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India survive Curran scare to complete hattrick of series wins against England

India accomplished one in all its greatest four-month spells throughout codecs, pipping England by a mere 7 runs within the third and ultimate ODI after surviving Sam Curran’s decided assault in an thrilling contest for a well-deserved hat-trick of sequence victories.

For India, close to domination of England in all three codecs at dwelling comes straight after humbling Australia in their very own yard earlier this yr throughout a gruelling tour.

The two-1 triumph in opposition to the reigning world champions in 50-over cricket will definitely please Virat Kohli however he’ll by no means be amused by the truth that India practically let the sport slip away with some unimaginative bowling and poor fielding on the loss of life.

Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya hit stroke-filled half-centuries however Indian lower-order additionally caved in meekly to accept a below-par 329 on a fantastic batting observe.

However Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/42) and new all-rounder in making Shardul Thakur (4/67 and 30 runs) bought the breakthroughs at simply the precise instances earlier than Curran (95 not out off 83 balls) nearly modified the outcome singlehandedly.

England completed on 322 for 9.

Yorker specialist Thangarasu Natarajan bowled an excellent ultimate over with England needing 14 however Curran may handle solely six runs as a result of the Indian bowled largely within the block-hole.

It was a gettable whole on a flat pitch however Kohli’s ploy to assault with predominantly tempo assault paid off for the higher a part of the sport earlier than Curran launched a swift counter-assault.

Bhuvneshwar introduced in his practically decade lengthy expertise with a fantastic inswinger that castled Jason Roy (14).

He then bowled one other in-cutter which left Jonny Bairstow (1) on the mistaken facet of the Determination Assessment System after the opener was pressured to stay contained in the crease when Pant got here as much as the stumps.

Ben Stokes (35, 39 balls) bought a reprieve when he appeared all however out with Pandya dropping a dolly at mid-off.

And when it appeared that Stokes will dispatch Natarajan into the deep sq. leg stands, he managed to hit the complete toss straight to Shikhar Dhawan, who did his well-known thigh slap celebration.

Jos Buttler (15 off 18 balls) was then trapped leg earlier than by Thakur as England stared down the barrel at 95 for Four when Liam Livingstone (36) and Dawid Malan (50) joined forces for a 60-run stand.

Livingstone’s on-drive and a pull off Thakur had been elegant photographs and as soon as he was set, he lofted Krunal Pandya for a six over long-on.

Nonetheless, Livingstone had a lapse of focus whereas attempting to examine his shot off an innocuous full-toss from Thakur which ended within the easiest of return catches.

With half of the staff gone for 155, the match grew to become a no-contest when Thakur had Malan pulling straight to Rohit Sharma at quick mid-wicket.

However then Curran, first with Adil Rashid after which with Mark Wooden, practically modified the sport earlier than India prevailed.

Earlier, Pant’s glowing knock of 78 off 62 balls was nicely supported by Hardik (64 off 44 balls) however India misplaced their final 4 wickets for a mere eight runs to complete a minimum of 30 wanting a aggressive whole on one other belter.

Pant, throughout his career-best knock plundered, 4 maximums and 5 boundaries, whereas Hardik had 5 fours and 4 sixes throughout their 99-run stand for the fifth wicket.

Nonetheless, Krunal Pandya’s (25 off 34 balls) severe limitations whereas dealing with specific tempo had been uncovered by Wooden (3/34) as India misplaced the momentum throughout the ultimate 10 overs regardless of an excellent 103 run opening stand inside 15 overs between Rohit Sharma (37; 6×4) and Shikhar Dhawan (67 off 56; 10×4).

It was a day when India’s prime order was troubled by English spinners with Adil Rashid’s (2/81 in 10 overs) googlies in successive overs eradicating Rohit and Dhawan.

Skipper Virat Kohli (7) tried to rock again and play a lower shot solely to be bowled by a Moeen Ali off-break.

Nonetheless, Pant began off from the place he had left within the final sport and ditto for Hardik as they took aside Rashid by studying mistaken ‘uns nicely.

Hardik smashed three sixes off Ali which pressured the captain to take him out of assault as 200 got here within the 30th over.

As soon as each had been dismissed in fast succession, it required a 30 off 21 balls from “new all-rounder” Thakur for a complete in extra of 325 on the board.

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