It took a combined effort of Chris Jordan and Jason Roy to dismiss the in-form batsman Suryakumar Yadav in the fifth and final T20I decider clash between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday. Yadav, who was ruthless right from the start, kept the momentum flowing after opener Rohit Sharma departed for a knock of 64 off 34 deliveries. Fondly called Sky, Yadav hammered two maximums and three boundaries in his 17-ball 32 before he was undone by Adil Rashid. Looking to smack a six over the wide long-on region, the white ball was well on course to clear the boundary ropes before a sprinting Chris Jordan appeared from nowhere in the frame and almost completed a freak catch. Realising he was too close to the rope, a quick-thinking Jordan pushed the ball into the safe zone. Jason Roy, a mere spectator to Jordan’s athleticism, pouched a rather easy catch before erupting in laughter.
Roy’s reaction accurately summed up Jordan’s efforts and cricket fans all over were left in awe. That Roy was credited for the catch wasn’t lost on anyone.
— Tipsy Cricket (@TipsyCricket) March 20, 2021
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma’s sensational 64, Virat Kohli’s well-crafted 80 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s miserly spell in a high scoring match helped India beat England by 36 runs in the final T20I at Motera and seal the series 3-2.
Put in to bat, India powered to a massive 224 for 2, their best-ever total against England. Rohit smashed 64 off 34, Kohli made 80* off 52 while Hardik Pandya (39* off 17) and Suryakumar Yadav (32 off 17) played useful cameos. In reply, Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan made half-centuries for England but they managed only 188 for 8.