Leading his side from the front, Virat Kohli scored a match defining 80 off 52 balls as India won the fifth and final T20I against England by 36 runs and clinched the series 3-2. Kohli, who generally comes in to bat at number three, tweaked his batting position going into the encounter and promoted himself as an opener. His move turned out to be decisive as Kohli along with his deputy Rohit Sharma added 94 runs for the opening wicket, thus laying the perfect platform for others to join in and capitalise.
The proceedings in the final encounter kicked-off with England skipper Eoin Morgan winning the toss and inviting the hosts to bat first. Adil Rashid, who was handed the responsiblity to lead England’s attack with the ball, started off economical first over and gave just three runs.
However, Kohli and Rohit switched gears after the completion of the first over and welcomed Jofra Archer with a boundary and smashed a six on his final delivery. Batting at a net run-rate of 10.00 per over, the pair fetched 60 runs in the powerplays.
Rohit then went on to complete his half-century, however, his celebration was soon cut short by Ben Stokes as the all-rounder cleaned up the Indian opener on 64(34).