England wins 3rd ODI by 5 runs, India seals series by 2-1

Photo of England cricket team players celebrating their victory over India during their 3rd and final ODI match at Kolkata's Eden Gardens stadium.

Kolkata: Visitor team England defeated host India by five runs during their third and final One Day International (ODI), Paytm cricket series at Eden Gardens stadium in Kolkata today.

England registered their first victory of their Indian cricket tour, edging past the hosts by five runs in the inconsequential third and final game.

Chasing 322 to win, India almost rode on Kedar Jadhav’s brilliant 90 off just 75 balls along with Hardik Pandya’s career-best score of 56 off 43 balls, which saw a match-winning 104-run sixth wicket stand off just 83 balls.

But, with 16 runs needing in the last over, Jadhav hit a six and a four off the first two balls to give the 66,000-odd crowd some hope, but fell to Chris Woakes eventually.

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Earlier, opted to bat first, England team sets target of 322 runs for host India to win the third One Day Internationals (ODI) at the Eden Gardens stadium here in Kolkata today.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli today won the toss and elected to field first against England in the third One-Day International (ODI) played at the Eden Gardens. There has been one change in the playing eleven of India, as Ajinkya Rahane gets into playing XI replacing Shikhar Dhawan.

England’s two changes included Joe Root making way for Jonny Bairstow while Sam Billings replaced injured Alex Hales. Match is expected to be a high scoring one keeping in mind the fast outfield. However, the longer boundaries of Eden will ensure less sixes and more grounded boundaries.

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Virat Kohli after winning the toss stated: “Won’t change too much. It’s always been a good chasing ground, quick outfield, ball travels in the air quickly and the dew as well. There’s nothing like keeping winning games. Its important to create good habits and sustain them.

On the other hand England skipper stated: “Most grass I’ve seen on a Kolkata wicket,” says Eoin Morgan, “We’ve been very competitive, lot of strong points from the two games before. Our batters have performed really well but our bowlers haven’t quite hit their straps. Haven’t played a complete game yet. Scoring 350 as a side in the first two games puts the batsmen in a good space.”

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