England would finally sleep tight following their 2-1 victory over the Indian team in the strenuous ODI series with the final being played at Headingley. Their victory also helped them retain the number 1 spot in the ODI rankings as well. Indian captain Virat Kohli would be disappointed with his team’s loss in the nerve-wracking duel, which could have given the Indian unit a much-needed boost prior to the 5 match test series.
England, after having won the toss, decided to put the Men in Blue under their bowling attack. Their plan worked, as the English unit managed to pick the first wicket of Rohit Sharma who managed to score a paltry 2 runs in 18 deliveries.
Indian captain Virat Kohli’s dismissal became the match-turning moment
Though skipper Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan looked decent in the middle, the left arm batsman’s run out by Ben Stokes put the team under hiatus. That was perhaps the last 50 wicket partnership and what followed was a flurry of wickets falling down at regular intervals from the Indian team.
The Indian team somehow crawled their way to 256-8 in their 50 overs play, courtesy Shardul Thakur for his 22 of 13 deliveries and MS Dhoni’s slow yet important knock of 42 from 66 deliveries.
Indian bowling attack failed to uproot Joe Root
Chasing a competitive 257, the England team managed to get some early runs, courtesy Jony Bairstow for his 30 of 13 deliveries. As soon as the partnership between the duo of Vince and Root started to develop, a run out from MS Dhoni sent Vince back to Pavillion in the 10th over of the game.
Yet, the game was still under England’s control, and thereafter the Indian bowling attack failed to make even a slight dent into their batting unit. Joe Root and skipper Eoin Morgan then held on the innings from both the ends and notched a partnership of 186 runs against a bowling attack of the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Yuzvedra Chahal and Shardul Thakur.
Let’s have a look at some of the statistics from the final game at Headingley between India and England.
- Joe Root and Eoin Morgan have scored the most number of runs as a batting pair for England in the shorter format of the game. Earlier, the title was held by Ian Bell and former skipper Alastair Cook, who had managed to score 2,118 runs as a duo.
- Indian skipper Virat Kohli is the fastest to 3,000 ODI runs as a captain. He reached the milestone in 49 innings, with AB de Villiers holding the previous record in 60 innings.
- India’s loss against England in the ODI series by 2-1, is the first time the team has failed to win a series under the captaincy of Virat Kohli.
- Kohli became the 4th Indian captain after Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni and Mohammed Azharuddin to score 3,000 runs in ODI cricket.
- Indian pacer Shardul Thakur is the 2nd Indian player to have scored a 6 in the 3 match ODI series against England, first being Rohit Sharma.
- Kohli’s winning streak comes to an end, following 8 consecutive bilateral series as a captain.
- Joe Root has the most number of ODI centuries (13) as an England player.
- Kohli is now the 19th skipper till date to have scored more than 3,000 runs in the white ball cricket.
- India’s loss in the decider game of a 3 match series cam way back in 1997, against Pakistan at Lahore.