Kolkata, January 23: England on Sunday won the third and final One-day international in Kolkata by a very little margin of just 5 runs. The win prevented the hosts from making a clean sweep of the series.
But India still won the series 2-1, having won the first two matches played in Pune and Cuttack. Sent into bat, the visitors made 321 for 8 in their 50 overs. Jason Roy was the top scorer with 65.
Chasing the target of 322, Indian batsmen wilted under pressure and lost the plot in the final over after nearly pulling it off in the nail-biting encounter. But still, Kedar Jadhav holds his nerve and played beautifully. He made 90 off 75 balls, was on the verge of single-handedly taking his side to a memorable win as he hit a six and four in the first two balls of the final over.
But after his dismissal, India failed to rattle up the required runs to lose the match. England's Ben Stokes was declared Player of the Match for his fine all-round display. He remained unbeaten on 57 and also claimed three wickets for 63 runs in the Indian innings. India's KM Jadhav was adjudged the Man of the Series.
Earlier, Kohli won the toss and sent England in. Jason Roy made a hat-trick of half centuries in the series before perishing to Ravindra Jadeja yet again – third time on the bounce. Sam Billings’ scalp that came before Roy was Jadeja’s 150th in ODIs. Jonny Bairstow, in for Joe Root, played a good hand, although he rode his luck. But soft dismissals were pegging England back.
Stokes took up India bowlers and hit five fours and a six, and together with Woakes (34 off 19) took his team to a match-winning total. They added 73 runs for the seventh wicket. England collected 58 from their last five overs which were the turning point of the match. Stokes and Woakes partnership was the key for England to win the match.
The three-match series went into the record books with a total of 2090 runs that eclipsed 1892 runs scored in the Afro-Asia Cup in 2007. Now the two sides head for the three-match T20 International series beginning on January 26 in Kanpur.