• Thursday, Sep 23, 2021
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India edge England despite Curran heroics to seal ODI series

  • Published at 11:21 pm March 28th, 2021
India captain Virat Kohli successfully dives to take the catch of England's Adil Rashi during their third and final one-day international (ODI) cricket match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Sunday AFP

India, who had already won the Test and Twenty20 series, set England 330 to win and despite Sam Curran's unbeaten 95, England finished on 322 for nine off their 50 overs

India beat England by seven runs on Sunday to clinch the one-day series 2-1 despite a courageous unbeaten 95 from Sam Curran.

England, who had already lost the Test and Twenty20 series, bowled out India for 329. 

Curran then equalled the biggest one-day innings by a batsman coming in at eight or lower but India held on to win.

Indian seamers Shardul Thakur and Bhuvneshwar Kumar shared seven wickets between them as England finished on 322 for nine.

India were bowled out in 48.2 overs after Rishabh Pant (78) and Hardik Pandya (64) put on 99 for the fifth-wicket after being put into bat first.

England were in trouble at 200-7 when Curran came in and built key partnerships including a 60-run ninth-wicket stand with Mark Wood, who made 14 before being run out in the final over.

Kumar admitted that his side were "tense" going into the finale.

But needing 14 to win off the final six balls, Curran came up against a disciplined effort from T. Natarajan who gave away just one boundary.

The left-handed Curran, who was twice dropped, hit nine fours and three sixes in his 83-ball knock.

Earlier,  England bowled out India for 329 in 48.2 overs after attacking half-centuries from Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya in the deciding third one-day international on Sunday.

Pace bowler Mark Wood claimed three wickets while leg-spinner Adil Rashid took two after England opted to bowl in the decider in Pune.

England need 330 to clinch the series at a venue where they chased down 337 in the previous ODI to go level 1-1.

Pant top-scored with 78 and Hardik smashed 64 after India were in trouble at 157-4.

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