Jason Roy recorded joint second fastest 50 for England in 23 balls    Getty Images
Jason Roy recorded joint second fastest 50 for England in 23 balls Getty Images

England managed to post a good total of 198 against India in the series decider at County Ground, Bristol. Jason Roy anchored the innings by smashing the second joint fastest half-century for England in just 23 balls. He hit 67 off just 31 balls to ensure England reach a big total. His innings included 4 fours and 7 sixes. However, after his dismissal India managed to pick up 7 wickets restricting the score under 200.

England got off to a power start with Roy and Jos Butter smashing the bowlers to every corner of the ground. Deepak Chahar who was playing his debut match leaked 13 runs off his first over. Chahar replaced Kuldeep Yadav in the side due to the green pitch at Bristol. However, the pitch did not help the swing bowlers at all. The host were wicket-less scoring 73 off the Powerplay.

It was in the 8th over of the match when Siddarth Kaul bowled Buttler out on 34(21). Kaul bowled a fuller length ball which Buttler failed to connect costing him his wicket. England crossed the triple digit figure within 10 overs when Roy smashed a massive six to Chahar. The debutant bounced back strongly with the next ball picking the wicket. Roy trying to guide the short ball faint edged it as MS Dhoni completed his 50th catch in T20Is.

Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales were the two new batsmen in the middle for England. Morgan found it hard to get the ball away and keep going. He tried to break the shackles by taking chances off Hardik Pandya. He mistimed the first ball which went high in the air and was dropped by Yuzvedra Chahal. However, he did not make full use of the opportunity as he was out trying the similar shot but this time it was Dhoni under the ball. Hales was continuing his form from the last match but was out in the same over. He too like Roy trying to guide the ball edged it to the keeper.

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow tried to keep up with the scoring rate and even managed to reach the ropes at times. However, the Indian pacers did well to pull things back. Stokes who was struggling to find the timing was eventually out in the 18th over by Hardik. Stokes mistimed the length delivery as Virat Kohli took an easy catch at long-off. Hardik stuck again after two balls dismissing Bairstow on 25. Bairstow reaching out to hit a yorker length delivery ended up edging the ball to Dhoni. Umesh Yadav then bowled David Willy in the next over off a yorker. Siddarth Kaul then took the 8th wicket for India as Dhoni became the first keeper to take 5 catches in a T20I. Dhoni then ran out Chris Jordan on the last ball of the innings.

The decision of excluding Kuldeep from the squad did not go well for India as the pacers gave away 168 runs. Chahal was wicketless but conceded only 30 runs. Umesh was the most expensive bowler leaking 48 runs. Hardik gave away 22 off his first over but then gave away 16 runs picking up 4 wickets in his next overs. Debutant Chahar also gave away 43 runs but picked the wicket of Roy.

Brief scores

England 198 for 9 in 20 overs [Jason Roy 67(34), Jos Buttler 34(21); Hardik Pandya 4-0-38-4] vs India.