England won the third ODI in Headingly by 8 wickets and also won the tri match series by 2-1. This is the first time under Virat Kohli’s captaincy since 2016 India lost any ODI series.
Furthermore, this is India’s first ever away loss, said a BCCI source. Before this England series, team Kohli had won 9 away matches.
In the Headingly ODI India scored 256 in 50 over, which England chased down with 8 wickets and 33 balls remaining.
India’s top order gave away early and Virat Kohli along with Dinesh Kartick provided some resistance. But after their dismissals, Indian went on a downward spiral and managed to cross the 250 run mark only because of some rear-guard action by Shardul Thakur.
England got off to a flying start thanks to Jonny-Bairstow. Root and Morgan’s unbeaten 186-runs stand pretty much killed the match long before the former hit the winning runs.
But if we go through the statistics then it is sure that this tri-match series was a great platform for the English batsman Joe Root. He scored 113 at Lord’s, now at Headingly he scored a ton, which means two back to back tones and his team got success.
Root seems have gotten over his limited over rough patch. He was looking in good nick yesterday and the series win bodes well for England. They would need their best batsman to be in form as they approach the World Cup.
Chasing a modest 257 runs target to clinch the series England got off to a flying start, with Johny Bairstow and James Vince taking the score 38 for no loss in just four overs. Bairstow was in his attacking best as he smacked seven boundaries by then.
He hit four boundaries off Bhuvaneswar Kumar in the third over itself, and followed that up with three more off Pandya. England maintained a good run rate in their entire run chase, reaching 181 for 2 after 30 overs.
On reaching, the 200 run mark in the 35th over, they knocked off the remaining 57 runs in next the 10.2 overs. Earlier David Willey (3/40) and Adil Rashid (3/49) took three wickets apiece on their Yorkshire home ground as England held India to 256 for eight.
But the introduction of Shardul Thakur in the fifth over fetched India the important wicket of Bairstow, who scored 30 in just 13 balls.
England’s Adil Rashid (3/49 ) got the ‘Man of the Match’ award for his performance. Though Root hit a magnificent century, but it was Rashid’s efforts, that stunted the Indian batting line-up.
At the post-match analysis former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly said that India’s middle order problems are because of the fact that they simply do not give players enough chances. India’s soft belly has been completely exposed in this series.
Other former Indian cricketers were of the view that Kohli has scored a few runs but Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan could never find their touch and this has led to an underwhelming performance with the willow from visitors.
The series is now levelled at 1-1; India won the T20 International by 2-1 and host England have won the One-day series. The teams will now play a five-match test series, which is scheduled to start from August 1