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India vs England: Key stats from 3rd T20I in Ahmedabad

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The England cricket team humbled India by eight wickets in the third T20 International to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series at the Motera Stadium on Tuesday.

After a fine display of fast bowling from pacers Mark Wood (3/31) and Chris Jordan (2/35) helped the visitors restrict India to 156/6, England rode on a scintillating knock from opener Jos Buttler (83 off 52 balls) to chase down the target convincingly in 18.2 overs.

Interestingly, this was only the second time when an English batsman has scored 50% or more runs of the team total.

Player Runs Run % Opposition Ground Match Date
Jos Buttler 83* 52.53 v India Ahmedabad 16 March 2021
Luke Wright 99* 50.51 v Afghanistan Colombo (RPS) 21 September 2012

Buttler’s 83 is also the sixth-highest individual score by an England batsman while chasing a target in the T20Is.

Player Runs SR Opposition Ground Start Date
Alex Hales 116* 181.25 v Sri Lanka Chattogram 27 March 2014
David Malan 99* 210.63 v South Africa Cape Town 01 December 2020
Alex Hales 99 145.58 v West Indies Nottingham 24 June 2012
Joe Root 90* 183.67 v Australia Southampton 29 August 2013
Jonny Bairstow 86* 179.16 v South Africa Cape Town 27 November 2020
Jos Buttler 83* 159.61 v India Ahmedabad 16 March 2021
Joe Root 83 188.63 v South Africa Mumbai 18 March 2016

Earlier, India cricket team captain Virat Kohli had played a magnificent inning as he slammed an unbeaten 77 off just 46 balls to help the hosts reach a fighting total of 156/6 in their 20 overs. His score of 77 not out is now the third-highest individual score by an Indian batsman against England in the shortest format of the game.

Player Runs Ground Start Date
KL Rahul 101* Manchester 03 July 2018
Rohit Sharma 100* Bristol 08 July 2018
Virat Kohli 77* Ahmedabad 14 March 2021
Virat Kohli 73* Ahmedabad 16 March 2021
KL Rahul 71 Nagpur 29 January 2017

Team India was once again off to a horrible start as they were reduced to 24 for three in the batting powerplay with KL Rahul (0), Rohit Sharma (15), and Ishan Kishan (4) back in the pavilion. 

India’s score of 24/3 is now the joint third-lowest score for the hosts in the T20Is.

Match Total Runs Wickets
Match 4, India vs. Pakistan, 27 Feb 2016 21 3
Match 1, India vs England, 12 Mar 2021 22 3
Match 3, India vs England, 16 Mar 2021 24 3
Match 15, Australia vs. India, 07 May 2010 24 4
Super 10 - Match 19, India vs. Pakistan, 19 Mar 2016 28 3

Virat Kohli-led India will have a chance to level the series when they take on England in the fourth T20I on Thursday, March 18.

Feature image courtesy: Jewel SAMAD / AFP

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