India v/s England: Men In Blue Triumphs The Cliff-Hanger Finish To Win ODI Series!
India v/s England: What do you say about a series in which Player of the Match & Player of the Series both goes to the losing team? – STUNNING!
Stunning it was with Men In Blue just kept their nerve to brush pass the valiant & defiant effort from Team England & this time it was the South-Paw Rookie Sam Curran who almost sealed it for them but fell short by mere 7 runs & team India registers 2-1 ODI series win and completes white-washing the touring side with Test & T-20 series already in the bag. (Also read: How to own a fleet of Luxury Cars with a Monthly Salary of Rs.38,000? )
As expected, it was another batting paradise at MCA Stadium, Pune, with Captain Kohli losing 3rd toss in a row & England gleefully asking India to bat first after registering a morale-crushing win chasing in 2nd ODI. India though started in some style this time around with both Rohit & Shikhar scoring at brisk pace scoring above 6 runs per over to take the score to 103 when Rohit got bamboozled by a deceiving googly by Adil Rashid rattling his stumps & soon Dhawan too departed to same bowler handing a return catch. The mini collapse didn’t end at this with Virat & last match centurion KL Rahul too made quick exit to the dugout falling prey to English spinners and all of a sudden score read 157/4 at half-way mark & fans feared a quick wrap up. (Also Read: Is PM Modi Visiting Orakandi Temple In Bangladesh Violation Of Election MCC? )
However, the two in-form Power Hitters in Pant & Pandya took counter charge to the English bowling attack and added 99 runs in just 11.4 overs not only resurrecting the innings but also took the run rate well over 7 runs per over. Just when it looked that the duo would take the score well past 370-380, Pant perished trying to score off a yorker beautifully grabbed by Butler behind stumps & Pandya too perished soon thereafter. The English bowlers came back strongly to bundle out India at 329 with 10 balls to spare going to innings break high on confidence & adrenaline. (Also Read: To Send or Not? Catch-22 Situation for Worried Parents Amidst COVID Resurgence! )
In reply, Jason Roy started with 3 boundaries in Bhuvi’s 1st over and memories of 2nd ODI flashed momentarily in everyone’s mind. Bhuvi, however, has the last laugh with an absolutely unplayable in-swinging delivery knocking off Roy’s stump & England were 1 down at end of 1st over. Soon Bhuvi grabbed last match centurion Johny Bairstow and when Ben Stokes & Jos Butler departed with Score reading 95/4, it seemed all done & dusted for team England. (Also Read: Another Century for India: Why is it no one bragging about it? )
When it is India v/s England, its never over till its over & team England was in no mood to give up so easily with Dawid Malan & Livingstone continuing the most revered English tactic of counter offensive that has made them No.1 ODI side & one of the best chasing team, it was actually the South-Paw Sam Curran who came with England tottering at 200/7 & mixed caution with aggression to take the match deeper first in partnership with Moeen Ali & later with tail ender Adil Rashid & Mark Wood. With 14 runs required in last over, it was a battle of nerve & it was Team India with T Natarajan finally got his Yorker length right & England couldn’t get that final push across the finishing line & India clinching the series 2-1. (Also Read: Singing Apps: Commercial Exploitation of your passion or gateway to Stardom? )
Sam Curran for his valor was awarded the Player of the Match & Johny Bairstow, Player of the Series, it was a fantastic fight of Zeal, Grit, Talent & Fearless Cricket between World’s Top-2 sides and a perfect end to the series with Men in Blue giving perfect Holi gifts to their billion followers.
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