India Win 3rd ODI By 7 runs - Clinch Series 2/1

India Win 3rd ODI By 7 runs - Clinch Series 2/1

29 March 2021 05:32 pm

3rd ODI - England Vs India - Pune

India finished its home cricket showdown against England by wrapping up the ODI series 2-1 with a seven run win in the final match at Pune on Sunday to add to their victories in the Test and T20 International series.

But the Indians had a scare during the dying stages of Sunday's deciding match when England needed to score 23 runs in the last three overs while chasing down a 330 target with two wickets left and the last of the recognised batsman in Sam Curran at the crease.

Running out of partners meant Curran had to do the run-making all by himself with tail-end batsman Mark Wood standing at the other end.

Capitalizing on Curran's predicament, the Indians managed to sneak in and seal the result as Curran found himself stranded on 95 and England finishing the match on 322 for 9.

Curran entered the crease with England in a bad way at 168 for 6 with the entire top order batting back in the pavilion and only Moeen Ali left.

He hit nine fours and three sixes but it was never enough to threaten the Indian bowlers in a big way after England lost opener Jason Roy bowled by paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 14 in the first over followed by the dismissal of Jonny Bairstow for 1 who fell leg-before to the same bowler.

The exits of Ben Stokes (35), Dawid Malan (50), Jos Buttler (15) and Liam Livingstone (36) meant England faced an uphill task to regroup that never happened in the face of a big target.

Earlier India got off to a rousing start after openers Rohit Sharma (37) and Shikhar Dhawan (67) shared in a 103-run stand for the first wicket in only 14.4 overs to lay the foundation.

After a setback when Virat Kohli was bowled by Moeen Ali for 7, India thanks to some power hitting by Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya ensured they left no room for England to make a comeback into contention.

Pant finished as the top scorer making 78 with the help of five fours and four sixes while Pandya the more aggressive of the two smashed 64 in 44 balls hammering five fours and four sixes as they paved the way for India to go over the 300-run mark for the third time in the series after batting first.

India were all out for 329 with eight balls left as Mark Wood finished with three wickets for 34 runs.

England's only consolation was that Bairstow was declared as man of the series while Curran took the man of the match award.