Virat Kohli’s sparkle wasn’t sufficient to paper over an otherwise inefficient Indian batting efficiency as England humbled the hosts by 8 wickets in the 3rd T20 International to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series, here on Tuesday.
Eoin Morgan unleashed his fast bowlers Mark Wood (3/31) and Chris Jordan (2/35) to restrict the hosts for 156 for six, which the visitors went beyond easily in 18.2 overs, riding on Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 83 off 52 balls.Skipper Kohli had actually erroneously stated at the toss that his group led 2-1 however Morgan, in his 100th T20 International look, made certain that opposite happened.Buttler showed his proficiency in white ball format after Kohli single-handedly carried the group to a sensible score with an unbeaten 77 off 46 balls.Buttler in the Powerplay caught Shardul Thakur and Yuzvendra Chahal in successive overs and England were never in risk of falling behind the run-rate after that.He played the pacers and spinners with comforting ease, playing reverse slog sweeps interspersed between the lofted straight hits into the empty stands. In all, Buttler hit 5 fours and 4 sixes.More than the Buttler’s blade, the difference between 2 sides was the large speed created by England pacers after Morgan won another excellent toss.Mark Wood rocked the Indian top order throughout the Powerplay overs and even Kohli’s splendor wasn’t good enough to save the night for the ‘Guy In Blue’. Wood’s thunderbolts at 90 plus miles per hour found the younger Indian batsmen in substantial discomfort.He didn’t do anything additional however bowled quick and straight, blending the well disguised short pitched things to get them into a tangle.Save Kohli, other Indian children found it hard to put bat to ball as rate and bounce off the pitch worked wonders for English speed merchants.The Indian skipper with his near ideal technique combated fire with fire, playing pull shots and the lofted hits, shuffling towards leg stump to make room for himself.He was fortunate when his mis-timed flick off a brief ball from Jofra Archer brought him a six but then the 2nd flick off Chris Jordan was completely dispatched to the longest corner for a maximum.But the shot of the night was a straight six off Wood, that made the bowler take his time to complete the over. Not to forget the shape which he remained in while performing a ramp shot off Archer.His collaboration with Hardik Pandya (17 off 15 balls) fetched 70 run simply 5.3 overs but it was all about Kohli for the much better part as the Baroda all-rounder was struggling to time the ball.But others were not so lucky with Wood making life unpleasant for them.KL Rahul (0) was when again in the midst of a forgettable spot where all the good shipments were being earmarked for him.Wood bowled one at 91 mph, that pitched on length and nipped back adequate to breach through the opener’s defence before he could bring his bat down.Rohit Sharma (15 off 17 balls) was playing his first game of the series and while he handled to read Adil Rashid’s googlies well, Wood’s well directed bouncer got him as he was holed out in the deep.Ishan Kishan (4 ), after a dream debut, got a hostile welcome from Wood, who handled to soften the Jharkhand dasher.The outcome was Chris Jordan extracting extra bounce and the ill-timed pull shot bringing Kishan’s failure as the hosts searched in total chaos.