England grab victory in 3rd ODI; India claim series 2-1

MADRID, 22nd JAN: Eoin Morgan finally had something to write home about as England beat India by five runs at the Eden Gardens to win the third ODI of the three-match series. While England won the match, India clinched the series 2-1.

      Chasing 322 under lights at the Eden Gardens is never easy. And when the likes of Virat Kohli (55), Yuvraj Singh (45) and MS Dhoni (25) walk back to the hut with the team still needing 149, the writing is on the wall.

      But Kedar and Pandya showed great character as they took India to the brink of a come-from-behind win. Maturity was writ large on the duo’s face as they put on 104 for the sixth wicket at 7.51 runs per over. They kept picking the singles and waited for the loose deliveries.

     Needing 93 off the last 10 overs, they broke loose and showed they have what it takes to take the team home. But Pandya’s untimely dismissal in the 46th over changed the complexion of the match and England romped home.

     But, the nervousness was clearly visible on the face of the Englishmen as India needed just six runs off four deliveries after Kedar hit a six and a boundary off the first two balls from Woakes’s final over of the innings.

       Yet, it was so close yet so far for the team as Kedar perished off the second last ball of the innings, with India still needing six runs. Earlier, it was a brilliant effort by the English batsmen as they made a solid start, despite the seaming conditions. The Indian bowlers kept beating the edge of England openers Jason Roy and Sam Billings, but they didn’t lose focus and put on 98 for the opening wicket before Ravindra Jadeja sent Billings (35) packing. England finished with 321/8 in their allotted 50 overs.

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