India hammered England by 36 runs in the deciding fifth match Saturday to clinch their Twenty20 series 3-2.
Chasing a mammoth 225 for victory, England managed just 188 for eight in 20 overs despite a 68 from Dawid Malan. Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned impressive figures of 2-15 in Ahmedabad.
The series saw the rise of stars like Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav on the international stage, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar too made a memorable comeback, finishing with figures of 2/15 in the fifth T20I.
Rohit Sharma (64) and skipper Virat Kohli (80 not out) set up the win with a blazing opening stand of 94 as India reached 224-2 to set a new best T20 score against England after being made to bat first.
In reply, Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan built a 130-run stand after Jason Roy's dismissal, but England suffered a collapse, losing Jonny Bairstow, Malan and skipper Eoin Morgan.
The two teams will now play three one-day international in Pune on 23, 26 and 28 March.
Here's how Twitteratti reacted to India clinching the series:
Lots of positives from an all-round Team India!
Like the Test series, great fightback by India to win the series after being 1-0 down. Complete all round effort. But enjoyed watching Surya Kumar Yadav Bat and Bhuvi's comeback was spectacular. Well done Team India#INDvENG pic.twitter.com/3QSrRr8CwV
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 20, 2021
Tests and T20Is done, off to ODIs next!
Victorious in the longest format
Victorious in the shortest format
— DK (@DineshKarthik) March 20, 2021
Will it be (finally) RCB's year?
Virat Kohli will open in IPL as well.
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) March 20, 2021
All hail Team India!
No Bumrah. No Shami. No Jadeja. No Rohit in the first couple of games. No Problem. Against the Number 1 side in the world. Losing the toss...and winning the game. Twice. Take a bow, Team India #IndvEng
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 20, 2021
Team India just can't be beaten, can they?
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 20, 2021
A major threat in the T20 World Cup!
India have adapted brilliantly in this series ... the better team have won ... Add @Jaspritbumrah93 & @imjadeja to this team in Indian conditions & they are favourites to win the T20 World Cup ... Great series to watch .. #INDvsENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 20, 2021
Raina couldn't be more proud!
What a GREAT win Team India You boys put up a great show throughout the series Big congratulations on the series win. Way to go. Jai Hind #INDvENG @BhuviOfficial you beauty ❤️✅ @BCCI pic.twitter.com/z8HehwtdoO
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) March 20, 2021
Depth in the bench= Key to winning?
Congratulations #TeamIndia on winning the T20I series.
Terrific performance with the bat today and some phenomenal strokeplay!
The bench strength is immense & this team should definitely do well in the T20I WC later this year!!#INDvENG pic.twitter.com/qdD95XNBv0
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) March 20, 2021
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