Rohit ton, Pandya career-best give India T20I honours

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Umesh Yadav bowled straight and fast; Bhuvneshwar Kumar basically bowled four bad ball (unfortunately, at the wrong time); Chahal and Kuldeep bowled smartly till Hales went after them; and Hardik Pandya lived up to expectations for the second time in the series.

A lofted drive from Pandya, who made an unbeaten 33 from 14 balls, secured an impressive victory from India in front of a packed crowd.

The bowlers had their moments, certainly.

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. He's confident with his skills with both bat and ball.

KL Rahul (19) came in and looked in the kind of form that brought him a century in the series opener at Old Trafford, only for a staggering catch from Chris Jordan, sprinting back from mid-on and diving, to cut his innings short. He was there with centurion Rohit Sharma when India needed to pull themselves out of a brief slowdown when the 15th and 16th over produced seven runs and the wicket of Virat Kohli.

Deepak Chahar (1/43) - making his global debut in place of injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar - did not start off well, going for 13 runs with Buttler hitting him for three fours.

"India were probably on top of their game today, and we weren't - and we were just short".

"We expect that from him - I haven't see anyone hit the ball like Rohit Sharma". Pacer Deepak Chahar, who was handed his first global T20I cap, went for plenty of runs but was instrumental in claiming Roy's wicket.

The Indian vice-captain made a target of 199 look ridiculously easy on a small Bristol ground after the visiting bowlers did a commendable job at the back end to restrict the hosts to a sub-par score.

It was also important to remain calm and not panic, Rohit pointed out.

England will feel they missed their opportunity with the bat after Roy and Jos Buttler got off to a blistering start by adding 94 inside eight overs. Roy completed his half-century.

India has played the first match well.

Roy became debutant pacer Deepak Chahar's maiden worldwide dismissal but not before his 31-ball 67 had pulverized India's bowling attack and put England in control. India reasoned they wanted a team for the day and not based on history. Hardik finished with figures of 4/38 while Siddarth Kaul ended up with 2/35 in his four overs.

During the game, MS Dhoni got his name registered in the history books becoming the first wicket-keeper to take 50 catches in T20s and also the first keeper to take 5 catches in a single T20 match.

At the halfway stage, England were 111/2 but Pandya then dented England's surge as Morgan top-edged a back of a length delivery which Dhoni smothered, clattering the stumps in his follow through, and Hales was caught behind. The execution wasn't up to scratch.



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