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England take series lead as Buttler blitz trumps Kohli knock

Jos Buttler’s blistering 83 not out trumped Virat Kohli’s majestic half-century as England beat India by eight wickets in the third Twenty20 International to go 2-1 up in the series.

Kohli struck an unbeaten 77 off 46 balls to rescue India from a top-order collapse and help them to a competitive 156-6 in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

England’s Jos Buttler hit a superb 83 not out in the third T20 of the series in India.

England’s Jos Buttler hit a superb 83 not out in the third T20 of the series in India.Credit:Getty

England overwhelmed the target with 10 balls to spare, Buttler smashing four sixes and five fours in a blistering 52-ball knock.

Earlier put in to bat, India got off to a horror start mirroring their batting struggles in the series opener.

Their top order looked in discomfort against the pace and bounce of Mark Wood (3-31) and Jofra Archer.

Archer floored a return catch to reprieve Rohit Sharma off his first ball but England did not have to wait long for a breakthrough.

Mark Wood celebrates the wicket of India’s Rohit Sharma.

Mark Wood celebrates the wicket of India’s Rohit Sharma.Credit:AP

Wood breached KL Rahul’s defence with an express delivery in the third over, dismissing the opener for his second successive duck.

If pace got rid of Rahul, bounce did the trick against Rohit and Ishan Kishan.

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