BANGALORE, Feb. 2: Yuzvendra Chahal triggered a dramatic collapse as England lost their last eight wickets in the space of just 18 balls to be bowled out for 127 with India recording a big 75-run win to clinch the final T20I and the three-match series 2-1 in Bengaluru on Wednesday. This is India's first ever bilateral series win in the format over England.
Chahal finished with career-best 6/25, the best figures by an Indian bowler and third overall in T20Is, after Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni struck fifties to power India to a huge 202/6.
With three sixes off Raina in one over, captain Eoin Morgan had given the necessary push to England chase. They were going strong at 117/2 and needed 86 from 42. Virat Kohli turned to Chahal and the move spelled doom for the visitors.
On 40, Morgan slog swept a googly from Chahal to deep midwicket where debutant Rishab Pant completed his first international catch moments after being involved in a fielding mishap with Yuvraj Singh. Next ball, another set batsman Joe Root (42) was trapped lbw. With 119/4, Kohli saw an opening and immediately called death over specialist Jasprit Bumrah. He responded with the scalp of big-hitting Jos Buttler for a duck. England had lost half their side and still needed 80 runs from the last five overs.
Chahal pulled the shutter down and locked it for good in his next over picking three wickets that included Moeen Ali (2), Ben Stokes (6) and Chris Jordan (0). England came crashing down to the depths of 127/8 and Burmah wiped off the tail finishing with 3/14.
Chahal, the star of the night, became the first Indian bowler to record a five-for in T20Is as India produced an all-round performance although there were two minor blips in fielding which fortunately didn't cost them much.
Before the bowlers took the centrestage, it was Raina (63) and Dhoni (56) who struck fifties to power India to a huge total. Not to forget was Yuvraj blockbuster cameo of 27 runs in which he blasted three sixes in one over of Jordan.
Trusting his batsmen, Morgan opted to chase after making the right call at the coin toss for the third time in the series. Thanks to a terrible mix-up, England tasted early success with Kohli going for a non-existent single to be run out for 2 in the second over.
For England that wicket was a lucky break considering what happened next. Raina and KL Rahul made full use of the batting friendly conditions to take the score past 50-run mark within the Powerplay overs - the first time in the series by either side. It was expected at this venue considering its notoriety for being a batsman's paradise.
Raina, a little circumspect to start, got into his groove with an inside-out shot over covers for a six and Rahul followed with two consecutive fours to welcome Liam Plunkett in the third over.
Stokes took out Rahul for 22, although replay showed he had overstepped. But this wasn't Nagpur where a sluggish track and timely strikes would stifle the run rate.
Dhoni walked ahead of Yuvraj and with a Raina, set India for a late flourish.
Adil Rashid dropped Raina on 47 off the first delivery of his second over. Dhoni then deposited his googly over long-on region for his first six and Raina recorded his first T20I fifty in seven years with a slowgswept six in the same over.
Raina was out for 63 and then Dhoni stepped up. Stokes, the only English bowler to escape without conceding a six, was clattered for two fours in the 17th over. That was just the beginning as then began the Yuvraj show. He picked Jordan, England's death-over specialist, as his target, clattering three sixes and a four in his successive deliveries. A total of 24 runs came in it. But Tymal Mills put brakes on his assault with a slower delivery in the next over with Yuvraj playing an awkward shot to be out caught behind.
Dhoni completed his first fifty and was joined by Pant who became the youngest Indian to play T20Is. The 19-year-old ended the over with a four through short fine leg.
Despite being at the wrong end of the carnage in his previous over, Jordan came to bowl the final and that too proved to be an expensive one despite the wicket of Dhoni for 56. 16 runs came in it as India plundered 70 runs from the last five overs.
England's innings began in a similar fashion as that of India's. They lost an early wicket in Sam Billings, went past 50 runs in the Powerplay. And were still in the hunt with Root and Morgan stitching 64-run stand for the third wicket but Chahal, who had earlier missed out on an easy run out opportunity, was on a mission to redeem himself. England were bowled out in 16.3 overs with the legspinner more than making up for that error while creating an India record.
Brief Scores: India 202/6 (Suresh Raina 63, MS Dhoni 56; Tymal Mills 1/32, Ben Stokes 1/32) beat England (Joe Root 42, Eoin Morgan 40; Yuzvendra Chahal 6/25) by 75 runs.(TOI)
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