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Sharma Century sails India Towards Series win

BRISTOL: Indian stalwart opener Rohit Sharma scored a century guiding India towards the t-20 series win against a resilient England team.

Winning the toss, Indian captain Virat Kohli elected to field first in a move that almost backfired when England openers Jason Roy and Jos Butler raced to a brilliant start before Hardik Pandya applied the abrupt breaks Jason Roy scored as quick fire 67 of 31 balls which included seven sixes which equalled the record for most number of sixes scored in an t-20 innings by an English batsman.

Set to cross the 200 runs mark, Hardik Pandya proved to useful for the Indian side when he dismissed Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Baristow and the returning Ben Stokes after conceding 22 runs in his first over. The English team was restricted to a total of 198/9 in their twenty overs.

In reply, India had a strong start with Rohit Sharma scoring freely, while his partner Shikar Dawans poor form continued as he was dismissed for just 5 in what was a remarkable effort by Jake Ball. KL Rahul also got to a solid start but couldnt contribute much before being dismissed by Jake Ball for 19. Captain Kohli steadied the ship with a solid 43, as runs on the other side poured through Sharma.

Following Kohlis dismissal, Hardik Pandya was promoted up the order who scored a blitzing 33 of 14 in what a great all-round display of bat and ball. Sharma on reaching his century became the second Indian player to cross 2000 runs in the format and the second person after Colin Munro to score three international t-20 centuries. India chased down the target with 8 balls to spare.

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