Dhoni guides India to 148/5 against England

England batsmen faced deliveries from Merlyn- the spin bowling machine- to tackle Kuldeep and Chahal better

Rohit Sharma's superb unbeaten century led India to a seven-wicket win over England in a run-filled third and final Twenty20 worldwide on Sunday to earn the touring side a 2-1 victory in the series.

India lead the three-match T20I series against England as they won the first T20I at Old Trafford.

Pandya, who also helped close out the match with an unbeaten 33 from just 14 balls alongside Rohit, conceded 22 runs in his first over.

Cardiff, July 6 The seasoned Mahendra Singh Dhoni clobbered 22 runs in the final over and lifted India from a precarious 22 for three to 148 for five in testing conditions in the second T20 worldwide against England here today.

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Pandya took 4-38, his best figures in T20 cricket and MS Dhoni became the first player to take five catches in global T20 and ran out Chris Jordan on the last ball of England's innings for good measure. Pandya was the pick of the bowlers, accounting for four wickets.

As he and India contemplate doubling up to seal the three-match series in Cardiff on Friday night, Rahul admits he was running out of theories about why he was habitually falling short of three figures in both global and domestic cricket.

Best with the ball for Australia were Andrew Tye who took 35 for 3 from his four overs and Jhye Richardson who too 43 for 2 from his full complement.

However in order to capture the series, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will have to bat cautiously and keep their wickets intact.

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Roy, though, didn't stop playing his shots as he hit a big six to take England past the 100 mark in the 10th over but in the same over, Roy fell for 67, giving Deepak Chahar his first global wicket on his debut.

Vibrant and sensational Indian star cricketer MS Dhoni, who turns 37 tomorrow, is all set to make his 500th worldwide appearance in the second T20I between England and India on Friday. "India never really got away from us, but we struggled to take wickets (during the chase)", said Morgan.

In the first six overs of Powerplay, England scored 73/0 with both in-form batters smacking 10 fours and four sixes in the process. Buttler was dropped by Siddharth Kaul when on 20 with Chahal being the unfortunate bowler.

"Maybe I just went out in Manchester without a plan". His half-century came off 28 balls and his hundred in the next 28. In the 14th over, Chahal missed a chance to dismiss Eoin Morgan (then on 4), failing to latch onto a high catch at cover only to end up banging his head on the ground. But this match appeared to have more than most, especially during an eventful England innings which began with an opening stand of 94 in under eight overs and ended with five wickets falling for 21 runs from only 15 balls.

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Stepping out to bat, India were troubled right from the word go. Instead, the first match was decided by Kuldeep, and the second by some excellent bowling and fielding from England.

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