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India vs England 3rd ODI: India survive Sam Curran scare in thrilling decider to win series 2-1

India vs England: India overcame a valiant 95 not out from Sam Curran in a thrilling last-over finish to beat England in the 3rd ODI by 7 runs. Virat Kohli’s men completed a hat-trick of series wins against the ODI world champions on Sunday. India beat England by 7 runs to win ODI series on Sunday. Sam Curran’s 95 not out went in vain for England
Pant, Hardik and Shardul were the stars for India in series decider

India completed a remarkable period of international cricket by sealing their 5th series win since the resumption of the Covid-19 pandemic. Virat Kohli’s men survived a massive scare as Sam Curran’s valiant effort went in vain in the series decider that went down the wire in Pune on Sunday.

It was T Natarajan vs Sam Curran in the final over even as there were nervous faces in both the dugouts. However, the India pacer defended 14 runs in the final over to deny Curran and England the win in the hard-fought encounter. England were down and out at 168 for 6 but Curran made sure England did not go down without a fight.

After finishing on the right side of the thrilling encounter, India won the ODI series 2-1 against the world champions. India, who won the T20I and Test series in Australia, completed a hat-trick of series win against England at home.

This was also India’s 4th successive home series victory in ODIs, a run that began after the 2019 World Cup and the 2nd time India have won series in all 3 formats against a touring England side.

India vs England, 3rd ODI: Highlights
India were clinical on Sunday with Rishabh Pant (78), Shikhar Dhawan (67) and Hardik Pandya (64) leading the charge with the bat and Shardul Thakur (4/64) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/42) getting the job done with the ball despite a spirited lone-warrior effort from Sam Curran (95 not out).

India had headed into the 3rd ODI under a bit of pressure after being handed a thrashing in the 2nd ODI despite posting 336 In 50 overs. England had got to the target in just 43.3 overs after a brutal onslaught from Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow as the world champions proved no total is safe against them.

Once again, Virat Kohli lost the toss and India were asked to bat, on Sunday. And India showcased they are open to change in approach as Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma got to a strong start, posting 65 in the first 10 overs. The two openers added 103 for the opening wicket and put the pressure back on England.

However, England got back into the game with Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid picking up the Big 3 of India’s ODI batting unit — Virat Kohli, Rohit and Dhawan. India lost KL Rahul soon after and were under a spot of bother despite maintaining a healthy run rate.
Just when England were looking to pull things back further, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya joined hands and came up with a counter-attacking masterclass. Pant hit 4 sixes and 5 boundaries for his 62-ball 78 while Hardik hit 4 sixes and 5 boundaries for his 44-ball 64.

However, both the well-set batsmen fell in quick succession, allowing England to claw back into the contest. Despite a Shardul Thakur 21-ball 30, India managed only 329, losing their last 6 wickets for 74 runs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar steps ups and delivers early wickets
For the first time in the ODI series, England did not have a 100-run opening stand, thanks to Bhuvneshwar Kumar who proved yet again why he is one of the highly-rated white-ball bowlers going around. He removed Jason Roy in the first over by setting him up wonderfully.
In his very next over, he removed in-form Jonny Bairstow after India came up with a tactical masterstroke of having Rishabh Pant stand up to the stumps.

Dangerman ben Stokes failed to make the most of a dropped catch as he perished for 35, hitting a full-toss straight into the hands of the deep mid-wicket fielder. Jos Buttler’s poor run continued as Shardul Thakur once again showed he has the knack of taking big wickets by removing the England captain for 15.

Liam Livingstone and Dawid Malan tried to rescue the visitors with a 50-plus stand but Thakur returned to send both the batsmen back in quick succession.

Sam Curran waged a lone battle in the end but it was not enough as India restricted England to 322 in 50 overs. The all-rounder hit his maiden ODI fifty and took the game deep. Curran finished with 95 not out as England fell agonizingly short of the total by 7 runs.

Despite not playing a specialist spinner and their rookie pacers T Natarajan and Prasidh Krishna going for runs, Bhuvneshwar and Shardul stepped up and delivered in the crunch tie.

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