India clinch T20 series

Virat Kohli led from the front as India prevailed in a high-scoring decider, beating England by 36 runs in the final Twenty20 to complete a 3-2 series victory Saturday.

Rohit Sharma smashed 64 and Kohli remained not out on 80 to power India to 224/2, their highest total against England after being put into bat.

Dawid Malan and Jos Buttler struck half-centuries to fuel England’s chase before India’s seam bowlers took the game away from them.

Earlier, Kohli passed a fitness test and promoted himself to open the innings with deputy Rohit. One of the game’s cleanest strikers of the ball, Rohit looked in sublime form, smashing five sixes in his 34-ball blitz.

Ben Stokes ended the 94-run stand with a leg-cutter which Rohit chopped onto his stumps while attempting a pull-shot.

Suryakumar Yadav belted 32 before Chris Jordan’s athleticism and presence of mind sent him back.


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