3rd ODI Match Report

India vs England, 3rd ODI: Joe Root, Eoin Morgan Power England to Eight-Wicket Win in Leeds; Clinch Series 2-1



Batsmen Joe Root and Eoin Morgan shared a match-winning unbeaten 186-run stand to power England to a memorable series victory against India at Headingley in Leeds. Root hit his second successive hundred of the series, while captain Morgan played a crucial unbeaten knock of 88 to help the home side win the third and final match of the series by 8 wickets on Tuesday.

After losing the T20I series and the first ODI at Nottingham, England scripted a remarkable turnaround in the final two matches to clinch the limited-overs series by a 2-1 margin.

With this win, England exacted revenge for their 1-2 loss against India in the Twenty20 international series. This is also the first victory for England in limited over cricket over India since 2011. Chasing a moderate total of 257 to win, England openers James Vince (27) and Jonny Bairstow (30) earlier gave the hosts a good start, amassing 43 in 4.4 overs.

For India, skipper Virat Kohli played a brilliant knock of 71 before the home side dished out some disciplined bowling effort to restrict India to a modest 256 for 8.

The India captain scored 71 off 72 balls, inclusive of eight fours, but the Indian innings faltered in face of some quality spin bowling by Adil Rashid, who snapped 3 for 49 to hurt the middle order.

Left-arm medium-pacer David Willey (3/40) also claimed three wickets to contribute to his team.

Kohli forged a 71-run partnership for the second wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (44) but after the duo were dismissed under-fire Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 42 off 66 balls to shepherd the innings in the latter half.

Tailender Shardul Thakur (22) played a handy cameo of 22 not out off just 13 balls which helped the visitors to cross the 250-mark.

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