AHMEDABAD – Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma powered India to their best ever Twenty20 score against England as they clinched the series 3-2 with a convincing 36-run win on Saturday.
India captain Kohli hit an unbeaten 80 and shared an opening stand of 94 with Sharma, who made a blistering 64, as India reached 224 for two in an empty stadium in Ahmedabad.
After losing Jason Roy on the second ball of the innings, Dawid Malan made 68 and Jos Buttler 52 off 34 deliveries. But England could not keep up the chase and finished on 188 for eight.
Indian seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who bowled Roy for a duck, returned magnificent figures of 2-15 to be named man of the match.
The win was an important confidence boost for India before they host the T20 World Cup in October. They have won or drawn their last eight series.
Kohli said the result showed what India, just behind top-ranked England in the world T20 international rankings, can do when they are “firing”.
“I think it was a complete game for us, totally outplayed the opposition even with so much dew coming in,” said Kohli.
England captain Eoin Morgan admitted: “India outplayed us in the big moments of the game.” For the second straight match, Morgan won the toss and saw India’s batters surge ahead.
– Jordan stunner – Kohli promoted himself to the opening slot with Sharma and the pair took advantage of a good batting wicket to help India past their previous best of 218 against England at the 2007 World Twenty20 in Durban.