India vs England, 3rd ODI, Headingley, highlights: ENG beat IND by 8 wickets, clinch series 2-1
Okay then! End of a fairly one-sided ODI series. The T20Is were more competitive, in my opinion. India won that 2-1 while England have done that in the ODIs. The teams now get ready for a 5-match Test series and surprisingly, neither side has announced its squad yet. That begins on the 1st of August, 2018 at Edgbaston, Birmingham. That is all from us for tonight. Before we leave, please do follow cricket from other parts of the world – Zimbabwe playing Pakistan, Sri Lanka taking on South Africa and of course, Windies playing Bangladesh. Plenty of cricket. Take some rest for now. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious English captain, Eoin Morgan, terms the win as OUTSTANDING. Stresses that the win was set up by Mark Wood and David Willey – especially because the ball swung for only the first 3-4 overs but they adjusted well and changed their line and length. Feels good about the run chase too, not giving India too many opportunities. On his decision at the toss, he says that he expected the pitch to be a belter, giving a chase of around 300-320 but then praises his bowlers for keeping India quiet. On his own success, he says that any captain is only as good as his team and his players are responsible for England’s status today. Admits that India thrashed his side at Trent bridge but then his unit bounced back. Agrees that they have managed to pick Kuldeep Yadav well as the series progressed. Is now looking to the future ahead for England in the coming months – Sri Lanka in the Island nation, then the Windies at home.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, admits that India were never on the mark as far as the runs on the board were concerned – 25 or 30 less is the number. Praises England for being on the mark with the ball and feels they deserved the win. On the pitch, he feels that it was a bit damp at the start, then became two-paced and against the spinners, it became really slow, which made matters difficult for the Indian batsmen. Praises Moeen and Rashid for bowling well in pairs and stifling his team well. On the team changes, Virat says that it was a tactical decision – Bhuvneshwar was fit while Thakur looked good in his last game – hence both came in. As far as Karthik is concerned, he says that he wanted to give him a good run in the middle order. Stresses that tactical decisions look good when they come off but questionable when they don’t. On being asked about the World Cup in 2019, VK says that these kind of losses show them exactly what needs to be rectified in the remaining 16-17 matches to the major event. On the upcoming Test series, he says that India are not too worried about the 5-match series as his batsmen are in really good form and he expects a fine contest with England expected to give them a run for their money. On being asked about Rashid dismissing him, Kohli manages a smile and says that he has played Rashid since the Under-19s and is surprised to see him not turning the ball as much as he was doing at that age. Says that Rashid is a quality bowler and bowled really well today.
JOE ROOT IS THE MAN OF THE SERIES for scoring 216 runs being dismissed only once. He says that it feels fantastic coming into a big series and perform the way his side has done. States that it is a testament to the way the team has performed in the past few months. Praises the bowlers for bowling really well and then the way the run chase was handled – ruthless is the word he chooses. On the pitch and the run chase, he says that there was hardly any scoreboard pressure thanks to the bowlers and it was only about building partnerships. On fighting his way back to form, he says that he just backed himself, trusted in his abilities and it all got together. On England’s excellent ODI record at Headingley (winning 5 on the trot), he smiles and says that he is not too sure about the reason for that but as far as today’s game is concerned, he says that the team was up for it, as it was a finale. Is now looking forward to the Test series against India, citing them as a very good and dangerous team.
ADIL RASHID IS THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS 3/49. He feels that all the seniors played really well today. Adds that all the bowlers bowled tight lines and got their rewards. Stressing further, he says that the seamers stuck to their lengths and the spinners just concentrated on hitting the right areas. On being asked about dismissing Kohli, he says it gives a lot of confidence in dismissing the best batsman in the world but what satisfies him even more is that the team profited by it. Thanks the crowd for coming out in numbers to support them.
The one ball which changed the match – 30.1 – Adil Rashid bowling to Virat Kohli in supreme form, only to see the batsman miss a fairly normal leg spinning ball, to skid through and hit the timber. India lost momentum from there. At that stage, with the score reading 156, possibly 270-280 was on the cards. Then, when Hardik and Dhoni were batting, India sensed a fightback. But the former’s wicket robbed them of momentum again and the quickfire 35-run stand for the 8th wicket in 25 balls between Bhuvi and Shardul was just a factor of giving the total a decent look. The presentation is coming up…
How good were England with the ball early on? They were the ones responsible for the visitors not putting any pressure. Mark Wood and David Wiley bowled a sensational opening spell, even though it did not have enough wickets and then the spin twins took over. Adil Rashid took 3 wickets, continuing his excellent form this year while David Willey came back towards the end to take a 3-fer.
‘If Kohli does not get a hundred, India are going to lose’ – a strong statement by Sourav Ganguly on air. No, I don’t want to be a cheeky press writer trying to catch the reader’s attention with quirky headlines. What Ganguly said before that was – if India’s batting does not support Kohli, it will suffer in the long run. Kohli said at the toss that he wanted to bat first any which ways but Morgan had judged the pitch to perfection. He expected the track to get better as the game progressed and that is exactly what happened – it seemed like someone had changed the pitch in the innings break.
Now, about Joe Root. He has registered his 13th ODI ton, the most by an English player, going past Marcus Trescothick. There were fingers pointed at him due to his sorry form in T20Is – so much so that he had taken a break in the early part of the year from that format – pulling himself out of the T20I tri-series against Australia and New Zealand. Then he came back here, struggled against Australia, where he managed just one 50 in 5 innings but here, with consecutive hundreds, he has done himself no harm with a cracker of a Test series coming up…
While we are harping over the ease with which England chased down a fairly competitive total today, one also needs to look at how India bowled and fielded. They seemed to lack intent – as if already having given up on the chase. The fielding was lacklustre too which did not help their cause. And the ‘KULCHA’ today did not work well for India – wicketless in 20 overs – the FIRST TIME it has happened when both have played in an ODI. Bhuvi was rusty, Pandya was not at his best while Thakur lacked experience.
A perfectly planned run chase by the home side. First Bairstow set the tone by trying to catch the 7 pm train in a 13-ball 30 which had 7 boundaries in it. That gave England enough runs as a cushion to play out Kuldeep and Chahal with ease. Morgan and Root then eased themselves into form, especially the latter, who will be crucial in the 5-match Test series to follow after this.
44.4 : England : 260/2
44.3: H Pandya to Joe Root, FOUR! CENTURY FOR ROOT, SERIES FOR ENGLAND! What a knock… consecutive tons for the man who was ‘out of form’. A high full toss outside off, Root heaves it over mid-wicket and finds the boundary! First, we check whether it is a waist high no ball, but it is fine and Root hugs his skipper! Well played, England. Well played, Root.
44.1 : England : 255/2
44.1: H Pandya to Joe Root, Excellent fielding by Dinesh Karthik! Guess who will be the happiest seeing that? Joe Root. He pulls this short delivery outside off towards deep mid-wicket and nearly gets it to the fence. That would have sealed the match with Root stranded on 98. But Dinesh Karthik gets to the ball from mid-wicket and pulls it back in! Two runs taken, now he is still in with a chance to get his ton! England need 2, he needs 4!