- India beat England by seven runs in decisive one-day match
- With this, Team India won the three-match ODI series 2–1.
- Earlier, India had won the Test series 3-1 and T20 series 3-2.
In the third ODI against England, the Indian team survived by losing. That too when the top-5 batsmen of the opposition team had 155 runs, while 7 batsmen had returned to the pavilion by 200 runs. Team India looked to struggle a lot in the last 10 overs ahead of 22-year-old youngster Sam Karan (95 not out, 83 balls, 9 fours and 3 sixes). Dhoni was reminded of his captaincy as Team India struggled.
Having retired, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was fully prepared for such matches. They knew when to bowling with which bowler and what field to decorate for which batsman. Along with this, he was expert in getting the best out of the bowlers. There are many instances when the match is implicated and Dhoni’s deftness comes in handy. His biggest weapon was to be cool.
Dhoni is considered to be the best batsman and captain in the world for the matches. If the match played on Sunday was stuck the way Team India would have seen such a struggle. Virat Kohli has flopped on several occasions. Despite the help of Rohit Sharma, he could not break Sam Karan’s break. The result was that England looked limited to 250 runs and reached 322 runs.
Now let’s talk about the use of bowlers. India used 6 bowlers in the match, out of which 3 took wickets. Shardul Thakur has 4 wickets while Bhuvneshwar has 3 wickets. Apart from these two, T. Natarajan got one wicket. The account of the famous Krishna and Krunal Pandya who made a debut in the match was not opened. England had 261 runs in the last 10 overs, while their 8 wickets had fallen. Here he needed 69 runs to win, while England’s tail was the batsman. Virat will have to devise a strategy to deal with the tail batsmen, so that the upcoming matches do not bring such a situation.
Sam Karan and Mark Wood put India on the backfoot, adding 60 runs in 61 balls for the 9th wicket. Apart from captain Kohli, Rohit Sharma also had to hit the fronts and after each ball these two were seen meeting Boller. Such opportunities are rarely seen during Dhoni. Well, talking about the match, the hosts India batted first and scored 329 runs in 48.2 overs and then stopped England for 322 runs for nine wickets in 50 overs. For England, Karan scored an unbeaten innings of 95 runs off 83 balls with nine fours and three sixes.