July 8, 2018 / 5:22 PM / a month ago

Masterful Rohit leads India to series win over England

BRISTOL, England (Reuters) - Rohit Sharma’s superb unbeaten century led India to a seven-wicket win over England in a run-filled third and final Twenty20 international on Sunday to earn the touring side a 2-1 victory in the series.

Cricket - England v India - Third International T20 - The Brightside Ground, Bristol, Britain - July 8, 2018 India's Rohit Sharma in action Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes

Rohit struck five sixes and 11 fours off 56 balls as India chased down their target of 199 with eight balls to spare to finish on 201-3.

England made a flying start after being put in to bat, Jason Roy (67) and Jos Buttler (34) sharing an opening stand of 94 in under eight overs,

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Roy smashed seven sixes and four fours before Alex Hales (30) and Jonny Bairstow (25) chipped in with useful contributions to lift the hosts to an imposing total of 198-9.

Unfortunately for England, the Indian batsmen also enjoyed the bright sunshine and short boundaries in Bristol.

Lokesh Rahul (19) was brilliantly caught by Chris Jordan running back from mid-on and the all-rounder took another outstanding catch to dismiss India captain Virat Kohli off his own bowling for 43.

But Rohit continued to flay the ball all around the ground with a mixture of raw power and sweet timing, finishing on 100 not out before leaving the field to a standing ovation.

The sides start a three-game one-day international series on Thursday before playing five tests.

Reporting by Ed Osmond

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