One other collection defeat for England in India however that bald reality reveals nothing of the drama that unfolded in Pune on Sunday as Sam Curran got here agonisingly near pulling off one of many biggest and very unlikely of run chases.
England seemed lifeless and buried within the one-day decider once they crashed to 200 for seven after which 257 for eight chasing 330 to win this deciding 50-over worldwide and seal their first one-day collection triumph in India since 1984.
However, with simply the tail for firm, Curran masterminded an astonishing counter-attack from No 8 that noticed him information England slowly however absolutely in direction of a wonderful conclusion to a tour of a lot pink and white ball frustration.
Sam Curran (proper) hit an excellent 95* however it was not sufficient as England misplaced the third ODI
India held their nerve to win the third ODI and completed the tour with collection wins in all codecs
It seemed like Curran would pull it off, too, when Mark Wooden helped him whittle the goal right down to 14 from the final over however Thangarasu Natarajan held his nerve as England fell eight quick and Curran was left stranded 5 away from his maiden century in any skilled cricket. And to assume his highest one-day rating earlier than yesterday was 15.
What rigidity there was on the finish of an extended ultimate day of this lengthy and eventful tour and the way England had been helped by probably the most calamitous fielding as stress took maintain, 4 catches happening as India got here near shedding the plot.
But finally a chase that ought to have been inside England’s attain however then grew to become near inconceivable led to nail-biting slender failure they usually had been pressured to ponder defeat within the Take a look at, Twenty20 and 50-over collection.
Curran confirmed very good maturity all through his knock however couldn’t get England over the road
It seemed like being far worse for them when Curran, who has had a quiet time in India, emerged at 168 for six after England’s batting stand-ins in Dawid Malan and Liam Livingstone had stored them within the hunt after the failure of the massive weapons to fireside.
And it might have been throughout had the youthful Curran gone when Hardik Pandya, who had earlier dropped a dolly to reprieve Ben Stokes on 15, spilled him on the boundary on 22.
How he took benefit of that stroke of fine fortune. Curran had seen each Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid depart earlier than he was joined by Wooden, who had earlier battled his means by seven whole-hearted overs regardless of seemingly affected by illness.
Collectively they preyed on India’s nerves and made England favourites once they took 18 off the final over bowled by Shardul Thakur, who had taken 4 wickets together with his cutters.
That left them with 23 to get off three overs they usually stored on using their luck, Wooden being given out lbw on 13 however being reprieved by know-how after which each batsmen being dropped in a forty ninth over that noticed India visibly wilting.
England captain Jos Buttler fell for 15 as England seemed set to fall to a a lot heavier defeat
However the inexperienced yorker specialist Natarajan, one of many culpable fielders in dropping Curran on 87, gave him little to hit in a ultimate over through which Wooden was run out. The collection, nearly, as soon as once more belonged to Virat Kohli.
India had seemed set for an enormous rating once they raced to 100 within the 14th over with out loss however the introduction of spin within the type of the tried and trusted Rashid and Moeen and a newcomer in Livingstone checked their progress.
Firstly Rashid took two wickets together with his googly, producing a magnificence to bowl Rohit Sharma and claiming a return catch off Shikhar Dhawan.
Then Moeen bowled Kohli and was rewarded with the identical bemused look from the Indian captain that greeted an similar mode of dismissal within the second Take a look at at Chennai. He was Moeen’s first ODI sufferer in over a 12 months, following six wicketless matches.
Moeen Ali seemed in good contact whereas on the crease however he couldn’t stick with Sam Curran
Their success inspired stand-in captain Jos Buttler to present Livingstone the prospect to show he might take wickets at worldwide degree together with his combination of leg and off-spin. Nevertheless it was a full toss with simply his second ball that noticed KL Rahul effectively caught by Moeen at quick advantageous leg.
Any hopes England had of dealing with a modest goal had been then dashed by Rishabh Pant, probably the most thrilling batsman of this tour in all codecs, and Hardik in a stand of 99 in 70 balls that once more had India aspiring to the dizzy heights of 400-plus.
It took a pointy one-handed response catch from Buttler off Curran to eliminate Pant and Hardik was bowled spherical his legs by Ben Stokes earlier than Wooden, seemingly struggling within the Pune warmth and humidity, stepped as much as muster one final enormous effort.
Wooden, who had spent a big chunk of the India innings off the sector and was continuously taking up fluids, returned to take three wickets and ensured India couldn’t burn up their 50 overs, being dismissed for 329 with 10 balls wasted.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan obtained India off to a flyer with a century stand inside 15 overs
These misplaced deliveries seemed like proving expensive for India when Curran was having fun with the innings of his life however it was to not be for an England aspect who not less than maintain on to their standing because the No1 ranked 50-over aspect on the planet with this 2-1 collection defeat.
It has been a chastening tour for them however this India aspect are a formidable drive who nearly deserved this ultimate instance of their superiority in all three codecs.
However England will probably be assured of gaining revenge once they host India in a five-Take a look at collection this summer season – and of being one of many strongest contenders within the T20 and 50-over World Cups that may are available India later this 12 months and in 2023.
Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya placed on a blistering 99 run partnership for India’s fifth wicket