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Published: Mon, January 23, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

India vs England 3rd ODI: Hosts Eyeing Whitewash in ODI Series


Preview: Ironing out deficiencies and building on a formidable squad will be top of the agenda when India take on England in their last One Day International (ODI) ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.

An experienced Jonny Bairstow could be in the running to break into the XI, but England might prefer Sam Billings, considering he opened in the last of his six ODIs, against Bangladesh in October 2016 when Jason Roy was injured, and made a career-best 62.

England will be without Alex Hales, the opener, who was ruled out of the tour due to a fractured hand. It lost the five-match Test series 4-0.

Skipper Eoin Morgan, who pleaded guilty, was fined 20 percent of his match fee while the rest of the side was penalised 10 percent of their fees.

With 16 needed in the last over, Jadhav hit a six and a four off the first two balls to give the 66,000 hope, but fell to Chris Woakes eventually. The right-handed batsman shared a 98-run stand with Sam Billings. They won the first ODI in Pune by three wickets and the second ODI in Cuttack by 15 runs.

Yuvraj Singh's 150-run knock in Cuttack yesterday took him past Sachin Tendulkar for an Indian batsman with the most number of ODI runs against England. The ball was moving when it was bowled full.

"There was a bit of banter flying round with the lads in the warm-up days leading up to this so it was nice to come back here and get rid of any bad memories from that final", said Stokes, whose last two overs claimed two wickets and conceded just eight runs.

India went out and thumped a massive 381 to star the match, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni both making big centuries to power India to the top.

"I was actually thinking of bowling him two in a row and bowling him out because he bowled a great over and got the wicket of Pandya". But this was a pitch that suited England's bowling and Stokes was the beneficiary when Kohli edged one to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler at 55. Yuvraj smashed five fours and one six before he was dismissed by Liam Plunkett.

Earlier Stokes hit an unbeaten 39-ball 57 to help the visitors post 321-8 after being put into bat. Woakes' handy cameo in a 73-run partnership in just 6.4 overs helped England finish with yet another 300 plus total.

Kohli will also want his bowlers to make sure they don't let the game drift after good starts. They have managed to keep the England team under check. R Ashwin dismissed the unsafe Joe Root in the 20th over for 54 and Roy fell to Ravindra Jadeja in the 27th over for 82. Buttler failed again to be out for 11 but there was no respite for India.

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