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RESULT
3rd T20I (N), Ahmedabad, March 16, 2021, England tour of India
156/6
(18.2/20 ov, T:157) 158/2

England won by 8 wickets (with 10 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
83* (52)
jos-buttler
ENG
Full commentary

11pm Thumping win for England in Morgan's 100th T20I. That's all she wrote for today. Andrew Miller's report will tell you the full story of the evening. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did bringing it to you. Be back for the fourth T20I on March 18. Until then, this is Deivarayan Muthu signing off for Chandan Duorah. Stay safe and take care.

Buttler, Man of the Match: It was nice to spend time in the middle and I always like to not out at the end. Every time you get early wickets in the powerplay, it sets you up. It just felt like a good time to attack [at the top]. It was nice to chance my arm a bit. The first six off got me up and running and gave me confidence. I just tried to get across what a special achievement it is to get to 100 matches, being the first English [men's] player to do that.

Morgan: When you look at conditions tonight, Adil started well and when the pacers came on, the carry that we saw was a bit of a surprise for us. I thought the first half of our bowling was exceptional. The wicket stayed similar, throughout all the games, and if you lose early wickets at the top that raises a question. It's just a dynamic of T20 cricket. There is no need. Jos is a world-class player and he has averaged upwards of 50 and striking at 150 at the top. There's very little you have to say to Jos. He's been in incredible form and he's a great leader within our group. It nearly got me to tears [getting the 100th cap from Buttler]. He's a great friend of mine and our families are close. His words warmed my heart and I'm very grateful for that.

Kohli: If that [my innings] helps the team, then for sure (happy with your innings?) You don't want to play knocks that don't help the team. The pitch was tacky, but they [England] had extra pace and hit good areas. The key was partnerships and we had one little partnership. Even Hardik [Pandya] in the first half, it was not easy to hit through the line. The case was to get set and get us to a decent total. Well, I was going through a lean patch two games ago. He's [Rahul's] a champion player and he'll continue to be one of our main batters along with Rohit. T20 is an instinctive game and once a few shots come off... It is [toss is a factor], but if you lose the toss, embrace what has been asked from you. The England bowlers attacked right lines and lengths and with their pace they became more potent. We lacked intensity in the second half. We want to give Hardik a bit more responsibility with the ball; we know what he can do with the bat.

10.25pm Bairstow pumps his fist and Morgan, featuring in his 100th T20I, celebrates with his team-mates in the dug out. For a brief while, Kohli sizzed, but otherwise England have bossed their way to a 2-1 series lead. The returning Wood set the speed gun on fire once again, combining with Jordan to rattle India in the powerplay. Buttler then showed India how it's done in the powerplay and pressed on to 83* off 52 balls - his career-best T20 score. I'll bring you the presentations shortly.

Wood: The two pitches I've played on have a bit of bounce and I enjoyed those conditions. My role in the team is to try and bang it on a good length and make something happen. Kohli's a fantastic player and very hard to bowl at and he played some great shots in the end. It's good to play against great players and test yourself. We have some fantastic death bowlers - Archer and Jordan - but I can do the role. It's a shame I went [for runs] in the last over, but credit to Virat. It's something both teams like to chase. If we still bat first, I'll back our players, just like India will. We have some fantastic players. We always get this question (who is faster: you or Archer? Me and Jofra have a friendly competition and obviously he's very fast as well.

Shailesh Rana: "Chahal got hit a lot in the two matches apart from the one he won for us in Aus. In this series his stats are 44-1, 34-1 and 41-1. So I don't think he's just having an off-night."

Sampath has another nugget for you

Highest scores by wicketkeepers in T20I chases:

89 - Mohammad Rizwan vs NZ, Napier, 2020

84* - Tim Seifert vs PAK, Hamilton, 2020

83* - Jos Buttler vs IND, Ahmedabad, Today

18.2
4
Thakur to Bairstow, FOUR runs

slower-ball bouncer outside off, YJB leans back and slaps it over point to ping the square boundary and seal England's victory

Obaid: "Surprisingly no yorkers from Bhuvi...but very economical though" --- Quite tough to execute yorkers in these dewy conditions

