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India outclass England to win T20 series 3-2

AHMEDABAD: India beat England by 36 runs in the fifth and final T20I, to clinch the series 3-2, at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad today.

After the visitors won the toss for the fourth time in the series and opted to field on Saturday, Rohit Sharma (64 off 34 balls) and skipper Virat Kohli (80 off 52 balls) blasted half-centuries as India reached 224/2 in stipulated 20 overs.

The other major contributions came from Suryakumar Yadav (32 off 17 balls) and Hardik Pandya (39 not out off 17 balls).

In reply, Eoin Morgan led England could only score 188/8 in 20 overs, losing the match by 36 runs.

Jofra Archer and Mark Wood had troubled the Indians with their extra pace in earlier games but Rohit and Kohli sent them to the cleaners on way to their 94-run stand, off 54 balls.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar starred with the ball for India as he took 2/15, while Shardul Thakur claimed 3/45.

In the run chase, Jos Buttler (52 off 34) and Dawid Malan (68 off 46) kept India on the edge with a threatening 130-run stand but England's challenged fizzled with the fall of the wicketkeeper-batsman to Bhuvneshwar in the 13th over.

The momentum shifted decisively in India's favour after Buttler's dismissal with Bhuvneshwar conceding only three runs in that over. Three more wickets, including Malan's, in quick succession effectively sealed the game for India.

India‚Äôs final total of 224/2 also became the highest score by India against England in men's T20Is overtaking the previous record of 218 made in 2007. The tour now moves to the ODI format from 23 March.

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