England survive Kedar Jadhav scare to win a five-run thriller
England 321-8 (Roy 65) beat
India 316-9 (Jadhav 90) by five runs
Third One-Day International in Kolkata
Kedar Jadhav scored a brilliant 90 but fell in the penultimate delivery as England managed to defend a total of 322 by five runs and secure their first win in the tour in the third and final One-Day International in Kolkata. However it was India, who claimed the three-match series 2-1.
Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bowl first on a pitch which had some movement for fast bowlers. Sam Billings (35) and Jason Roy (65) provided a solid start of 43 runs in the first 10 overs in which they scored nine boundaries between them.
The 50-run opening stand came in 66 deliveries and England raced to 80 for naught in the 15-over mark. Roy struck the first six in the innings in the 16th over but the 98-run stand finally ended when Ravindra Jadeja (2-62) had Billings caught at third man and in his next over the Indian all-rounder castled Roy as well.
Eoin Morgan (43) looked to continue from where he left in Cuttack and he had the support of Jonny Bairstow (56) as England reached 150 for two in 28 overs.
The 29th over bowled by Jasprit Bumrah (1-68) saw Morgan survive a review from India while Bairstow was caught off a no-ball. The pair laid the perfect foundation for the lower order with a 84-run stand which took England close to the 200-run stand.
However, a triple strike from Hardik Pandya (3-49) saw England lose Morgan, Bairstow and Jos Buttler (11) in quick succession. England were 239 for five in 42 overs at that stage.
Ben Stokes (57 not out) provided the late flourish for England with his unbeaten 37-ball knock while a 19-ball cameo from Chris Woakes (34) ensured England posted 321 for eight in the 50 overs.
Lokesh Rahul (11) gloved the third ball of the innings behind the stumps but the England players did not appeal for it. David Willey (1-8) castled Ajinkya Rahane (1) in his first over, following which Virat Kohli (55) struck back to back boundaries to inject some momentum.
Rahul had another failure after he nicked a Jake Ball (2-56) behind the stumps and India were reeling at 37 for two at that stage.
Kohli was put to stern test by the England pacers and in the 13th over Ball dropped him at deep fine leg, depriving Liam Plunkett (1-65) of a wicket.
With back-to-back boundaries in the 17th over, Yuvraj Singh (45) brought the 50-run stand with Kohli, who reached his own fifty off 54 deliveries in the next over.
Just when India looked comfortable, Kohli nicked a Stokes (3-63) delivery to the keeper and it prompted Yuvraj to step up the accelerator.
However, there was no fairytale for the Indian veterans this time as Yuvraj holed out to deep midwicket to give Plunkett his first wicket while MS Dhoni (25) was caught behind in the 32nd over.
England looked in firm control of the game but was given a scare when Jadhav (90) and Pandya (56) added 104 runs for the sixth wicket. Jadhav's fifty came off 46 deliveries while Pandya reached his half-century off 38 balls.
India looked fairly comfortable with the duo in full flow and they needed 47 runs off the final five overs. Stokes castled Pandya in the 46th over while Woakes (2-75) conceded 16 runs in the next over but got the wicket of Jadeja (10).
India needed 27 runs off the final 18 deliveries and Stokes continued his wicket-taking form when Ravichandran Ashwin (1) mistimed one to mid on in the 48th over.
With only seven runs possible in the penultimate over bowled by Ball, India needed 16 runs off the final over bowled by Woakes.
Even though, Jadhav struck a six and a four in the first two deliveries, he holed out to sweeper cover in the penultimate delivery leaving six to get off the final ball. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0 not out) failed to get hold off the last ball as India went on lose the game by five runs.
Stokes was declared man of the match while Jadhav won the player of the series award.
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