Lokesh Rahul determined to go "out there and win" T20 series vs England

Lokesh Rahul determined to go "out there and win" T20 series vs England
Lokesh Rahul determined to go "out there and win" T20 series vs England

Highlights

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    India beat England by five runs in the second T20I in Nagpur

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    Rahul scored a quickfire 47-ball 71 to get his form back with the bat

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    A flat pitch and small dimensions of the M Chinnaswamy stadium heavily favour the batsmen

With the series level at 1-1, India and England will have all to play for in the third and final T20I in Bangalore on Wednesday. After being completely outplayed by the visitors in the first match in Kanpur, Team India produced a clinical performance and fought back to clinch victory in Nagpur. (Kohli targets three-in-a-row as India target T20I series triumph vs England)

India have the winning momentum behind them and will be heading into the series decider as favourites. But if there's anything the team has learnt from their past experiences, it is that no opposition can be taken for granted when playing at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. (Would be wrong to single out an umpire for errors: Joe Root)

The stadium in Bangalore has a reputation of being a nightmare for bowlers as we have seen year after year in the Indian Premier League. A flat pitch and small dimensions heavily favour the batsmen. (Umpiring howlers: Jasprit Bumrah asks Eoin Morgan to move on)

India's last match at this ground was against Bangladesh during the 2016 World T20 where they narrowly got away with a one-run victory thanks to MS Dhoni's brilliant last-ball run out off Mustafizur Rahman. That thriller is bound to be fresh in the minds of Virat Kohli's team even to this day. (Important to have belief, says Virat Kohli after thrilling win)

India opener KL Rahul, who managed to hit form in the last match in Nagpur with a quickfire 47-ball 71, is looking forward to playing his first match on his home ground. Rahul says the thought-process is the team is pretty clear and the players know what they have to do to clinch the third trophy of the series on Wednesday. (Frustrated Eoin Morgan to voice concerns over standard of umpiring in narrow defeat to India)

"Thoughts are pretty clear. We have to go out there and get this win. It's very important that we don't try too hard as a team. We know that Chinnaswamy is a high scoring ground. As a batting unit we'll go out there and assess the conditions, get runs on the board and give bowlers the cushion to experiment," Rahul told bcc.tv.

Rahul feels the only way bowlers can get away at the Chinnaswamy is by getting the breakthroughs on a regular basis. (Age is just a number, says Ashish Nehra)

"Bowlers do understand on this ground that they are bound to go for runs. The more you enjoy it the more you try to go out there and get your basics right. Then I think you can get away because some batsman are always thinking about hitting big sixes and that gives you a chance to get wickets. (Nagpur T20I: Jasprit Bumrah's historic feat in India's thrilling win)

"The only way a bowler can get away on this wicket or in T20 cricket is to get wickets. Bowlers have to figure out a way to get the batsman out because that's the only thing that can put brakes on the run rate."

The 24-year-old Karnataka batsman hasn't played a single match in Bangalore so far for India and hence, doesn't have any fond memories of this ground except for his performances in the IPL. But Rahul hopes to produce a stellar performance in the final match and help India clinch the series.

"I haven't played a lot of international cricket in Bangalore. Infact this will be my first international game here. But I've grown up playing my junior cricket and I've played a lot here in the IPL. I have some fond memories but nothing that is really up there, like the innnings in Miami or the 100 in Sydney.

"There's nothing so far that's very memorable in Chinnaswamy so far for me. But I'm hoping that I can pull out something special against England and make sure that India wins the T20 series as well," Rahul signed off.

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