How Rohit Sharma guided India to T20 cricket series win against England

India got off to a winning start on their England tour

Rohit Sharma backed up the heroics of pace bowler Hardik Pandya by hitting 100 not out as India clinched the T20 global series at Bristol.

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Rohit Sharma was the star of the show in Bristol as he hit an unbeaten century off just 56 balls, including five sixes and 11 fours. Both Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul struggled to get going against the short deliveries, while Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina looked ill at ease.

K.L. Rahul (19) then made his way into the crease and joined Rohit to play some glorious shots to keep the required run rate under check and the scoreboard ticking. Despite that, India were on course with 70 on board for 2 wickets at the end of powerplay. The right-handed batsman scored a century in the opening game before failing to score in other two games.

He and Hardik Pandya closed out the match with eight balls to spare. Thereafter, skipper Virat Kohli (43) and Rohit shared an 89-run partnership for the third wicket. The Indian captain began to gain in confidence as he hit another six off Plunkett before he fell victim of Jordan in the 15th over, caught and bowled by the bowler in a soft dismissal.

Leaving their previous mistakes behind which they committed in the first T20I, the English bowlers came accurate with the line and length as they struck at regular intervals to deny the visitors post a challenging total on batting-friendly wicket.

"During the break, we didn't talk about being 20-30 runs short". That apart, England had an excellent day on the field, taking three quick Indian wickets and getting Virat Kohli just when it seemed he would cut loose.

"He took three wickets in four balls today and deceived us".

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Dhoni and Hardik Pandya (12 not out) then added 32 runs off 17 balls, with 22 runs coming off the last over from Ball.

England's leading Test wicket-taker James Anderson remarked that it was "not a day to be a bowler" as both sides made hay on a good pitch with short boundaries.

The reason for the fantastic start was down to Sharma as a couple of overs after the power play, he brought up his half-century from 28 balls.

Credit has to be given to India's bowlers, who recovered well from a chastening start. In the 14th over, Chahal missed a chance to dismiss Eoin Morgan (then on 4), failing to latch onto a high catch at cover only to end up banging his head on the ground.

In order to ensure that the good work done in the first match doesn't go to waste, India will have to continue their dominance. Dhoni completed the catch this time around.

Hales was included in the side in place of injured all-rounder Ben Stokes, but on current form, it will be tough to leave him out.

Ball, though, conceded 22 off the last over, including a wide and a no-ball that went through to the boundary for five as India finished with a mediocre total of 148-5.

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