India v Eng 3rd ODI: India hold the nerves to seal 2-1 ODI series win
India held their nerves to win the three-match ODI series by a 2-1 margin. In the third and final ODI India edged out England by seven runs at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Sunday.
Match Summary - India v England, 3rd ODI, MCA Stadium Pune
India 329 (48.2)
Fall of wickets: 1-103 (Rohit Sharma-14.4 ov), 2-117 (Shikhar Dhawan-16.4 ov), 3-121 (Virat Kohli-17.4 ov), 4-157 (KL Rahul-24.2 ov), 5-256 (Rishabh Pant-35.6 ov), 6-276 (Hardik Pandya-38.6 ov), 7-321 (Shardul Thakur-45.6 ov), 8-328 (Krunal Pandya-47.2 ov), 9-329 (Prasidh Krishna-47.6 ov), 10-329 (Bhuvneshwar Kumar-48.2 ov)
England 322-9 (50)
Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Jason Roy-0.6 ov), 2-28 (Jonny Bairstow-2.6 ov), 3-68 (Ben Stokes-10.3 ov), 4-95 (Jos Buttler-15.1 ov), 5-155 (Liam Livingstone-23.5 ov), 6-168 (Dawid Malan-25.4 ov), 7-200 (Moeen Ali-30.3 ov), 8-257 (Adil Rashid-39.2 ov), 9-317 (Mark Wood-49.1 ov)
Result - India won by seven runs
India win!— ICC (@ICC) March 28, 2021
Natarajan gives away just six runs in the final over, giving his team a seven-run victory.
It means India take the ODI series 2-1! ?? pic.twitter.com/Au4lyUs2EM
India batted first and were bowled out for 329. In their response, England lost their way, but fought brilliantly to finish just seven short at 322 for nine in their 50 overs.
Earlier, asked to bat, India's openers Shikhar Dhawan (67: 56b, 10x4) and Rohit Sharma (37) added 103. Then there was a middle-order collapse. India slipped to 157 for four before Rishabh Pant (78: 62b, 5x4. 4x6) and Hardik Pandya (64: 44b, 5x4, 4x6) put on a brisk 99 for the fifth wicket. Then, Krunal Pandya (25) and Shardul Thakur (30) added a further 45 runs for the seventh wicket. There was a late-order collapse which ended India's innings at 329 in 48.2 overs.
For England the best bowler was Mark Wood (3-34).
In their chase, England lost wickets at regular intervals. They slipped to 95 for four. Then, Dawid Malan (50: 50b, 6x4) and Liam Livingstone (36) out 60 runs for the fifth wicket. The innings further collapsed to 200 for seven. All seemed lost at that stage.
But Sam Curran played a terrific knock to end with the highest score for a number eight in ODI cricket. Curran finished unbeaten on 95 off 83 balls (9x4, 3x6). Curran added 57 for the eigthth wicket with Adil Rashid (19). Then he added a further 60 runs for the ninth wicket. The end got closer than what India had hoped for. But in the end the last three overs by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and T Natarajan changed the course of the match. England finished seven short in the end.
For India the best bowlers were Kumar (3-42) and Shardul Thakur (4-67).
Earlier, India made a change to their line-up bringing in Natarajan in place of Kuldeep Yadav and England brought in Mark Wood for Tom Curran.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul , Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, Prasidh Krishna
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler (captain & wicket-keeper), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Reece Topley
Toss: England, elected to field
Venue: MCA Stadium, Pune
Match officials: Anil Chaudhary, Nitin Menon (On-field Umpires); Virender Sharma (TV Umpire); KN Ananthapadmanabhan (Fourth Umpire); Javagal Srinath (Match-referee)
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