ANS: India defeated England by seven runs in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) cricket in Pune last night, clinching the three-match series 2-1.
England could only manage 322 for nine in 50 overs against the victory target of 330-run; with Sam Curran smashing an unbeaten 95 runs in 83 balls, declared as the man of the match.
Jonny Bairstow (England) was declared as Player of the Series as the opener amassed 219 runs in the ODI series.
Shardul Thakur was in top form for India, returning with four wickets and Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped three dismissals. Also, T Natarajan took a wicket and held his nerves in the final over to take India to a thrilling series win. Earlier, the hosts were bowled out for 329 runs in 48.2 overs.
Rishabh Pant slammed a knock of 78 runs off 62 balls, and helped his side reach a competitive total. Shikhar Dhawan (67) and Hardik Pandya (64) also made decent contributions, scoring half-centuries against England. For England, Mark Wood took three wickets, and Adil Rashid registered two dismissals.
Meanwhile, Sam Curran, Reece Topley, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone registered a wicket each against the hosts.
Virat Kohli-led side has now won all the series’ in this England’s tour of India. India claimed the Test series 3-1 and then won the five-match T20I series by 3-2. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary, Jay Shah congratulated the Indian team following their 2-1 series win in the ODIs, saying that the hosts winning the limited-overs series after the Test series win is a “testament of consistency across formats”.
The BCCI Secretary also thanked England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for their commitment towards the series. British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis also congratulated the home side for winning all the series’ of the tour.