England rock, India roll..

Tanya Simon
July 18, 2018

England, who will be bidding to win the World Cup for the first time when they stage next year's edition, had said they would treat Tuesday's match as a dress rehearsal for a winner-takes-all game at the showpiece tournament. This win secured the series, 2-1, against the number two ranked side in the world in the sort of conditions that India themselves would have welcomed: a dry surface offering some turn to their spin bowlers.

Despite Root and Morgan hitting England home, spinner Adil Rashid received man of the match for three wickets, including a stunning dismissal of India captain and top-scorer Virat Kohli. There followed a few nervous moments for England as the third umpire confirmed that the ball had broken the stumps before the intervention of Jos Buttler's gloves, an outcome that would have relieved England's wicket keeper since he had earlier spilled a tough chance off Moeen Ali when Kohli was on 23.

This latest hundred was also Test skipper Root's 13th in ODIs, taking him past the England record of 12 he had previously shared with Marcus Trescothick.

While Dhoni went past 10,000 ODI runs during the second match in Lord's, he was heavily criticised for his 59-ball 37.

MS Dhoni's struggles in the ODI series against England have come under the scanner.

Leg-spinner Rashid snared the wicket of Virat Kohli for 71, while opener Shikhar Dhawan was run out for 44 by a brilliant piece of Ben Stokes' fielding.

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But by then England were 74 for two inside 10 overs, well above the required run-rate.

A disbelieving Kohli walked off and Raina (one) then turned Rashid low to Root at leg slip. Joe Root marked another ton for his side on 120 balls and skipper Morgan contributed 88 runs off 108 balls with a big six and 8 boundaries.

Kohli pressed on, however, completing a 55-ball fifty including six fours before Rashid struck twice in quick succession as India´s 156 for three was transformed into 158 for five.

Joe Root celebrated his classy ODI century by dropping his bat to the ground in true "mic drop" fashion.

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