Pune: India hold their nerve to clinch the series with a nervy seven-run win in the third ODI! England needed 14 to win, but Natarajan stepped in and completed the job, conceding just six runs off it. It was not a perfect win in this match, amid a few drop catches and run-out opportunities, but the hosts did manage to finish the cross line in the end.
India’s openers began with more intent than in the previous two matches, Sharma and Dhawan guiding their team to 65 without loss after ten overs, compared to the 39 for no loss in the first match and 41 for 2 in the second. Liam Livingstone, playing only his second ODI and bowling for the first time, claimed a wicket of Rahul with his second ball.
“At one point, we thought of 360 but Rishabh and I got out at the wrong time, otherwise, it would have been a different story,” Hardik Pandya said after the end of Indian innings.
“I am not disappointed at missing out on the hundred. If Rishabh and Ia would have batted [on], it would have been different. At one point, we were looking at 360. We didn’t get what we expected for the team,” he added.
In the five overs between 15-20, India had scored 18 runs for the loss of three wickets. England’s other leg-spinner Liam Livingstone then removed K.L. Rahul (7 off 18 balls) and India were 157/4 in the 25th over with backs to the wall. Shardul Thakur (30 off 21) and Krunal Pandya (25 off 34) added 45 runs in seven overs.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prasidh Krishna, T Natarajan (replaces Kuldeep Yadav)
England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler(w/c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Mark Wood (replaces Tom Curran)