What a match it has been today between England the world’s number 1 ranked team in ODI format and India the world’s number 2 ranked team in the same format. The captain of the Indian team Virat Kohli has lost the toss once again and the Indian team once again batted first. The opener of the Indian team Rohit Sharma batted with the strike-rate of 100, he scored 37 runs and out. Shikhar Dhawan faced 56 deliveries and scored 67 runs. The captain of the team Virat Kohli dismissed with just seven runs.
Indian team batsmen were four down at 157 including Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul. Rishabh Pant † was the batsman who took charge and smashed all English bowlers all around the park. He scored 78 runs off 62 balls. He completed his beautiful innings by smashing five boundaries and four maximums. KL Rahul did not succeed today in terms of scoring runs. His wicket was fallen when he was at 7. Hardik Pandya smashed five 4s and four 6s, he added 64 runs off 44 balls to his team’s scoreboard. Krunal Pandya contributed 25 runs, Shardul Thakur 30. The Indian team had not batted the complete 50 overs, they were all out in 48.2 overs.
In reply, the visitor team England lost their two batsmen with 28 runs on the board. Their 3rd wicket fallen at 68, 4th at 95, 5th at 155. So England also lost their five top-order batsmen near 150. Things were looking so difficult for the English team at that point. When their 6th wicket fallen at 168 the target was looking impossible. Moeen Ali’s dismissal was the last huge damage for the England team but Sam Curran took charge and smashed all Indian bowlers all around the park. He scored 95 runs off 83 balls not out. He tried his best but in the end, India won by just 7 runs. Today’s match will be the last match of the England tour of India 2021. It will also be the ODI series decider because both teams got one victory each.
IND vs ENG Highlights today Sunday, 3-28-2021 – 3rd ODI (D/N), England tour of India from Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
Jos Buttler won the toss again and chose to bowl once again.
Virat Kohli: The old saying is the toss is not in your control – it’s completely out of my control now! I would have bowled first as well. Looks like the best wicket of the series. Looking forward to executing our plans, putting a strong total on the board, and defending with the ball. Our best cricket has come when our backs have been against the wall. We had to come back in the Test series, and T20Is we had to come back twice. Not had to come back here, but it’s a decider. One change, tactical one looking at how the wicket has panned out. T Natarajan plays instead of Kuldeep Yadav.
Jos Buttler: Looks a very good wicket so we’re going to bowl again. Very proud of the way we played the last match, committing to our style and fashion of playing. It’s been a fantastic tour, some fantastic matches along the way, and coming down to a series decider is fantastic. Desperate to win. Mark Wood for Tom Curran.
India team: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 KL Rahul , 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Shardul Thakur, 10 T Natarajan, 11 Prasidh Krishna.
England team: 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jonny Bairstow, 3 Ben Stokes, 4 Dawid Malan, 5 Jos Buttler (capt & wk), 6 Liam Livingstone, 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Sam Curran, 9 Adil Rashid, 10 Mark Wood, 11 Reece Topley.
Match Timings: 08:00 GMT | 13:30 Local
Umpires – Nitin Menon, Anil Chaudhary
TV Umpires – Virender Sharma
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – KN Ananthapadmanabhan
Match number – ODI no. 4284