England beat India by 8 wickets to win ODI series

England beat India by 8 wickets to win ODI series
England’s Adil Rashid (R) and Virat Kohli in action during the third ODI match. (AP)
Leeds, Jul 17 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/18/2018 12:45:11 AM IST
Joe Root and Skipper Eoin Morgan scored a brilliant century and half-century respectively to guide England to a comfortable eight-wicket win over India in the third ODI in Leeds on Tuesday. With this victory, England won the series 2-1.
Chasing 257, the hosts were two down with 74 runs on board, before Root and Morgan put up an unbeaten solid partnership of 186 runs to guide England to victory.
Earlier, leg-spinner Adil Rashid’s triple strikes in the middle overs helped England restrict India to 256/8. Put in to bat, India rode on captain Virat Kohli’s run-a-ball 71, combined with his predecessor MS Dhoni’s laborious 66-ball 42 and a valuable 44 from opener Shikhar Dhawan even as Rashid applied the brakes to return figures of 3/49 off his 10 overs.
India were in trouble early on, losing in-form opener Rohit Sharma for a sluggish 18-ball 2, before Dhawan and Kohli forged a 71-run second wicket stand to inject life back into the innings.
With the right-left duo of Kohli and Dhawan going all guns blazing, all-rounder Ben Stokes brought the hosts back into the game with the run-out of Dhawan. Dinesh Karthik made a quickfire 22-ball 21 but an inside edge off a tossed up delivery from Rashid ended his stay.
Kohli kept his cool to raise his 48th ODI half century and thereafter began switching gears even as Suresh Raina (1) joined him in the middle.
However, Rashid and fellow spinner Moeen Ali managed to keep the run flow in check, which prompted both the Indian batsmen to take risks and in the process the leggie bamboozled the India skipper with a ripper before Raina too departed off the same over. Dhoni once again came to the rescue with a hard working innings, and together with Hardik Pandya (21 off 21 balls), raised a 36-run stand for the sixth wicket before adding another 27 runs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (21 off 35).
Towards the end, pacer Shardul Thakul produced a brilliant cameo of 13-ball unbeaten 22 as India’s total crossed the 250-run mark.
For England, besides Rashid’s three wickets, pacer David Willey also returned figures of 3/40.
Brief Scores: England (Joe Root - 100*, Eoin Morgan - 88*, Shardul Thakur - 1/51) beat India (Kohli 71, Dhawan 44, Dhoni 42; Willey 3/40, Rashid 3/49) by 8 wickets.

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