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Eoin Morgan becomes the first English player to play 100 T20I matches

March 17, 2021

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Ankit Seth

Eoin Morgan added another record to his illustrious career as he became the first England cricketer to play 100 T20I matches. The left-handed batsman achieved the milestone in the third T20I against India. New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik, and Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma are the other three players to have played more than 100 T20Is. Indian captain Virat Kohli, who has played 88 T20I matches, has scored the most runs in the shortest format of the game. Virat Kohli, on Sunday, became the first-ever cricketer to amass 3,000 runs in T20Is.

New Zealand’s Martin Guptill is second on the elite list of leading run-scorers in T20I format, having scored 2,839 runs in 99 matches. Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma comes third in the list with 2,773 runs in 108 games. Eoin Morgan is still a long way behind as he has so far scored 2,306 T20I runs at a strike rate of 138.99. The left-handed cricketer has smashed 14 half-centuries in T20Is.

England leads the series 2-1

The England cricket team recovered brilliantly from an early wicket loss to cruise to an easy win. Wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler slammed 83 off 52 balls, packed with five fours and four sixes. He was well-supported by Jonny Bairstow (40), as the visitors reached 158/2. Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar took a scalp each for India. The hosts had posted 156 in 20 overs, with Kohli sailing to an unbeaten knock of 77 in 46 balls. Despite his brilliant knock, the other Indian batsmen stumbled against English bowlers.

Fast bowler Mark Wood picked up three wickets, and Chris Jordan claimed two dismissals. England have now taken a lead of 2-1 in the series. Both teams will face each other once again in the fourth T20I, which will occur on March 18. India will be aiming to level the series, while England will be hoping to seal the series in the fourth encounter. The Gujarat Cricket Association, along with BCCI, declared that the remaining three T20Is will be played behind closed doors looking at the number of rising Covid-19 cases in the country.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth