A very big 186-run partnership between Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan helped England cruise comfortably to an eight-wicket victory over India, sealing a 2-1 ODI series win, here today.
England's Joe Root and skipper Eoin Morgan celebrate after winning the deciding ODI in Headingley on Tuesday.
Having split the limited-overs series - India won the Twenty20s, England the ODIs - the first of five tests begins on August 1 at Edgbaston. Adil Rashid's six wickets ensured that he not only stayed in the eighth spot but also achieved his career-high of 681. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, on the other hand, is undergoing a fitness test. MS Dhoni scored 42 off 66 balls to shepherd the innings in the latter half. I think the tone was set by the bowlers early on, David Willey and Mark Wood were on the money. He scalped three wickets but gave away 68 runs in his 10 overs.
They easily handled the threat of India wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who combined for 20 overs, conceded 96 overs, and no wickets.
Root joined in by Morgan replicated their partnership template from Lords as they rotated the strike well and didnt mind when no boundaries flowed for a couple overs.
With the series levelled at 1-1 after two one-sided games in the ongoing India-England ODI series, the third and final game is expected to be a cliffhanger.
Billings will be available for Kent's match with Surrey at The Spitfire Ground on Friday as this is the last white-ball match before the five-match Test series with India begins. Kohli clipped the ball to square leg but was not keen on a single.
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England restricted India to 256-8, a target which is deemed to be a doddle in this era.
Leg-spinner Rashid snared the wicket of Virat Kohli for 71, while opener Shikhar Dhawan was run out for 44 by a brilliant piece of Ben Stokes' fielding.
Dinesh Karthik, preferred to KL Rahul for this match, then made 21 from 22 balls before he was bowled between bat and pad by Rashid. A fizzing leg break from Rashid pitched on middle and leg and passed the outside edge of the bat to clip the off bail.
Recently, Dhoni added another feather to his illustrious cap as he became fourth Indian and 12th overall in ODI history to score 10,000 runs.
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