By winning the third Twenty20 international, India also secured the series 2-1. England thus ended their subcontinental tour battered, befuddled and beaten in all three formats.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s maiden six-wicket haul turned things around for India as the hosts beat England by 75 runs in the third and final Twenty20 International to clinch the series 2-1 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Chasing a mammoth 203, India vs England were on track till the 13th over scoring 119/2, before Chahal’s magical spell (6/25) put the visitors on the back foot as they surrendered meekly to lose their last eight wickets for just eight runs and end on 127.
England started well with opener Jason Roy (32) and Joe Root (42) putting on 47 runs for the second wicket before the latter combined with skipper Eoin Morgan (40) and added 64 runs for the third wicket to put them in a commanding position.
But thereafter it was Chahal all the way, who triggered a collapse by sending back Morgan and Root off consecutive deliveries before pacer Jasprit Bumrah (3/14) added to their woes by striking in the very next over to dismiss wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler for a duck.
England’s batsmen were in such a hurry that it hardly took Chahal another over to take three more wickets of Ben Stokes (6), Moeen Ali (2) and Chris Jordan (0) and dash any hopes of a recovery.
Tottering at 127/9, Bumrah dismissed tail-ender Tymal Mills (0) to seal the deal in India’s favour.
India’s biggest wins in Twenty20 Internationals
|90 runs||England||Colombo RPS||2012|
|69 runs||Sri Lanka||Ranchi||2016|
From 119/2 to 127 all out – England lost their last 8 wickets for only 8 runs in 19 balls. This is the second worst 8-wicket collapse for any team in international cricket across all three formats. New Zealand lost 8 wickets for only 5 runs in a Test match way back in 1946.
Worst 8 wicket collapses in international cricket
|8/10||Sri Lanka||West Indies||Sharjah||1986||ODIs|
|8/10||Australia||South Africa||Cape Town||2011||Tests|
Young India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal initially became the first Indian bowler to record a five-wicket haul and then went on write his name in the history books by finishing with figures of 6 for 25.
Chahal is now only the second bowler after Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis to snare six wickets in an innings in T20 Internationals.
Best bowling figures in Twenty20 Internationals
|5/3||Rangana Herath||New Zealand||2014|
|5/6||Umar Gul||New Zealand||2009|
Best bowling figures by an Indian in Twenty20 Internationals
|4/8||Ravichandran Ashwin||Sri Lanka||2016|
This was India’s second highest total in T20Is batting first.
India’s highest totals in Twenty20 Internationals (batting first)