India Beat England By 36 Runs To Win 5th T20I, Clinch Series 3-2
Pacer Shardul Thakur took his second consecutive three-wicket haul while Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a miserly spell, taking two wickets, after captain Virat Kohli's unbeaten 80, to help India beat England in the fifth and final T20 International by 36 runs, and win the series 3-2 here on Saturday.
Rohit Sharma, who smashed 64 off 34 balls (4x4s, 5x6s), was the other star for India while Dawid Malan's 46-ball 68 and Jos Buttler's 34-ball 52 went in vain in the floodlit game played without spectators due to Covid-19.
Bhuvneshwar was adjudged the Man of the Match while Kohli, who aggregated 231 runs in five matches at an average of 115.50 and at a strike rate of 147.13, was adjudged the Man of the Series.
England's decision to bowl first after winning the toss backfired as the pitch turned out to be a perfect strip for batting. Kohli (52 balls, 7x4s, 2x6s), playing as an opener, and Sharma gave a perfect platform to later order batsmen as they made 94 runs in almost nine overs for opening wicket.
After Ben Stokes bowled Sharma, Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav (32, 17 balls, 3x4s, 2x6s) added 49 runs for the second wicket.