India vs England, 5th T20I: Hosts pile up 224/2

Rajdeep Saha
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India vs England, 5th T20I: Hosts pile up 224/2
India vs England, 5th T20I: Hosts pile up 224/2

20 Mar 2021: India vs England, 5th T20I: Hosts pile up 224/2

Team India batted well in the fifth and final T20I against England in Ahmedabad to put up 224/2 on the board.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli added 94 runs for the opening wicket.

After Rohit's dismissal, the work was continued by Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, and Hardik Pandya.

England bowlers conceded runs aplenty on a good track.

It will be a challenging ask for them.

PP overs: Rohit and Kohli dominate the PP overs

India managed 60 runs in the first six overs as Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli scored freely.

Mark Wood, who bowled superbly in the matches prior to this, was belted for 28 runs from his two years overs.

Rohit and Kohli hit seven boundaries between them as this was the first occasion in the series where India didn't lose a wicket in PP overs.

Rohit: Rohit plays a solid innings

Rohit (64) batted with a lot of ease and played positively. He got to his groove and the shots flowed from his bat.

Rohit took the initiative and played an aggressive innings which allowed Kohli to support him from the other end.

Rohit brought up his 23rd T20I fifty.

Notably, he clocked a strike rate of 188.24.

He hit four fours and five sixes.

Kohli: Kohli does well, brings up 28th career T20I fifty

Kohli (80*) hit his 28th career T20I fifty and a third in the series. The 32-year-old took the onus on himself to open the innings and play a crucial knock.

After supporting Rohit, Kohli added another 49-run stand alongside Suryakumar, who upped the ante.

Most importantly, this was a mature innings from Kohli, who rotated the strike well.

He shared three vital partnerships.

Duo: Surya presents his case with a 32-run cameo, Pandya excels

After hitting 57 in the previous T20I, Suryakumar showed his brilliance once again.

He came in and was on top of his game from the start.

He hit a 17-ball 32, registering three fours and two sixes.

Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya was at his absolute best.

He helped India finish on a strong note and played some gorgeous shots.

Fact: Mark Wood and Chris Jordan conceded 110 runs between them

Mark Wood conceded runs aplenty in this game. After claiming five scalps in three matches in the series, Wood went wicketless. He also gave away 53 runs from four overs. Meanwhile, Chris Jordan was hit all over the park. He gave away 57 runs.