England broke some pretty undesirable records in their final T20 against India

Tricia Pearson
February 2, 2017

Yuzvendra Chahal registered the best figures for an Indian bowler in the Twenty20 worldwide format as India wrapped up a 75-run win in the third game against England in Bangalore to seal the series 2-1.

EOIN MORGAN admited England were "not at the races" yesterday when they haemorrhaged eight wickets for eight runs to lose the Twenty20 worldwide series decider heavily against India in Bengaluru.

England came into the last over of their run chase needing just eight runs, but after losing two wickets, conceding a bye, and making just one run off the bat, they went down by five.

The 61-run partnership for the second wicket ended when Ben Stokes (1-32) castled Rahul in the eighth over.

On a fairly flat pitch and on a very small ground, Amit Mishra's four overs for 23 runs put India firmly in the ascendancy.

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And chasing 203, England looked well set on 119-2 after Eoin Morgan had struck three sixes in a single over. "Our batting performance was possibly the worst in the last two years, but we won't necessarily dwell too much into that", Morgan said in the post-match presentation after India clinched the T20I series 2-1 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here.

And despite losing the first T20 worldwide in Kanpur, India ultimately outplayed Morgan's charge and reiterated their prowess at home. It's only right that England's top players are getting exposed to big pressure matches and the world's best players. Former India skipper MS Dhoni led the Indian side in the nets.

So far, India's middle order has failed to click as a unit in both the games, with England seizing the advantage to restrict the hosts to below par scores.

It was a staggering capitulation, as a rotating cast of batsmen queued up to be ransacked by an attack led by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chalal, whose six for 25 are the third best figures in T20I history. Mushfiqur was caught on the boundary going for glory, before Mahmudullah went next ball, also trying to hit a boundary rather than take no-risk approach. Yuvraj Singh was dismissed for 27 of just 10 deliveries and he was followed into the hut by MS Dhoni for 56, but by then India was looking at a total in excess of 200.

"All we have to do is bat well, our batting performances haven't been that good", Virat Kohli said. He also got with man of the match and man of the series award.

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