England survived Suryakumar Yadav’s blitz to avoid a clean sweep.
Suryakumar YadavA thrilling maiden century went in vain as England thrashed India by 17 runs in the high-scoring third and final T20I at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. Thanks to this victory, the hosts avoided a whitewash and lost the series 1-2. Suryakumar scored 117 from just 55, which included 14 fours and six maximums, but did not get support from the other batsmen as India finished the chase at 198/9 in pursuit of the 216-run target.
Talking about how the game unfolded, captain Jos Buttler won the toss and chose to bat first. Jason Roy and Buttler himself failed to contribute much in the third match in a row as both were dismissed for 27 and 18 runs respectively. David Malan looked very good as the left-handed batsman smashed 77 with 39 six fours and five sixes. Big-hitting Liam Livingston was also in scintillating form as he remained unbeaten on 42 off 29 with four maximums to take his side to a mammoth total of 215/7, the highest for England against India in T20 Internationals .
Chasing 216, captain Rohit made just 11 while his opening partner Rishabh Pant made just one run. Virat Kohli’s dry and lean spell was extended as he was out for just 11 after being hit with a four and a six. Shreyas Iyer managed to score 28 off 23 as Suryakumar continued to keep India in the chase. Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja failed to make an impact as they conceded six and seven runs respectively. The hosts held back and breathed a sigh of relief with Suriyakumar’s wicket in the bag. Rhys Topley won the Man of the Match award and Bhuvneshwar Kumar won the Man of the Series trophy for the 3/22 match win.
Meanwhile, here are some important stats and numbers from the 3rd T20Is between England and India:
215/7 – England registered their highest total of 215/7 against India in T20Is. Their previous record was 200/6 in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
1 – Suryakumar Yadav hit his maiden T20I century in 17 innings.
5 – Suryakumar became the fifth Indian to score a century in T20 Internationals. Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda are the other four.
1/56 – Umran Malik conceded third most runs (1/56) in T20I innings. Deepak Chahar also got a leak of 1/56 against West Indies in 2019. Yuzvendra Chahal (0/64) against South Africa in 2018 and Joginder Sharma (0/57) against England in 2007 are the top two.
119 – Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer put up India’s highest fourth-wicket partnership of 119 in T20Is. The previous best score was 107 by MS Dhoni and KL Rahul against West Indies in 2016.
9 – India now have the most centuries (9) by an individual player among T20I full members. New Zealand is in second place with eight hundred.
2 – Suryakumar posted the second highest individual score of 117 for India in the format. Rohit leads the way with his 118 against Sri Lanka in 2017.
20 – India lost their first match in 20 matches across formats under Rohit.
22 – Jos Buttler managed to score just 22 runs in three innings at an average of 7.33 in this series.
117 – Suryakumar also smashed the highest score of 117 among the full members batting at no. four or below. The previous best score was Glenn Maxwell’s 113* against India in 2019.
1 – India also lost their first match after winning 14 consecutive T20Is under Rohit as full-time captain.
4 – England posted the fourth highest score of 215/7 in T20Is played in England. Australia (248/6) against England in 2013, Pakistan (232/6) against England in 2021 and the hosts’ 221/5 against the Aussies in 2018 are the top three.
88 – Chris Jordan became the third most wickets (88) in the format. Tim Southee (111) and Lasith Malinga (107) occupy the first two positions.
2 – Suryakumar and Shreyas also registered the second-highest fourth-wicket partnership of 119 against England in T20 Internationals. The highest is 127* by Faf du Plessis and Rassie van der Dusen in 2020.
53 – England openers Jason Roy and Buttler have put on just 53 runs together in six innings in this series at a low average of 8.83.
1 – Suryakumar also registered the highest score of 117 while chasing a losing cause. KL Rahul had earlier scored 110* against Caribbean West Indies in 2016.
1 – Roy has scored 212 runs in his last 11 T20I innings at an average of 21.20 and a strike rate of 115.21 with just one half-century.