Sam Curran’s superb unbeaten 95 in vain as India beat England in series-deciding third ODI

India secured a 2-1 ODI series win over England after a thrilling seven-run win in the decider in Pune; Sam Curran almost took England to their target of 330 after shepherding the tail and scoring a superb 95no from 83 balls

Last Updated: 28/03/21 6:07pm

Sam Curran fell just short of taking England to a stunning win

A magnificent unbeaten 95 from Sam Curran came in vain as India secured a clean sweep of series wins over England as they claimed a dramatic seven-run victory in the crucial third one-day international.

With England faltering in their chase of 330, the all-rounder made the most of being dropped on 22 and thumped nine fours and three sixes in his 83-ball knock but, left needing two sixes from the last two balls, he came up just short.

Quickfire half-centuries from Rishabh Pant (78 from 72 balls), Shikhar Dhawan (67 from 56) and Hardik Pandya (64 from 44) had helped India to post 329 in Pune, despite a lower-order collapse seeing them bowled out in 48.2 overs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-42) then removed England’s two in-form openers, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow early, and the tourists’ chase suffered a serious blow when Shardul Thakur (4-67) dismissed Liam Livingstone (36 from 31) and Dawid Malan (50 from 50) in quick succession.

The game looked up when Moeen Ali (29) departed to leave England 200-7 but Curran shared stands of 57 and 60 with Adil Rashid and Mark Wood, respectively, to keep England in contention right until the end with a superb first ODI half-century.

Shardul Thakur took crucial wickets in the middle overs again as India sealed a 2-1 ODI series win

Shardul Thakur took crucial wickets in the middle overs again as India sealed a 2-1 ODI series win

The all-rounder took it down to 23 from the last three overs but after two dropped catches and a run out in a thrilling finale, England finished on 325-9, leaving India to celebrate an ODI series success to go with their triumphs in the Tests and T20s.

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