India vs England, 3rd T20I (N), Bengaluru, Feb 1 2017, England tour of India
Match Result: India won by 75 runs
Player of the Match: Yuzvendra Chahal ( 6/25 )
Match Report: Suresh Raina made 63 Runs. 5 Sixes. 140 Strike Rate. MS Dhoni made 56. Bringing back India. Doing the key stumping. India crossed the 200 mark. Surely, a batsman will be the man of the match if India has won it. But no. Here’s a surprise. First surprise, I would call it the small one, is that a bowler is the player of the match. And secondly, that bowler struck 6 wickets.
Yes, can you believe? 6 wickets in a T20I match. You just have 24 balls to bowl, striking 6 wickets means 1/4 of your quota was full of wickets. Well, enough of math. We can’t get over Yuzi Chahal. What a revelation he has been. All the 6 wickets were key and they just broke the spine of England Batting Line-up.
However, just 4 years later, he didn’t even make it to the T20 World Cup squad. Cricket is Cruel. In the ongoing series against NZ, Chahal is a member of the squad. We expect him to be selected and produce match-winning performances like this one.
Eoin Morgan | England captain: “We made a fatal error in losing two in batsman when we were going so well. Outstanding bowling from Chahal, and India put in a performance worthy of winning the series. We could have done with myself or Joe getting 70 or 80 but it wasn’t meant to be tonight. Beautiful wicket to bat on, very small boundary, and altitude as well. We would have taken 190 at the start of the game. Our batting performance was possibly the worst in the last two years, but we won’t necessarily dwell too much into that.”
Virat Kohli | India captain: “Coming back here after a while, a long time since we played the IPL final here. The occasion demanded us to be at our very best. We lost all three tosses, similar to the Test series as well, and we’ve won all three series. It’s not a bad thing when you have MS Dhoni behind the stumps and experienced guys like Ashu bhai and Yuvi pa. I’m taking advice from them whenever possible, they’re so intelligent, a lot of credit goes to them.
Mishra’s two overs, and that one over from Jordan to Yuvi, that changed the momentum. It pushed us past 200, and that gave us the psychological advantage. Having two legspinners on a dry wicket, we always knew we would get a few chances. Mishy started it, and then Chahal took five wickets in two overs – he knows these conditions, he knows how to bowl here. I have a lot of faith in him, and he plays with a lot of confidence.
He has a lot of skill and he has the character as well. I wanted to send [Dhoni] up the order, he’s the one who says he’ll come in later, that will give the team better balance. Come the big game, even in the one-day series, series decider, he stepped up, and he stepped up again today. It’s a memorable series win for us, the whole tour. It’s been a brilliant couple of months for the Indian team, going forward we know exactly what to do in each format.”
Yuzvendra Chahal | Player of the Match: “It felt good because I’m playing an India match in Bangalore for the first time. It always feels like home. I’ve bowled in the Powerplay before in the IPL, and Virat has confidence in me that I can do that.
In the start, I plan that batsmen will want to go for their shots because it’s a small ground, so I have a chance for wickets. I bowl a fuller length, so I have a chance for lbws if they miss the sweep and reverse-sweep. Never dreamed I’d get six wickets.”
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