18.1
4
Thakur to Bairstow, FOUR runs

short and outside off, 141.4ks, YJB lines it up and thrashes it away to the wide long-on boundary

end of over 189 runs
ENG: 150/2CRR: 8.33 RRR: 3.50
Jos Buttler83 (52)
Jonny Bairstow32 (26)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-27-0
Shardul Thakur 3-0-28-0
17.6
Bhuvneshwar to Buttler, no run

short on middle, fended back to Kumar

17.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to Bairstow, 1 run

heaved away to deep midwicket

17.4
1
Bhuvneshwar to Buttler, 1 run

back of a length and outside off, strongly punched out to sweeper cover

17.3
1
Bhuvneshwar to Bairstow, 1 run

shortish and outside off, seam-up, forced down to long-on

17.2
4
Bhuvneshwar to Bairstow, FOUR runs

YJB pulls out a trick shot and falls on the floor. On a length and outside off, he jumps across off, having pre-meditated and scoops it away to the right of Thakur at long leg. He loses his shape but sends this knuckle ball to the fence

Vysakh : "Give it a rest guys.. Chahal is just having an off night like stokes in the previous one"

17.1
2
Bhuvneshwar to Bairstow, 2 runs

shortish and outside off, punched down to the right of long-on as they jog across for a double. Slower-ball offcutter from Kumar

end of over 179 runs
ENG: 141/2CRR: 8.29 RRR: 5.33
Jonny Bairstow24 (22)
Jos Buttler82 (50)
Shardul Thakur 3-0-28-0
Washington Sundar 4-0-26-1
16.6
1
Thakur to Bairstow, 1 run

another slower variation, 116.2ks, short and wide outside off, forced through point

NethraReya: "With Bumrah, Nattu and Varun in, story could've been a lot different. So don't lose hope guys. We will have them ready for the WC. "

16.5
Thakur to Bairstow, no run

back of a length and outside off, jabbed away to the left of short cover

16.4
1
Thakur to Buttler, 1 run

Thakur slams it into a hard length outside off, squirted to the covers

Shubham Agarwal: "India's fielding has been quite poor by the standards they set frankly. Yes they are winning and in top 2-3 teams across formats. But they are making too many blunders in the field. People dropping catches frequently, midfields etc.."

16.3
1
Thakur to Bairstow, 1 run

slower short delivery outside off, diverted away to the leg side

16.2
2
Thakur to Bairstow, 2 runs

Chahal's night gets worse. He runs in from third man, slides, and drops this skier. Shortish and outside off, cross-seamer, carved away in the air, and Chahal makes a mess of this chance. He barely got a fingertip to it

Belper John: "Tremlett and Tredwell taking a bit of a hit today. Looks like the WI Legends have chased down a decent total. Mr Lara didn't even get a bat?"

16.1
4
Thakur to Bairstow, FOUR runs

back of a length and at off stump, YJB looks to pull over midwicket. The ball skids onto take the top edge and roll away into the third-man fence

Doosra: "@Akum: I have to disagree. It is not the lack of s sixth bowler here but the lack of sufficient runs on the board to derail England."

end of over 165 runs
ENG: 132/2CRR: 8.25 RRR: 6.25
Jos Buttler81 (49)
Jonny Bairstow16 (17)
Washington Sundar 4-0-26-1
Yuzvendra Chahal 4-0-41-1

Saoirse: "That's Jos' highest score in T20Is. LJB and YJB seeing this home"

15.6
2
Sundar to Buttler, 2 runs

pushed through on middle and leg, 102.3ks, worked away behind square

15.5
Sundar to Buttler, no run

seam-up dart outside off, clubbed across the line to midwicket

Simon Appleby: "That's Buttler's highest score in this format! Can he finally get to three figures?"

15.4
1
Sundar to Bairstow, 1 run

dug into a hard length on middle, forced down to long-on

Akum: "This just shows how important a 6th bowling option is especially in T20s"

15.3
1
Sundar to Buttler, 1 run

on a length and outside off, Buttler opens the bat-face and manipulates it behind point

15.2
1
Sundar to Bairstow, 1 run

shorter and slides on outside off, hauled away to deep midwicket

15.1
Sundar to Bairstow, no run

length-ball offbreak, Washington gets a bit of extra bounce and flicks the thigh pad

England need 30 off 30 balls with eight wickets in hand