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England loses eight wickets for eight runs as India wins T20 series

  • T20, India vs England, Virat Kohli, Yuzuvendra Chahal, M S Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Stokes
    India's M S Dhoni watches as England's Ben Stokes falls on the ground during the 3rd T20 match

    By winning the third Twenty20 international, India also secured the series 2-1. England thus ended their subcontinental tour battered, befuddled and beaten in all three formats.

  • T20, India vs England, Virat Kohli, Yuzuvendra Chahal, M S Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Stokes
    Virat Kohli with Yuzuvendra Chahal with the trophy after winning the series against England during the 3rd T20 between India and England

    Even by the golden standard of England collapses, this was a belter: their last eight wickets falling for just eight runs in 19 balls.

  • T20, India vs England, Virat Kohli, Yuzuvendra Chahal, M S Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Stokes
    team mates with the trophy after winning the series against England during the 3rd T20 between India and England

    In a way, it was the ultimate act of team solidarity: win together, lose together, get out more or less all at the same time.

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    Amit Mishra with team mates celebrate the wicket of Jason Roy during the 3rd T20 between India and England

    “Very disappointing,” captain Eoin Morgan said afterwards. “We haven’t produced a batting performance as bad as that in two, two and a half years.”

  • T20, India vs England, Virat Kohli, Yuzuvendra Chahal, M S Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Stokes
    India's Amit Mishra with team mates celebrate the wicket of Jason Roy during the 3rd T20 between India and England

    By the end, the procession of English batsmen had teetered into the realms of farce: the blithe abandon of a team dreaming of airline peanuts and hot face towels, of home and hearth,

  • T20, India vs England, Virat Kohli, Yuzuvendra Chahal, M S Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Stokes
    India's Yezuvendra Chahal celebrate the wicket of Joe Root during the 3rd T20 between India and England

    Yuzvendra Chahal, a rookie leg-spinner of guile and persistence but no great mystery, ended up becoming only the second man in history to take six wickets in an innings at this level.

  • T20, India vs England, Virat Kohli, Yuzuvendra Chahal, M S Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Stokes
    M S Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh during the 3rd T20 between India and England

    “We were completely outplayed,” Morgan admitted. “We’re going to have days like that.”

  • T20, India vs England, Virat Kohli, Yuzuvendra Chahal, M S Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Stokes
    M S Dhoni plays a shot during the 3rd T20 between India and England

    To which the only possible response is: really? Well, why? Great teams do not see crushing defeats as part of the inevitable cost of doing business.

  • T20, India vs England, Virat Kohli, Yuzuvendra Chahal, M S Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Stokes
    Virat Kohli celebrates the win over England during the 3rd T20 between India and England at Chinnaswamy Stadium

    England do truly aspire to be amongst the very best, they will need to prove that they can learn from thrashings like this.

  • T20, India vs England, Virat Kohli, Yuzuvendra Chahal, M S Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Stokes
    Yezuvendra Chahal with team mates celebrate the wicket of Ben Stokes during the 3rd T20 between India and England

    England will no longer be able to avoid these pointed questions.

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