England avoid defeat in final ODI of the series
India v England, Third ODI Review
England finally made the breakthrough in Kolkata to win the last game of the ODI series by 5 runs, after a nervous final over at the Eden Gardens.
England, who were looking to avoid three straight defeats in the series, managed to hold on to victory in the final over to finish the series on 2-1, with Chris Woakes bowling superbly at the death to deny a whitewash finish for the hosts.
India, who won the toss and elected to bowl, were faced by a new starting partnership in Sam Billings and Jason Roy after Alex Hales was rules out due to a fractured hand. Both Billings and Roy went on the attack from the get go with a 98 run partnership, before Billings (35) was caught by Bumrah after attempting the reverse sweep. The performances of both openers will certainly give Eoin Morgan something to think about this year, especially when Hales returns from injury following his difficult start to the year.
England who were on 110-2, looked to pick up the pace following Roy’s dismissal but were almost pegged back after Bairstow was ruled out on 28 after he was caught in the deep. However after reviewing the call, the umpire reversed his decision and ruled a no ball, which Bairstow smashed for 6.
Captain Eoin Morgan (43) was the next Englishman to make his return back to stands with England on 194-3, and Jonny Bairstow survived yet another scare after his review showed that he didn’t make any connection with the ball after he was caught behind the stumps by Dhoni.
England began to struggle during the middle part of their innings as wickets then seemed to fall thick and fast with Buttler (11), Bairstow (56) and Ali (2) all dismissed with England on 246-6.
Luckily for the Three Lions, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes developed a solid partnership to reach the 300 mark, but miscommunication between the pair saw Woakes (34) run out in the 49th over, with his replacement Plunkett (1) also run out in the following ball.
England finished their innings on 321-8. India needed 322 to win the series 3-0.
Facing a new opening partnership for the hosts, it didn’t take long until the breakthrough, with David Willey dismissing Rahane (1) with India on 13-1. Opener Rahul was also dismissed early on as England went on the offensive to claim second wicket for just 37 runs.
Virat Kohli was once again at the heart of the host’s attack as India’s captain, yet again, reached his half-century in ODI cricket - but was finally edged on 55 to give Ben Stokes his first wicket of the game.
India started to find some momentum in the game, and by their 6th wicket were 31 runs ahead of England at the same stage but runs seemed to slow down for the hosts with Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes combining to dismiss Pangya (56), Jadeja (10) and Ashwin (1). India required just 16 runs from the final over.
Defeat looked on the card within the first 2 balls of the final over as India hit back to back boundaries to give the hosts a target of 6 runs from 4 balls. But the Three Lions managed to frustrate India’s batsmen with the remaining balls as they failed to score any more runs as England narrowly avoided defeat to win by 5 runs.
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