Virat Kohli and his teammates have been absolutely pathetic and shambolic on the field during the third T20I against England. The match took place at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. There were misfields, dropped catch and so on.
Earlier, England won the first game by 8 wickets and took a 1-0 lead in the series. However, Team India bounced back in the second game. The hosts won the second encounter by 7 wickets to level the series 1-1.
Coming to the third T20I, England captain Eoin Morgan, in his 100th T20I, won the toss and opted to bowl first. The visitors bowled really well and didn’t let the hosts take control over the game. In the end, India could score 156/6 in 20 overs.
Indian captain Virat Kohli was the pick of the batsmen as he chipped in with 77 off 46 balls. The skipper struck as many as 8 boundaries and 4 maximums at a strike-rate of 167.39. Rishabh Pant looked good for his 25 off 20 including 3 fours.
Unfortunately, he was run out at the wrong time. England bowlers got back into the game. Mark Wood got rid of three Indian batsmen namely Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, and Shardul Thakur. On the other hand, Chris Jordan removed Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya.
Virat Kohli loses his calm at Shardul Thakur
Indian captain Virat Kohli was not really pleased with the team’s fielding efforts. The body language in the second half of the game has been really pathetic. Defending 157, the entire team lacked intensity, passion, and energy.
England’s opener Jos Buttler stole the show with sensational batting. When things didn’t go as per the plan, Kohli looked visibly frustrated most of the time. The skipper lost his cool at Shardul Thakur and even abused him for his mistake.
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The shocking incident happened during the 12th over when England was batting at 98/2 with Buttler and Bairstow at the crease. The visitors looked quite comfortable during the run-chase. While India was finding a way to break England’s confidence, there came an opportunity in the form of a run-out.
Meanwhile, Shardul Thakur who was patrolling from the deep collected the ball and made a wayward throw. Shardul’s accurate throw would have put the English batsmen in big trouble. However, that wasn’t meant to be.
Soon after the opportunity goes begging, Virat Kohli lost his cool over Shardul Thakur’s lazy fielding effort. He even uttered an offensive word. After that, Kohli dropped a catch and gave life to Jos Buttler while he was on 76.
The wicketkeeper-batsman attempted a reverse sweep but failed to find the right gap. In doing so, Indian captain dropped the catch at point. This literally summed up Team India’s fielding performance in Ahmedabad.
England take 2-1 lead in the series
Jos Buttler was named the man of the match for his unbeaten 83 off 52 balls including 5 fours and 4 sixes. On the other hand, Jonny Bairstow scored 40 off 28 balls with the help of 5 fours. England won the game by 8 wickets and took a 2-1 lead in the series.