Finally, England won an international match on the current Indian tour. On Sunday night, England beat India by 5 runs in the 3rd and final ODI of the series at Kolkata. India decided to bowl first after winning the toss. England made 321/8 at the end of 50 overs.
In reply, India fell just 5 runs short of England’s total. India scored 316/9 at the end of 50 overs as England won the match by 5 runs.
The 3-match ODI series ended with a 2-1 victory for India.
Brief Scores: England – 321/8 in 50 overs (Jason Roy 65, Ben Stokes 57*, Hardik Pandya 3/49)
India – 316/9 in 50 overs (Kedar Jadhav 90, Hardik Pandya 56, Ben Stokes 3/63)
Result – England won by 5 runs
Some of the statistical highlights of the match are given below:
- English opening batsmen Jason Roy and Sam Billings put on a brilliant 98-runs partnership for the opening wicket. It is England’s 5th highest ODI opening partnership against India on the Indian soil.
- English batsmen Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes put on an outstanding 73-runs partnership for the 7th wicket. It is England’s third highest 7th wicket ODI partnership against India on the Indian soil.
- England made 321/8 in this ODI. It is the highest ODI total by a visiting team at Eden Gardens. The previous best was 315/6 by Sri Lanka against India (on 24th December 2009).
Overall, England’s total of 321/8 is the 2nd highest ODI total at Eden Gardens. The highest ODI total at Eden Gardens is 404/5 (50 overs) by India against Sri Lanka (on 13th November 2014).
- Total 6 English batsmen scored 30+ runs during England’s innings which is the first time for England against India in an ODI match.
Overall, it was the 3rd time for England when 6 batsmen scored 30+ runs in an ODI innings. England’s first two incidents were against Netherlands at Nagpur on 22nd February 2011 and against New Zealand at The Oval on 12th June 2015.
- England scored 300+ runs in all 3 ODIs of this series. It was the second time where England scored 300+ runs for thrice or more in an ODI series. First time England had done this during the home series against New Zealand in 2015 where England made 300+ total 4 times in the 5-match ODI series.
- In this ODI, Indian skipper Virat Kohli completed his 1,000 runs as an ODI captain and it was his 17th ODI innings as a captain. Kohli became the fastest ODI skipper to complete 1,000 runs. The previous record holder was AB de Villiers (South Africa) who had completed 1,000 runs as an ODI skipper in 18 innings.
- Indian batsmen Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya put on an incredible 104-runs partnership for the 6th wicket. It is India’s third highest ODI partnership for the 6th wicket against England in India.
- Chasing down the total, India made 316/9 in 50 overs. It is the 2nd highest ODI total by a chasing team at Eden Gardens. The highest ODI total by a chasing team at Eden Gardens is 317/3 by India against Sri Lanka on 24th December 2009 (target – 316 runs).
- Total 10 batsmen (6 England batsmen and 4 Indian batsmen) scored 30+ runs in this ODI match. It was the 12th time in ODI history when total 10 or more batsmen scored 30+ runs in an ODI match. Out of those, it was the 3rd time this took place between India and England.
10. Like England, India also scored 300+ runs in all 3 ODIs of this series. It was the fifth time where India scored 300+ runs for thrice or more in a bilateral ODI series.
Meanwhile, it is the second time where India scored 300+ runs for thrice in a bilateral ODI series against England. The first one was in 2007 when India toured England.
11. Total 2090 runs scored in the 3-match ODI series between India and England. It is the highest no. of runs scored in a 3-match bilateral series. The previous highest was 1892 runs in Afro-Asia Cup (Africa XI vs Asia XI) on the Indian soil in 2007.