England finally managed to win the third ODI at Kolkata which capped off their first win of the tour. Ben Stokes was instrumental, both with the bat and ball, behind this victory. Then there was Kedar Jadhav who almost pulled the match out of the fire.
Here are some of the talking points from the third ODI:
England openers provide a good start again: Throughout the series, England openers provided their team a good start. At Kolkata as well Jason Roy, this time partnering with Sam Billings provided his team an excellent start with the pair notching up 98 inside the first 18 overs, thereby providing the platform for a big score. Roy scored 65 in the process and fell to Ravindra Jadeja for the third time in the series. This was one of the talking points as Roy’s performance in the series was dissected by the panel of commentators.
England middle order consolidate on a good start: Eoin Morgan (43) and Jonny Bairstow (56) playing his first game of the series consolidated on a good start and built on the good work provided by the England openers. Together they added 84 runs for the third wicket to take the team score 194 inside 33 overs.
MS Dhoni smiles as Virat Kohli wastes a review: Meanwhile, Morgan has a close shave from a Jasprit Bumrah delivery. Bumrah’s delivery beats Eoin Morgan and falls into Dhoni’s gloves. While Bumrah and Kohli are excited, Dhoni instinctively appeals. Kohli thinking that Morgan has edged the delivery went on to take a DRS only to be denied at the end. This brought on a wry smile on Dhoni’s face as both saw the lighter side of the incident. It is always fun to watch such on-the-field theatrics, especially when it includes Dhoni and Kohli.
Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag share a light moment in the commentary box: While the match was fiercely contested on the cricket field, Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag shared a light moment in the commentary box during the match. Sehwag asked Ganguly the difference between heading a cricket team and a cricket board. Ganguly replied saying “Pehle main sirf cheque leta tha. Abhi cheque sign karna padta hai.”
CAB felicitates MS Dhoni: Between the innings break after England’s innings , CAB felicitated MS Dhoni for his contribution to Indian cricket as a captain. Former Indian captains Sourav Ganguly and Kapil Dev was also present in the celebrations as MS Dhoni was given a special memento as a token of appreciation.
Hardik Pandya’s all round show: After taking 3 for 49, Pandya scored his maiden international half-century in the pursuit of 322 when the team was stuttering at 173 for 5. Thus, Hardik proved his potential once again as an allrounder which will do a world of good for him in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy.
Kedar Jadhav is special: Kedar Jadhav was adjudged Man of the Series for his remarkable performance. And at Kolkata, he almost took India over the line, but fell short by 6 runs. However, let us take a trip down. India needed 16 off the last over. Jadhav was at the crease, facing Chris Woakes. Given Woakes’ performance that night, it seemed curtains down already for India. But Jadhav, for the cool and composed cricketer is reputed for, scored a six and four, bringing down the target to 6 off 4. Nonetheless, Jadhav perished after facing consecutive deliveries, making 90 off 75.
Ben Stokes washes off his Eden nightmares: In the final of the 2016 World Cup, Stokes was taken off by a certain Carlos Braithwaite for 16 runs in the final over thereby helping West Indies to the World Cup trophy. On Sunday, Stokes playing at the Eden Gardens delivered a masterclass performance both with the bat and ball and took England to their first victory of the tour. He took 3 for 63 and stayed unbeaten on, 57 off 39 for a winning cause in England and ended as the Man of the Match. “We have waited a long time to get a win here. The Test series didn’t go very well. We forgot how (winning) felt to be honest,” Stokes said after the match.