Mark Wood hit the Indian top spot with his pace and three wickets. © BCCI
After an eight-wicket victory over India in the third T20, England captain Eoin Morgan said on Tuesday that he was surprised to see so many catches on the pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 77 to give India a 156/6 lead, but Jose Butler and Johnny Berso gave England an eight-wicket victory. Butler and Byerso scored 83 and 40 respectively.
“What we did during the game was amazing. It is not very difficult for our people to adjust to this. The first part of our bowling was exceptional. The wicket remained the same. When there is a small side, you do not know what a good score is. “This is the dynamics of T20 cricket,” Morgan told host broadcaster Star Sports in a post-match presentation.
“Jose is a world class player, we are very lucky for him. He is the best match when it comes to starting batting. He is a great leader in our group. He is a very good friend of mine,” They said.
Earlier, captain Virat Kohli played an unbeaten 77 from just 46 balls to take India to 156/6 in 20 overs.
With the innings low and out in the final five overs, Kohli led all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s company from the front as the duo added 69 runs off 30 balls, leaving the hosts with a total of 150 runs.
Hardik included Kohli with a score of 86/5 in 14.3 overs and then master-classed in the power-hitting. Interestingly, Hardik contributed 70 runs off just 33 balls, with Kohli being a hit. It was India’s sixth wicket partnership in T20I.
Soon after top order Mark Wood was dismissed, the Indian batsmen were left behind and the hosts were left behind in the first six overs.
With the victory in the third T20, England now have a 2–1 lead in the five-match series. Both teams will now play in the fourth T20 on Thursday which will be played at the same venue.
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