Suryakumar Yadav hits incredible 117 off 55 balls as India recover from 31-3 in chase of 216; England hold nerve to secure 17-run consolation win; Watch the first ODI between England and India, live on Sky Sports Cricket on Tuesday (on air 12.30pm, first ball 1pm)
Tuesday 12 July 2022 09:33, UK
England secured a consolation win in the third T20 international against India at Trent Bridge, despite the best efforts of Suryakumar Yadav who struck a remarkable first T20I hundred.
Chasing a massive 216 for the series whitewash, India slipped to 31-3 before Suryakumar (117 off 55) smashed a sensational 48-ball century - needing just 16 balls for his second fifty.
Utterly dominating a 119-run stand for the fourth wicket with Shreyas Iyer (28 off 23), Suryakumar blasted 14 boundaries and cleared the rope on six occasions but, despite his sensational efforts, India ultimately left themselves with too much to do and fell 17 short finishing on 198-9.
Earlier, on a belting batting surface, England racked up a massive 215-7 - Dawid Malan top-scoring with 77 off 39 deliveries - and the hosts looked to be romping to victory when Rishabh Pant (1), Virat Kohli (11) and Rohit Sharma (11) all departed cheaply.
The returning Reece Topley (3-22) picked up Pant with his first ball and later added the scalp of India skipper Rohit, while Kohli perished caught at cover off David Willey (2-40) after having hammered the previous two balls for 10.
Not only shorn of three batters of the highest quality but, with only 34 runs picked up in the opening six-over powerplay, India were falling well behind the required rate. But up stepped Suryakumar.
England had opted to strengthen their batting for the game, bringing in Phil Salt for all-rounder Sam Curran as one of two changes, but Suryakumar feasted on the combined fifth bowling option of Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali - the pair smashed for 67 runs from their four overs, though the latter did ultimately claim the key wicket in the penultimate over of the innings.
With 41 needed from the final two, Suryakumar blasted Moeen for his sixth maximum as 16 were scored from the first four balls, but he then fell to the fifth, toe-ending one to long-off to bring to an end a truly remarkable knock.
Defending 21 from the final over, Chris Jordan (2-37) wrapped things up with minimal fuss - adding the wicket of Harshal Patel (5) and Ravi Bishnoi (1) - to ensure England ended the series on a winning note, Jos Buttler's first as permanent captain.
Buttler had earlier won the toss and elected to make first use of the Trent Bridge deck and he looked primed for a big score when he smashed promising Indian pace bowler Umran Malik for two fours and a six in the second over of the innings.
But the skipper was gone in the fourth, dragging a slower ball from Avesh Khan back onto his stumps to depart for 18. Jason Roy (27 off 26) also cracked a couple of big shots before edging Malik behind, while Salt (8) too was deceived by a change in pace, bowled by Harshal Patel (2-35).
But despite the steady stream of wickets, England were rattling on at a good pace, with Malan - who was dropped on four by Harshal off his own bowling - anchoring the innings superbly and notching a 12th T20I fifty.
Malan fired five sixes to go with six fours in his hugely enterprising knock, receiving fine support from Livingstone (49no off 29), who himself launched the ball into the stands on four separate occasions.
Malan ultimately fell, and Moeen two balls later, to Ravi Bishnoi (2-30) in the 17th over, but Harry Brook (19 off 9) and Jordan (11 off 3), along with Livingstone, helped England up beyond 200, posting an intimidating score.
It was a target that swiftly appeared insurmountable when Pant, Kohli and Rohit were bundled out early in the Indian reply, only for Suryakumar's superb century to bring India right back into the game.
Topley returned to break the partnership with the wicket of Shreyas wicket, while Dinesh Karthik (6) and Ravindra Jadeja (7) swiftly followed lbw to Willey and Richard Gleeson (1-31) respectively to swing the game back again in England's favour.
Suryakumar tried his best to carry the load on his own but when he finally fell in the penultimate over of the match, India's hopes of victory and a series whitewash departed with him.
England now host India in three one-day internationals, starting at The Kia Oval (Tuesday, July 12), followed by Lord's (Thursday, July 14) and finally Emirates Old Trafford (Sunday, July 17) - all games live on Sky Sports Cricket.
Watch the first one-day international between England and India, from The Kia Oval, live on Sky Sports Cricket on Tuesday. Coverage begins at 12.30pm, with the first ball at 1pm.