As both In­dia and Eng­land aim to end the long se­ries on a win­ning note, the third and fi­nal T20 presents a perfect op­por­tu­nity

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Their supremacy re­stored af­ter a rare blip, In­dia will go for the kill even as an an­gry Eng­land alight at the Gar­den City with fire in their bel­lies, set­ting the stage for a tan­ta­lis­ing se­ries-de­cid­ing third and fi­nal Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional to­day.

A 4-0 tri­umph in a five-match Test rub­ber was fol­lowed by a 2-1 win in Vi­rat Kohli’s maiden as­sign­ment as ODI skip­per, and the Delhi daz­zler would look to trans­late that re­sult into the short­est for­mat also and con­clude what has so far been a hugely suc­cess­ful win­ter on a high. Trail­ing, sur­pris­ingly, 0-1 head­ing into the sec­ond T20 game in Nag­pur, In­dia were helped by a ter­rific dis­play of death­bowl­ing­byy­oungJaspritBum­rah,an­danum­pir­ing howler, in stag­ing a fight­back in the three-match se­ries.

The de­feat in the last game from an im­preg­nable win­ning po­si­tion has left Eng­land skip­per Eoin Mor­gan “ex­tremely frustrated”, and he would des­per­ately want his team to leave the In­dian shore with some­thing to cheer about.

While Bumrah’s was a per­for­mance wor­thy of win­ning any game, hav­ing con­ceded a measly five runs in overs 18 and20when­bats­men­nor­mal­ly­go­ham­merand­tongs,um­pire Chet­tithody Shamshud­din’s wrong de­ci­sion against Joe Root at a cru­cial junc­ture stood out like a sore thumb, prompt­ing the Eng­land man­age­ment to take up the case with the ICC.

Re­plays showed that not only was the ball head­ing down the leg side, but Root had got a thick edge on it as it thud­ded into his thigh pad.

3RD T20I In­dia vs Eng­land

7.00pm

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