Joe Root‘s second ODI hundred propelled England to 294-7 in 50 overs in the inconsequential fifth and final ODI of the Royal London Cup at Headingley, Leeds. The result of the match wont affect the outcome of the series as India have already won the series by winning three consecutive ODI’s after the first match was washed out. After putting into bat in overcast conditions, England once again failed to get a kind of start they needed throughout the series as Alex Hales top egdes Umesh Yadav straight into the hands of Ajinkya Rahane at mid-wicket.
Soon after Mooen Ali threw his wicket away to Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he reckessly threw his bat against a wide delivery just to end getting caught at third man. England desperatley needed a partnership and they got one courtesy Joe Root, who joined his skipper at the crease as the duo put on 52 runs before Raina had Cook stumpedcaught behind for 46. Eoin Morgan too didnt last long as he fell against the run of play.
Joe Root and Jos Buttler joined hands in the 29th over and thats when the destruction began. Both the batsmen played some fearless cricket and took the attack to the opposition. After putting on a 108 run partnership for the fifth wicket, Buttler got out a run short of his fifty. But Root was not bothered by the wickets that were falling in the other end and reached his second ODI hundred.
Root eventually fell for 113 when he scooped India’s best bowler on the field Mohammad Shami to R Ashwin at short fine-leg. Some late burst from Ben Stokes took England to 294. Shami finished with figures of 2-52 in his ten overs.
India refused to break the winning vombination as they made just one change in bringing in Umesh Yadav for Dhawal Kulkarni inspite of winning the series. England have bought back James Tredwell and Ben Stokes for Harry Gurney and Gary Ballance.