ODI series fizzles out as England outclass India in Leeds


A strong bowling performance from England and a somewhat lackluster batting display from England saw the hosts ease to an eight wicket win in the third ODI at Headingley.

England won the toss and inserted India who looked to keep wickets in hand rather than coming out of the gate strongly.

Rohit Sharma (2) struggled for the entirety of his 18 ball stay at the crease before he holed out flicking David Willey to leg.

Shikhar Dhawan (44) and Virat Kohli consolidated before the former was run out by some sharp work from Ben Stokes at midwicket. India were 84 for 2.

Kohli (71) was bowled by an absolute jaffer from Adil Rashid that left the India skipper’s mouth agape.

Rashid kept on getting wickets and when he completed his ten with figures of 3/49, Willey (3/40) returned to keep India from getting a big finish.

India would post 256 for 8 in their 50 overs and it never looked enough.

In reply England got off to a flying start thanks to Jonny Bairstow (30) who blasted away from the get go while James Vince looked on having come in for the injured Jason Roy.

Bairstow perished to a clever variation from Shardul Thakur and Vince (27) was run out to leave the hosts 74 for 2 but that brought the senior pair of Joe Root and Eoin Morgan at the wicket.

Root and Morgan (88*) played mature well-paced knocks that steadily pushed India out of the contest.

England’s senior professionals handled the threat of Kuldeep Yadav wonderfully well with contrasting approaches proving there is more than one way to skin a left-arm wrist-spinner.

The pair would see England over the line with 33 balls to spare. Root completed his hundred with the winning runs ending the series with a second consecutive unbeaten hundred.