Rohit, Dhoni dazzle as India win 6th straight T20I series: Key stats

first_imgIndia’s impressive run in T20 cricket continued as they won their sixth consecutive series in the shortest format of the game.With the seven-wicket win on Sunday over England in the Bristol, India bagged the three-match series 2-1. This was their eighth T20 series victory from ten bilateral series. India have lost and drawn one each.Not only that, India are unbeaten in their last eight T20 series as well.As India chased down 199 to win the third T20I, they pulled off the highest successful run chase against England in T20Is. It was also the highest successful run chase in England by any team. This was also India’s highest run chase outside India. With India finishing on 201/3 from 18. 4 overs, the Men in Blue have now made 200 or more in a successful chase in T20Is for the fourth time. No other side has managed to do so more than twice.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSWith six straight T20 series wins now, India are only behind Pakistan, who have won nine series in a row.India also moved to No. 2 in the T20 rankings with the series victory. Virat Kohli’s men are now No. 1 in Tests and No. 2 in Tests and ODIs.ROHIT’s RECORD THIRD T20 TON England vs India: Rohit Sharma scored a hundred in just 56 deliveries. (AP Photo)Rohit Sharma smashed his third T20I hundred on Sunday as India beat England at the Country Ground in Bristol.The India opener came out all guns blazing in Bristol and looked a man in complete control. Even though he lost Shikhar Dhawan fairly quick, he stuck in there and kept the run-rate going in India’s favour. He struck a 39-run stand with KL Rahul before the latter fell for 19 and then went onto stitch a 89-run partnership with captain Virat Kohli to give India the advantage in the run-chase.advertisementAlso read – India vs England: Rohit Sharma joins Virat Kohli in elite T20 Internationals listRohit completed his fifty off 31 balls in the ninth over and kept the scoreboard ticking along with the odd boundary here and there as Kohli was on the charge. However, once Kohli got out, he took the onus on himself and completed his century in the 19th over to score his third T20I century. He got a single of the bowling off Chris Jordan to reach the landmark off 56 balls.He hit 11 fours and five sixes in this 56-ball 100 not out as India won the match by seven wickets in the following over to bag the series.Only New Zealand’s Colin Munro is the only other batsman who has three hundreds in T20 Internationals.During the course of the innings, Rohit also became the second Indian to score 2000 runs in T20 cricket and the fifth batsman overall. New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill, Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik and Kohli are the other four. The Indian opener needed 14 to get to the landmark before India’s third T20I match against England at Bristol.Also read – Rohit Sharma special but Hardik stands out: Virat KohliRohit is also the only batsman to smash at least three centuries in all the three formats of the game.MS DHONI’s RECORD-BREAKING RUN CONTINUES England vs India: MS Dhoni took five catches in the 3rd T20I at Bristol. (AP Photo)Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first wicket-keeper to take 50 catches in Twenty-20 Internationals during India’s third T20I against England.Dhoni took the catch of England opener Jason Roy to reach the landmark at the County Ground. The catch also gave Deepak Chahar his first international wicket on his debut.Chahar bowled a slower ball and that did the trick for him. He bowled an off-cutter outside off and Roy looked to make some room to cut it through the line despite the fact that he didn’t have much space to work with. The opener ended up getting a faint nick and Dhoni took a fine low catch.Also read – Rohit Sharma reveals secret behind prolific run in limited-overs cricketLater in the match, he took two catches of the same over off Hardik Pandya to send Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales back to the pavilion. Towards the fag end of the innings, Dhoni caught the catches of Jonny Bairstow and Liam Plunkett in the 18th and 20th over respectively to finish with five catches in the match.Dhoni now has 54 catches in the shortest format of the game and became the first player to take five catches in an innings of an international T20 match.advertisementSecond in the list is Denesh Ramdin of West Indies, who has taken 34 catches. Quinton De Kock of South Africa is third with 30 catches and he is followed by Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal (28) and Netherlands’ Wesley Barresi (26) in the top five.Also read – 3rd T20I: Deepak Chahar makes India debut after Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injuryThe 37-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on Saturday, also has the most number of dismissals in the 20-over format in international cricket. He has affected 87 dismissals in T20 cricket from 93 matches so far. Out of which, 52 have been catches and 33 have been stumpings.Ramdin is again second with 53 from 62 matches while De Kock has 39 from 31 games.PANDYA’s ALL-ROUND SHOW England vs India: Hardik Pandya smashed 33 off 14 deliveries and took four wickets at Bristol. (Reuters Photo)Hardik Pandya finished with career-best figures of 4/38 from his four overs to help India restrict England to 198/9 from their 20 overs.England, who started off strongly and were looking all set for a total around 220-230, were rocked by Pandya in a small County Ground in Bristol.He picked up the wickets of Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow from his four overs on Sunday.He then came out to bat and smashed an unbeaten 33 off 14 balls to take India home. The all-rounder hammered four boundaries and two sixes at a strike-rate of 235.71.He also became the first Indian to score more than 25 runs and take four wickets in a Twenty20 International.last_img

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