England face Ben Stokes decision ahead of T20I decider

India are unlikely to tinker with their playing eleven

More so, the fact that it came after two ordinary outings only added to the joy of it. Rohit scored an unbeaten 100 as India won by seven wickets and took the three-match series 2-1. The groundsmen left an extra layering of grass on the wicket's top-surface and English bowlers used it amply.With the short boundaries, they used short bowling against every top-order batsman.

India rarely looked troubled in their run-chase, despite losing Shikhar Dhawan early to a superb, low catch from Ball at short fine leg. Unfortunately for India, he perished on 19 runs from just 10 balls as a result of an unbelievable effort by Chris Jordan at the mid on boundary.

Alex Hales knows he may be about to go from match-winner to instant fall-guy if England bring Ben Stokes back from injury for their Vitality IT20 series decider. Kohli and Rohit's partnership mixed patience and aggression, the two seeing off sole spinner Adil Rashid before hitting the pace bowlers to all sides of the ground.

Morgan and acting coach Paul Farbrace had a hard call to make before a ball was bowled, to accommodate the return of fit-again all-rounder Ben Stokes - and in the end it was Test captain Joe Root who was dropped. "India never really got away from us, but we struggled to take wickets (during the chase)", said Morgan.

"But it was brilliant to bounce back in a must-win game ..."

The "Hitman" had a wonderful T20I series as he scored 137 runs in three games to become the highest run-getter in the series.

Hardik returned with career best bowling figures (4/38) but England posted a challenging 198/9.

For India, while Rohit did the job with the bat, all-rounder Hardik Pandya picked up four wickets for 38 runs and was instrumental in pulling things back for India. Hales keeps making runs, Jonny Bairstow looks in terrific nick even down the order as does Jason Roy at the top while Eoin Morgan is captain.

Buttler and Roy scored 73/0 in six overs with both in-form batters smacking 10 fours and four sixes in the process.

MS Dhoni: 3/10 The former team India skipper did not contribute much with the bat scoring just 33 runs in three matches.

David Willey is in no mood to avoid any further confrontation after querying whether Bhuvneshwar Kumar was playing within the "spirit of cricket" in India's opening Vitality IT20 victory.

The 27-year-old Roy hit the first six of the match in the fourth over, a princely down the ground shot at long off before tonking Siddharth Kaul (2/35) for another maximum in the next over to show his intent. "We had to bowl wicket taking deliveries because 20 or 30 runs can be massive".

Best with the ball for Australia were Andrew Tye who took 35 for 3 from his four overs and Jhye Richardson who too 43 for 2 from his full complement. The duo helped england cross 125-run mark in the 17th over.



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