About the Match
After sealing an ODI series victory 3-0, India looks forward to handing a complete washout to hosts England in the 5th and final ODI on 5th Sep at Leeds. English players on the other hand will try to redeem themselves by putting up a better display of their cricketing prowess, which won them the test series earlier on against the visitors. It has been a tremendous journey of ups and downs for both the teams as the tour reaches completion both sides will try to wrap it up on a winning note.
Cook continues to struggle with his form and lacks in his captaincy too, failing to motivate his mates to put up a better display of their batting skills. In the last ODI, the top order collapse once again disappointed the supporters and it was left to the middle order to put up a fight. Joe Root and Morgan recovered from their poor spell and came up with a decent 80-run partnership for the 4th wicket while Buttler and Ali posted a 50-run stand for the 6th wicket to ensure they crossed the 200 run mark. Defending a paltry total of 206 runs, the English bowlers lacked the depth and attitude to cause any upset to the Indian batting line-up, thus losing by 9 wickets in one of their worst home series defeats in recent times. The players will have to muster up courage and overcome their weaknesses if they want to earn redemption and come back stronger for future tournaments in this format of the game.
Shami’s 3- 28 along with Kumar and Jadeja’s 2 wickets each caused a major upset in the English batting line-up and along with Ashwin and Raina, the bowlers wreaked havoc on the hosts. With just 207 runs as the target, the batsmen came up with a breath-taking innings thanks to Rahane’s 106 off 100 and Dhawan’s unbeaten 97 off 81 balls that won them the match and series by 9 wickets. It was an extraordinary performance by the team as they wrapped it all up by the 31st over to triumph emphatically in the ODI series and erase the bitter memories of the tests. With the final game only being a dead rubber, the players will stride onto the field with supreme confidence so as to finish on a winning note. The men in blue have once again proved as to why they are such a strong side when it comes to the one-day format but going forward they would definitely have to pull up their socks for tougher challenges ahead. With talented players, determination to give it their all and the psychological advantage, the match on Friday should be a walk in the park for this motivated side.
While team India has surely won the series, they must be cautious against the tactics of the English side, who will try to redeem themselves with a better performance here. Though the contest could either way, India definitely goes in as the favourites in the upcoming final match.
India, 1.72 @ Bet365