By Michael Stafford-Jones

  • KL Rahul’s century guides India to easy eight-wicket victory in first match
  • Alex Hales hits unbeaten fifty to help England win second match by five wickets
  • Rohit Sharma blazes brilliant 100 to take India to series triumph
BRISTOL, ENGLAND – Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul score centuries as India earn narrow 2-1 series win over England in the Twenty20 International series.





Jason Roy – 7/10 – Made up for not capitalising on two starts with a superb innings of 67 from 31 balls in the third match.

Jos Buttler – 7/10 – Started the series in fine style with 69 from 46 balls. However, England needed more from him than 14 and 34 in the other two matches.

Alex Hales – 7/10 – Scored a brilliant 58 under intense pressure to take England to victory in the second T20. Also hit a useful 30 in the third match but failed in the first.

Eoin Morgan – 3/10 – It was a series to forget for the captain as he scored just 30 runs in 3 innings and could not find a way to stifle India’s leading batsmen in two of the three matches.

Jonny Bairstow – 5/10 – Hit useful quickfire cameos of 28 and 25 in matches two and three when England needed rapid runs.

Ben Stokes – 3/10 – Came into the side for the third match and made a good start but got out for 14 when he was going for a big shot.

David Willey – 7/10 – He was England’s best bowler during a lean series as he took a wicket in each match and had a respectable economy rate. His blistering cameo of 29 not out from 15 balls in the opening match was important too.

Liam Plunkett – 4/10 – He was poor in the first match (0-42 in 4 overs), good in the second (1-17 in 4) and terrible in the third (0-42 in 3).

Chris Jordan – 4/10 – Bowled well without reward in the first T20, then struggled in the next two. He took a brilliant diving catch and a sharp caught-and-bowled in the third match.

Adil Rashid – 6/10 – He was the only England bowler who consistently kept the run rate under control. He dismissed Sharma in the first match and Suresh Raina in the second.

Jake Ball – 3/10 – Although he removed Sharma in the first T20 and Rahul in the second, the seamer never managed to stop the Indian batsmen from smashing his bowling to all parts of the grounds.

Joe Root – 1/10 – He is still yet to find his form and scored just nine runs in two innings. Dropped for the third T20.

Moeen Ali – 0/10 – After he went for 37 runs in 2.2 overs in the first match, Moeen was justifiably dropped.



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Rohit Sharma – 9/10 – His stunning unbeaten century powered India to victory in the third T20. He also made a useful thirty in the first game.

Shikhar Dhawan – 1/10 – Made 19 runs in three innings.

KL Rahul – 9/10 – He hit a sensational 101 from 54 balls in the first match, but could not repeat those heroics in the next two.

Virat Kohli – 7/10 – Made three good contributions (47, 43 and 20 not out) without ever going on to a major score. He devised some effective strategies to get England’s batsmen out too.

Suresh Raina – 5/10 – Scored 27 from 20 balls in his only innings in the series.

Hardik Pandya – 8/10 – He decimated England’s middle order in the third game with 4-38 and then smashed 33 from 14 balls to finish the run chase. He also took wickets in the other two games.

MS Dhoni – 7/10 – Hit unbeaten 32 from 24 balls in his only innings and kept well throughout the series. He became the first-ever player to take five catches in a T20I innings during the third match.

Yuzvendra Chahal – 6/10 – Only took one wicket during the series but maintained a good economy rate.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 6/10 – He was very expensive in the first match (0-45 in 4 overs) but much better in the second (1-18 in 3.4).

Umesh Yadav – 8/10 – Out-bowled England’s seamers as he took 2-21 in the first T20 and 2-36 in the second. A return of 1-48 from 4 overs in the third match slightly ruined his good series.

Kuldeep Yadav – 8/10 – Obliterated England’s batting order when he took 5-24 in the first match. Did not take a wicket in the second match and was then left out to accommodate an extra seamer in the third T20.

Siddarth Kaul – 7/10 – Brought in for the third game and justified his selection with the wickets of Buttler and Plunkett during his spell of 2-35 from 4 overs.


England’s First One-Day International against India begins at Trent Bridge on Thursday 12th July at 12.30pm.


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