ENGLAND WON THE SERIES 2-1
England scripted a remarkable turnaround in the limited overs series against India by clinching the three-match ODI rubber by 2-1 after cantering to a facile eight-win in the series-deciding final ODI on Tuesday.
CONSISTENT HITTING BY ROOT AND MORGAN
Joe Root (100*) hit a second successive century, while Eoin Morgan (88) smashed an unbeaten half-century as the duo shared a match-winning unbeaten 186-run stand to script a successful run chase on a track which seemed to have eased out later in the day.
Openers James Vince (27) and Jonny Bairstow (30) played well and gave England a good start, by making 43 runs in 4.4 overs.
ENGLAND BOWLERS KEPT INDIA ON BACKFOOT
Earlier, in the first inning, England bowlers Adil Rashid and David Willey had grabbed three wickets each and India captain Virat Kohli made 71 as the touring side scored 256 for eight.
India got off to a cautious start, reaching 32-1 from 10 overs after England won the toss on a Headingley wicket that is assisting the spinners.
But Kohli and opener Shikhar Dhawan increased the scoring rate as India took 68 from the next 10 overs.
Dhawan got run out at 44 after a brilliant piece of fielding from Ben Stokes. Also, India lost wickets at regular intervals.
RASHID DISMISSED KOHLI
The leg-spinner Rashid took the wicket of Kohli. The Indian captain fell to a beauty that pitched on leg and clipped the top of off stump, therefore, the prolific right-hander was left totally stunned and wide-eyed in disbelief.
INDIAN BATSMEN LACKED BIG HITTING
England chased down the target with 33 balls to spare. Besides Shardul Thakur, none of the Indian bowlers was able to contribute with any wicket. Earlier, England had won the toss and asked India to bat first. After losing opener Rohit Sharma for merely two runs, his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (44) and skipper Virat Kohli (71) stitched a crucial 71-run partnership for the second wicket to steady the visiting side’s innings. Subsequently, former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (42), Hardik Pandya (21), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (21) and Shardul Thakur (22 not out) also made some contributions with the bat as India posted a score of 256 for eight.
While Rashid was adjudged `Player of the Match` for his brilliant contribution with the ball, Root was named ‘Player of the Series’.
India had won the opening ODI by eight wickets but England bounced back to clinch the series by 2-1.