England beats India by 5 runs
England 321/8 (50 ov)
India 316/9 (50 ov)
England innings (50 overs maximum)
JJ Roy b Jadeja 65
SW Billings c Bumrah b Jadeja 35
JM Bairstow c Jadeja b Pandya 56
EJG Morgan* c Bumrah b Pandya 43
JC Buttler† c Rahul b Pandya 11
BA Stokes not out 57
MM Ali c Jadeja b Bumrah 2
CR Woakes run out (Kumar/†Dhoni) 34
LE Plunkett run out 1
Extras (b 1, lb 8, w 7, nb 1) 17 Total (8 wickets; 50 overs) 321 (6.42 runs per over)
India innings (target: 322 runs from 50 overs)
AM Rahane b Willey 1
KL Rahul c †Buttler b Ball 11
V Kohli* c †Buttler b Stokes 55
Yuvraj Singh c Billings b Plunkett 45
MS Dhoni† c †Buttler b Ball 25
KM Jadhav c Billings b Woakes 90
HH Pandya b Stokes 56
RA Jadeja c Bairstow b Woakes 10
R Ashwin c Woakes b Stokes 1
Kumar not out 0
Extras (lb 8, w 13, nb 1) 22
Total (9 wickets; 50 overs) 316
Kolkata: India’s third one day international match against England is rather inconsequential for the host nation. Having already won the series after winning the first two matches, India can sit pretty and enjoy a match without much of a burden.
Nonetheless, the tournament hasn’t been rather very easy for the hosts. The visiting team hasn’t buckled under pressure and has tried to perform despite huge odds. In the first match they scored a huge total. It is altogether different thing that the Indian batsmen went on to win the match by a whisker.
Both the have looked rather very competitive throughout the one day series thus far. It is just sheer luck that India was able to outclass England and win both the matches. In the last ODI India scored a mammoth 381 runs on the superlative show of Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni, both of whom scored impressive hundreds, England lost the match merely by 15 runs. This is despite the fact that they lost a few quick wickets early.
So If Indian team doesn’t want to give any chance to the visitors, they will have to hold the guards and perform again. Now it is to be seen if the visitors and the hosts can come up with yet another superlative performance.
Despite the competitive cricket displayed by both the teams, the Indian team was exceptionally better finisher. The final match in Kolkata will be India’s last ODI before the Champions Trophy. Nos. 3-6 in the batting order all have centuries in this series but a couple of scores for the openers would help Virat Kohli firm up plans for his first title tilt as captain. They have won chasing and defending, though England pushed them hard both times. Kohli will ask for more of the same as he looks to extend his mastery over England captains to 7-0 on tour.
English team accepts that their side hasn’t done as well as they might have thought. And now they have the final chance to do something in Kolkata. Morgan has twice said that England have not played at their best, which says something about how expectation levels have risen. Scores of 350 for 7 and 366 for 8 will win plenty of 50-over matches but England’s bowling has buckled too easily under India’s onslaught. England have not lost a series by a margin of more than one match since the World Cup and Morgan will want to keep it that way. Will their bowlers be able to do the job is one question that everyone seems to be asking.
India: (probable) 1 KL Rahul, 2 Shikhar Dhawan/Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
England: (probable) 1 Jason Roy, 2 Sam Billings, 3 Joe Root, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Chris Woakes, 9 Liam Plunkett, 10 David Willey, 11 Jake Ball
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