England post decent 321/8 vs India in 3rd ODI

England post decent 321/8 vs India in 3rd ODI

England post decent 321/8 vs India in 3rd ODI
 India's bowlers put up a comparatively better show even as England managed a competitive score of 321 for 8 riding on a late flourish from Ben Stokes in the third and final ODI, here today.

Stokes hammered the Indian attack in final overs with his unbeaten 39-ball-57 had four boundaries and two sixes. The last seven overs produced 75 runs as England jumped from 246 for 6 to 321 for 8.

With Stokes on fire, Jasprit Bumrah's horrifying series continued despite a decent first-spell of 4-1-17-0. His final figures read 10-1-68-1. This is after 2/79 (10 overs) and 2/81 (9 overs) in the previous two games.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya was the pick of the Indian bowler with figures of 10-1-49-3 and along with Ravindra Jadeja (2/62) triggered England's slide after a brilliant opening partnership of 98 between in-form Jason Roy (65) and Sam Billings (35).

Roy struck 10 boundaries and a six in what was his third fifty in a row. One drop Jonny Bairstow scored 56 from 64 balls (5x4, 1x6) and skipper Eoin Morgan slammed a quickfire 43 from 44 balls (2x4, 3x6) but the 'Men In Blue' were a shade better as the final total will suggest.

Following the promising first hour for the visitors, India finally got the much-awaited breakthrough two balls after drinks break when Jadeja dismissed Billings (35) and in the very next over he claimed Roy for a third time on trot.

But the England skipper, fresh from an attacking century in Cuttack, kept them going before gifting his wicket flicking a terrible ball to short fine leg, which could have been easily walloped for a boundary.

The opener's unconvincing stay ended when he reverse swept Jadeja and looped straight to Bumrah.

English opener Roy notched his third fifty in a row as he along with Sam Billings did well to negotiate the first hour on a moving Eden Gardens track to put up a solid foundation.

The seamers did well to trouble the openers but failed to give any breakthrough as it was England's session, giving them a clear chance to reach 350-plus.

Roy brought up the fifty with a six over long on against Jadeja but only to become his bunny. Roy once again failed to convert his start. It was a chance to convert his start. He was done in again after a half-century. Jadeja's delivery skipped on and bowled him.

Put in, England were off to a watchful start with the ball moving around thanks to the green patches on the centre strip.

There was pace and bounce in the first over as Bhuveneshwar impressed once again hitting the deck and getting movements off the seam.

Drafted into the side in place of the injured Alex Hales, Billings had an anxious start and was lucky to survive with the ball beating his edge as both the openers remained on zero after two overs.

Bairstow released some pressure with a sweep off Ashwin for four and had luck going on his way when he survived twice on 28 and 46.

First it was a short ball and he guided straight to third man, but only for replays to show it was a no-ball by Bumrah.

Then with Pandya bowling, umpire Anil Chaudhary gave him a caught-behind dismissal before Bairstow went in for a successful review.

It's a short ball, cramping him for room, went in for a pull despite that and it seemed like he missed it but Dhoni loud appeal made it look like convincing.

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