Almost everyone in the rival canoes were excited during the final two overs of the third and final One-Day International between India and England in Pune, India on Sunday. Perhaps that summed up the vibe of the entire series which has seen one of the best contests of recent times across all three formats of the game.
India survived a determined attack from Sam Curran to win by just seven points in a siege thriller to win the series 2-1 and complete a treble of series wins. Previously, India had also won the Test Series 3-1 to advance to the World Testing Championship final and won 3-2 in the Twenty20 Series. For India, this victory over England in all three formats at home came directly after humiliating Australia in their own backyard earlier this year on a grueling tour.
Despite a strong start from openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, with Rishabh Pant and the punch-filled half centuries of Hardik Pandya, the Indian Lower Order also obediently gave in to settle for a 329 below par on an excellent track. batting. after being asked to strike first.
But leader Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/42) and new all-rounder in making Shardul Thakur (4/67 and 30 points) made the breakthroughs at the right time to put India on the path to victory. But Curran (95 not on 83 balls) almost changed the result on his own coming in at No.8. England ultimately finished 322 for 9.
Yorker specialist Thangarasu Natarajan had a brilliant final with England needing 14 but Curran could only manage six points as the Indian played mostly in the block-hole. India had their chances but lost four catches as Curran was released twice on 22 and 87. “Sam Curran did well to take responsibility and take a good chunk of the strike and it took a big character to play as he did. I know he will be disappointed that he didn’t take us across the line, but we are all very proud of him and his performance, ”England’s Jos Butler said later of the youngster’s big shot.
Bhuvneshwar started well with a beautiful winger who castling Jason Roy (14). He then played another cutter who trapped series top scorer Jonny Bairstow (1) ahead after a decision review system. Ben Stokes (35, 39 balls) got a reprieve when he almost looked out with Pandya dropping a cart halfway through. But in a soft layoff, the all-rounder left shortly after hitting a full draw straight to deep square-legged Dhawan.
Jos Buttler (15 of 18 balls) was then trapped by Thakur as England set the cannon at 95 for 4 when Liam Livingstone (36) and Dawid Malan (50) joined forces for a 60 point stand. Livingstone’s Thakur overdrive and pull-off were class stunts and once it was fixed he outscored Krunal Pandya for a six on long.
But Livingstone may have had a lack of focus as he tried to stop his shot on a harmless Thakur throw that ended in the simplest of return catches. With half of the team going for 155, the game turned into a definitive one when Thakur asked Malan to shoot straight at Rohit Sharma at the halfway point. But then Curran, first with Adil Rashid, then with Mark Wood, was almost a game-changer before India won.
Previously, Pant’s sparkling shot of 78 of 62 balls was well supported by Hardik (64 of 44 balls), but India lost its last four wickets by just eight points to finish at least 30 short of a competitive total. on another more belter. Pant, during his career best shot, plundered four highs and five limits, while Hardik had five fours and four sixes on their 99-point stand for the fifth wicket. However, India has lost momentum in the last 10 passes despite a brilliant 103-point opening inside 15 times between Rohit Sharma (37; 6 × 4) and Dhawan (67 off 56; 10 × 4).