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Ind vs Eng 3rd T20I: Buttler’s fiery 83*(52) puts Kohli’s 77*(46) in vain; Eng takes 2-1 lead in 5-match series

Rida Shaikh

Ind vs Eng 3rd T20I: England won the 3rd T20I against India and took the lead of 2-1 in the 5-match series. Despite Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s masterclass half-century, India managed to build up an average score of 157 as a target for the English. England opener Jos Buttler performed explosively and paved the way for his team to clinch the match. India was unable to send Jos Buttler back to the pavilion as he roared on and hit his career-best score of 83 runs off 52 balls.

Captain Virat Kohli dropped Buttler on 76 and Jos Buttler continued his fiery innings as England ended the match in 18.2 overs.  England lost key batsmen Jason Roy (9) and Dawid Malan (18) pretty early to India’s bowling attack but the 77-run 3rd wicket partnership between Buttler and Jonny Bairstow fuelled England’s win. Jonny Bairstow also hit 40 runs off 25 balls and remained not out. But it was, Jos Buttler whose knock sealed the deal for the Indians.

While Rishabh Pant was heard almost every time on the stump mics guiding the bowlers whenever Buttler took the strike, skipper Kohli played a powerful innings and scored 77 not out. However, Buttler’s 83 trumped Kohli’s 77 not out as India couldn’t pose a higher target for the opposition in the Ind vs Eng 3rd T20I.

India’s bowling attack failed to deliver drastically. Chahal and Washington Sundar picked up single wickets. Chahal’s bowling figures proved costly to India once again as the senior leg spinner finished with the figure of 1-41. Yuzvendra Chahal has been facing a bit of a dry spell for almost five matches now. The bowling unit’s lack of performance added much Virat’s disappointment as he did not fail to put on a memorable show with the bat earlier today.  Apart from the bowlers, India’s fielding took a dip in the 3rd T20I as several key catches were dropped on the field.

 

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