7:00 PM IST, 18 March 2021
Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
This T20 series is going in a predictable way with every match. The team which wins the toss, wins the match. Every pitch on this ground supports bowlers in the first innings and helps the fielding side to restrict the opponent for a lower score and in the second innings there remains nothing for bowlers to create any difficulty for batsmen.
In the 3rd T20 England won the toss and as it was known they chose to ball first. England’s pace attack was up to the mark and they successfully managed to send back all the batsmen to the pavilion. Somehow Indian Skipper Virat Kohli managed to attack the mighty pace army of England and scored marvelous 77 runs off 46 balls (8 fours, 4 sixes).
In the last five overs the duo of Kohli and Hardik Pandya played remarkably and accumulated 70 runs that helped India to reach a defendable score of 156-6. Skipper went back not out while Pandya lost his wicket on the last ball of the innings at 17 off 15.
In the second innings England came to chase a not so difficult yet challenging target of 157 runs and lost it’s first wicket of Jason Roy(9) in the very third over at the score of 23. Fall of the second wicket was on 81. Jos Buttler (83) was the highest scorer of the match. Jonny Bairstow (40) and Jos Buttler built an unbeaten partnership and led to a win of 8 wickets.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Washington Sundar were quite efficient with the ball. On this kind of pitch, bowlers feel helpless in the second innings as we have seen in every match. Winning the toss is quite necessary as per the conditions. Rohit Sharma made a comeback in playing eleven but could not perform as per expectations. Rishabh Pant is in his best form but could not convert his innings in a big one.
Hopefully there is no need to make a shuffle in the team from both sides but still it is quite unpredictable to say anything for team India as management is trying younger players. Stay with us for live updates and get calculated free cricket betting tips from around the world.