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England return home empty handed as Chahal's six-for ensures India clinch T20 series

Leggie Yuzvendra Chahal's record 6/25 haul saw India thrash England by 75 runs in the final T20 match at Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday to clinch the T20I series 2-1

Indian bowler Yazvendra Chahal (2ndR) is lifted by his teammates for his six wicket haul against England during the third T20 cricket match between India and England at the Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium in Bangalore on February 1, 2017. England is chasing a target of 203 runs scored by India. Pic/AFP
Indian bowler Yazvendra Chahal (2ndR) is lifted by his teammates for his six wicket haul against England during the third T20 cricket match between India and England at the Chinnaswamy Cricket Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday . Pic/AFP

Bengaluru: India rode on Yuzvendra Chahal's brilliant show to thrash England by 75 runs in the third and final T20 International cricket match to clinch the series 2-1 here today.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal claimed 6/25, a record haul by an Indian bowler in T20Is as the visitors ended their dismal India tour with another heartbreaking defeat.

The young leg-spinner Chahal scripted a dramatic collapse as England lost 8 wickets for a mere 8 runs. 

As a full-time captain, Kohli recorded series wins against England across all formats.

Chahal's performance was the first-ever five-wicket haul in T20 International by an Indian and the third best figures by any bowler with the first two slots being taken by Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis.

Batting first, the former Chennai 'Super Kings' Suresh Raina (63, 45 balls) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (56, 35 balls) lit up the Garden City with half-centuries while Yuvraj Singh's final flourish 10-ball-27 enabled the hosts to reach a competitive 202 for 6.

In reply, England were cruising along at 118 for 2 when they committed absolute hara-kiri with atrocious shot selection with wickets falling like nine pins as they were all out for 127 in 16.3 overs.

A competent national level chess player during his school days, Chahal wouldn't have even in his dreams planned such perfect moves as the visitors with lousy shots made it tad easy.

Chahal got good support from last match hero Jasprit Bumrah (3/14 in 2.3 overs) as England middle-order collapsed in a heap like a pack of cards. 

Five England players failed to open their accounts as Chahal was on a rampage taking five wickets in the 14th and 16th over of the innings. This was after he removed opener Sam Billings in the second over of the England innings.

Joe Root (42) and Eoin Morgan (40) had raised visions of a series win with 64-run stand for the 3rd wicket.

But the 14th over turned out to be a turning point as Chahal removed Root and Morgan off successive deliveries. Morgan attemped a slog sweep and was smartly caught by debutant Rishabh Pant in the deep. Root, who had crossed over, was out next ball trying to pull a straighter one as England slumped to 119 for 4.

Jos Buttler's wild slog was pouched by Kohli in the next over off Bumrah and England were all but out of the match. It became worse when Chahal came for his final and the 16th over of the innings. Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan threw their wickets as the run-rate was climbing steeply.

Bumrah finished the formality in the very next over as India completed another emphatic series win under 'Captain Inspirational' Kohli. 

 Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni carry India to 202/6 vs England in final T20I

India's M S Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh during the 3rd T20 between India and England at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Wednesday. Pic/PTI

Earlier, seasoned campaigners Suresh Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck brilliant half centuries to help India post a mammoth 202/6 against England in the third and final Twenty20 International at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Raina's 45-ball 63 helped the hosts set the tone for the massive total before southpaw Yuvraj Singh (27) and former skipper Dhoni (56) finished things off in style as India recovered from the early loss of captain Virat Kohli after being sent into bat.

India were off to a dismal start losing Kohli (2) to a silly run-out in the second over of the match before one-down Suresh Raina joined opener Lokesh Rahul (22) in the middle and the right-left duo added 61 runs for the second wicket in no time.

Raina, especially was the more aggressive of the two, as he dispatched pacer Chris Jordan for two sixes in the last over of the mandatory field restrictions.

Just when the hosts looked set for a huge total, all-rounder Ben Stokes cleaned up Rahul with a length ball after the right-hander hit two fours and a six in his 18-ball knock.

The fall of Rahul brought in Dhoni, who played a few deliveries to get used to the wicket with Raina, at the other end, taking full advantage of the dropped chance off leg-spinner Adil Rashid to bring up his career's fourth half-century with a brilliant six off the leggie.

Raina and Dhoni continued to torment the English bowlers as India crossed the three-figure mark in the 13th over before pacer Liam Plunkett returned for a second spell to end the left-hander's 45-ball knock, laced with two boundaries and five huge hits over the fence.

With India comfortably placed at 120/3, the stage was set for new man Yuvraj Singh (27) and Dhoni to step on the gas for a good total.

The Ranchi stumper took the mantle of the scoring, bringing up his career's maiden T20I half-century off 32 deliveries before the Punjab southpaw showed his class to dispatch Jordan for a four and three sixes in the 18th over to take India to 177/3.

Yuvraj's breezy innings, however, ended on the first ball of the 19th over when he misjudged a slower delivery from Mills to be caught behind by stumper Jos Buttler. His 10-ball cameo included one four and three sixes.

Yuvraj's wicket brought in 19-year-old Pant (6 not out), who played second fiddle to Dhoni, as Jordan ended the 35-year-old's brilliant effort on the second ball of the last over of the innings.

Dhoni, who consumed 36 deliveries for his knock, laced with five fours and two sixes, got a top edge to be caught by Rashid at short fine leg.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya (11) then added 11 runs with Pant to take India past the 200-run mark.

For the visitors, all the pacers -- Mills, Jordan, Plunkett and Stokes -- took one wicket apiece.

Brief Scores:

India: 202 for 6 in 20 overs (Suresh Raina 63, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 56; Liam Plunkett 1/22).

England: 127 all out in 16.3 overs (Joe Root 42, Eoin Morgan 40; Yuzvendra Chahal 6/25, Jasprit Bumrah 3/14)

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