India vs England, 3rd ODI: India clinch thriller, win series 2-1

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India held on to their nerves to clinch a thriller as they beat England by 7 runs in the 3rd ODI on Sunday. As a result, Virat Kohli and Co clinch the three-match ODI series 2-1. A late collapse in India’s batting allowed England to restrict the hosts to 329. In reply, Sam Curran’s sublime knock of 95* brought England close to the target but was not enough. He was adjudged as the Man of the Match. Jonny Bairstow was named the Man of the Series for being the highest run-getter. 

India vs England, 3rd ODI: Report

Kohli lost the toss for the 3rd time and was sent to bat first. On a belter wicket, India got a good start from Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. India were off the mark in a jiffy as they pressed on the gas from the beginning. Unlike the previous two games, India were much more keen to get runs from the start.

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A 103 opening stand put India in a solid position. But England’s introduction of the spinners marred India’s pacy start. Three quick wickets hurt India. Adil Rashid got both the openers with his googly as both Rohit and Dhawan failed to read Rashid. Kohli was castled by Moen Ali’s turn as he went back for 7. 

Kl Rahul’s stay was also short as he swept one straight to fine leg off Liam Livingstone. It was Hardik Pandya and Risabh Pant who kept India in the fight as they kept the run rate ticking well over 6 runs every over. A 99-run stand between the pair took India into a good position. 

It seemed India could achieve a humongous total almost near to 400 runs. But England bounced right back into the game. Sam Curran came back to get one edge off Pant. The latter went back for a well made 78. Hardik Pandya followed Pant soon as he was bowled by Stokes. A resilient fight from Shardul Thakur stretched India’s total to 329, but England managed to bowl them out in 49.1 overs.

England’s chase

Chasing down 336 in their last game, England were beaming with confidence. And Jason Roy gave them perfect start as he hit Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 14 runs in the opening five balls. But Bhuvi penetrated right through Roy’s defense in the last ball as England got the first jolt.

Last game’s centurion Jonny Bairstow was next to go as he was trapped by Bhuvneshwar in his second over. After a dramatic collapse of England in the first ODI, India thought they surely had England in their grasp. A couple of more wickets left England stranded at 95/4 at one stage. Stokes and Buttler were both back in the hut. Malan and Livingstone kneaded a 60 run partnership as Malan got his first ODI fifty. India’s only chance to defend the total was to keep picking up wickets. Which Shardul Thakur did. He dismissed Malan and Livingstone which put India ahead. 

Moen Ali, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid frustrated India as they kept England in the hunt. Curran batted exceptionally well to put up a 32 run stand with Ali, a 57-run stand with Rashid and 60 run partnership with Mark Wood. From 168/6, England stretched their total to 257/8. 

A brilliant catch from Hardik Pandya, and a stunner from Virat Kohli sent Ali and Rashid back to the hut. But Curran stood their in the middle like the northern star, slowly taking England close to the target. A brilliant second fiddle from Wood almost saw England had the game, but only a run-out on the last over spoiled their chances. 

The turning point

It was the turning point of the game when Curran played T Natarajan’s yorker to long-on. The immediate shout from him was for two runs, but he slipped at the opposite end. A brilliant throw from Hardik Pandya to Rishabh Pant saw Wood run-out. England still needed 12 off the last five, but Natarajan conceded only four. 

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