Rohit Sharma's Ton, Hardik Pandya's Four-Wicket Haul Powers India to Victory

India's Kuldeep Yadav in action against England in the second T20 in Cardiff

India's Kuldeep Yadav in action against England in the second T20 in Cardiff

The Indian team should whitewash the hosts to replace England in the ODI rankings.

Both teams now head to Trent Bridge for the first one-day global of a five-match series between the two sides which begins on Thursday.

How ineffective the bowling, how short England were of a par score, was all evident in how all the three wickets fell to exceptional catches. the pick of the lot was the third one as Chris Jordan hung on a Kohli shot drilled back at him in his follow-through. But while the home team's slide started at this stage, India overcame the sluggish phase and marched ahead of England's respective score to consistently bring down the required rate and the pressure, if any.

Farbrace, England's assistant coach, also believes the hard-nosed manner in which Root was axed by limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan will help the Yorkshireman develop a more ruthless streak when it comes to his captaincy of the Test team.

A long tour of England can bring contingencies, and India responded gloriously to the first of those to maintain their clean sheet in T20I bilateral series of three matches. The series was level at 1-1 and pressure was on both teams to overpower each other at Bristol. England, on the other hand, will run up a lead of 10 points at the top of the table if they win by the same margin, the ICC said in a release.

Put in to bat by captain Virat Kohli, England posted 198 for 9.

MS Dhoni: 3/10 The former team India skipper did not contribute much with the bat scoring just 33 runs in three matches. In between, Bairstow seemed determined to take England past the 200 mark but Pandya most definitely put paid to those efforts with another double-wicket over, also accounting for Ben Stokes's wicket.

Earlier, it was Pandya who hauled the visitors back into the game after openers Jos Buttler (34; 21b; 7x4) and Roy gave England a flying start.

A poor series for India's leading pacer. Chasing 199 for victory, Rohit remained not out on 100 off 56 balls, and including 11 fours and five sixes. He then scored 32 in the 2nd T20I before smashing a century in the third T20I game at Bristol.

But India's strength in depth meant the runs just kept coming. Kaul (2/35) bowled a quicker, fuller delivery and Buttler missed as he was bowled. Dhoni took a simple catch.

Pandya bowled poorly in his first spell, against the field set by his captain as he was taken for two fours and two sixes, but returned later to impact the English middle order. Pandya was not done yet, as he had Alex Hales (30) caught behind too.

That was just the flawless platform for a middle-order that boasted of Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow.

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