past 200, and that gave us the psychological advantage. Having two leg-spinners on a dry wicket, we always knew we would get a few chances. Mishy started it, and then Chahal took five wickets in two overs – he knows these conditions, he knows how to bowl here. I have a lot of faith in him, and he plays with a lot of confidence. He has a lot of skill and he has the character as well.

“I wanted to send [Dhoni] up the order, he’s the one who says he’ll come in later, that will give the team better balance. Come the big game, even in the one-day series, series decider, he stepped up, and he stepped up again today. It’s a memorable series win for us, the whole tour. It’s been a brilliant couple of months for the Indian team, going forward we know exactly what to do in each format.”

Chahal was named Man of the Match, and said: “It felt good because I’m playing an India match in Bangalore for the first time. It always feels like home. I’ve bowled in the Powerplay before in the IPL, and Virat has confidence in me that I can do that. In the start, I plan that batsmen will want to go for their shots because it’s a small ground, so I have a chance for wickets. I bowl a fuller length, so I have a chance for lbws if they miss the sweep and reverse-sweep. Never dreamed I’d get six wickets.”

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