India defeated England by 75 runs in the third and deciding T20 match at M Chinaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. England won the toss and chose to bowl. The Indian batsmen made full use of a good batting pitch. With contributions from Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni and quick-fire knock by Yuvraj Singh India posted a target of 203 runs. Chasing this target, England began well and was 119 for 2, England lost 8 wickets for 8 runs. England were bowled out for 127 in 16. 3 overs.
Here’s what the captains said in the presentation ceremony.
Virat Kohli- “Coming back here after a while at Bangalore, a long time since we played at the IPL final here. The occasion demanded us to be at our very best. We lost all three tosses, similar to the test series as well and we have won all three series. Its not a bad thing when you have MS Dhoni behind the stumps and experienced players like Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh. I am taking advice from them whenever possible, they are so intelligent a lot of credit goes to them. Mishra two overs and that one over from Jordan to Yuvi that changed the momentum. It pushed us past 200 and that gave us psychological advantage. Having two leg spinners on a dry wicket, we always knew we could get few chances. Mishra started it and then Chahal took five wickets in two overs – he knows these conditions, he knows how to bowl here. I have a lot of faith in him, and he plays with a lot of confidence. He has a lot of skill and he has the character as well. I wanted to send [Dhoni] up the order, he’s the one who says he’ll come in later, that will give the team better balance. Come the big game, even in the one-day series, series decider, he stepped up, and he stepped up again today. It’s a memorable series win for us, the whole tour. It’s been a brilliant couple of months for the Indian team, going forward we know exactly what to do in each format.”
Eoin Morgan: “We made a fatal error in losing two in batsman when we were going so well. Outstanding bowling from Chahal, and India put in a performance worthy of winning the series. We could have done with myself or Joe getting 70 or 80 but it wasn’t meant to be tonight. Beautiful wicket to bat on, very small boundary, and altitude as well. We would have taken 190 at the start of the game. Our batting performance was possibly the worst in the last two years, but we won’t necessarily dwell too much into that.”