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3rd ODI in Pics: India Survive Curran Scare to Beat England And Win Series 2-1

India survived a scare from England all-rounder Sam Curran (95 not out off 83 balls) as they managed to beat England by a slender 7-run margin in the third and final ODI at the MCA Stadium, Pune on Sunday night to clinch the 3-match series 2-1.

Updated: 2021-03-28 19:29:36 | Edited By: aditya chauhan
Team India Complete 'All-Format Hat-Trick'
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Team India Complete 'All-Format Hat-Trick'

The Indian cricket team completed one of its best four-month spells across formats, pipping England by a mere 7 runs after surviving Sam Curran's determined assault in an edge-of-the seat third and final ODI for a well-deserved hat-trick of series victories.

Complete Domination - Team India
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Complete Domination - Team India

For India, near domination of England in all three formats at home comes straight after humbling Australia in their own backyard earlier this year during a gruelling tour. The 2-1 triumph against the reigning world champions in 50-over cricket will certainly please Virat Kohli but he will not at all be amused by the fact that India nearly let the game slip away with some unimaginative bowling and poor fielding at the death.

Curran's Knock Goes in Vain
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Curran's Knock Goes in Vain

England all-rounder Sam Curran took his team almost over the finishing line with his gusty 83-ball 95 not out before Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and T Natarajan pulled back things for India to register a 7-run win in the series-decider in Pune on Sunday.

Pant-Pandya Key to Success
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Pant-Pandya Key to Success

Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya hit stroke-filled half-centuries but Indian lower-order also caved in meekly to settle for a below-par 329 on a great batting track.

Kung Fu Pandya Shine With Bat
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Kung Fu Pandya Shine With Bat

Pant's sparkling knock of 78 off 62 balls was well supported by Hardik (64 off 44 balls) but India lost their last four wickets for a mere eight runs to finish at least 30 short of a competitive total on another belter.

'Shardul Thakur Show' in Pune
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'Shardul Thakur Show' in Pune

Experienced pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/42) and new all-rounder in making Shardul Thakur (4/67 and 30 runs) got the breakthroughs at just the right times before player of the match Curran (95 not out off 83 balls) almost changed the result singlehandedly coming in at no.8.

Dhawan-Rohit Join Elite List
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Dhawan-Rohit Join Elite List

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma emulated the iconic duo of Sourav Ganguly-Sachin Tendulkar in One Day International cricket after giving Team India an impressive start in the series decider on Sunday. Both Dhawan and Rohit Sharma joined the legendary opening pair of Tendulkar and Ganguly by completing 5,000 runs together in ODIs.

Natarajan Bags 'Prized Scalp' And Series For IND
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Natarajan Bags 'Prized Scalp' And Series For IND

14 runs were required off the last 6 balls and T Natarajan, who was playing for the first time in the series, had the ball in his hand. He bowled at good lengths and cramped Sam Curran to hand India the match and the series.

Kohl Stunner Tilts Match
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Kohl Stunner Tilts Match

Captain Virat Kohli took a blinder of a catch to dismiss Adil Rashid for 19. With this, India break the threatening 57-run stand between Sam Curran and Rashid for the 8th wicket.

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