Rashid, Root seal series win for England

The Three Lions register eight-wicket win over India in the third ODI on Tuesday

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid and right-handed batsman Joe Root helped England thrash India in the third ODI by eight wickets to clinch three-match series 2-1 in Leeds on Tuesday. The day started with the home side captain Eoin Morgan winning the toss and opting to bowl first in the series decider.

His decision proved a correct one as the visitors lost in-form Rohit Sharma at the score of just 13 in the sixth over. A 71-run partnership for the second-wicket put India on course for a decent finish. But the home side made a grand comeback and restricted India to a below-par total of 256 for 8 in the 50 overs by taking wickets at regular interval.

The star of the show for the English team was right-arm leggie Rashid, who claimed figures of three for 49 in his 10 overs. He was well supported by pacer David Willey, who also claimed three wickets.

For India, captain Virat Kohli was the standout performer as he scored brilliant 71 off 72 balls with the help of eight fours. He was well-supported by former captain and wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni, who scored 42 off 66 balls with the help of four fours.

In reply, England had a flying start, courtesy Jonny Bairstow’s quick-fire 30 off just 13 balls with the help of seven fours. But once he departed, it was a Root show as the 27-year-old completed back-to-back centuries in the centuries, which was also 13th in the 50-over format. Root remained 100 not out off just 120 balls with the help of 10 fours.

He was well-supported by captain Morgan, who scored unbeaten 88 off 108 balls with the help of nine fours and one six. For India, pacer Shardul Thakur was the only successful bowler as he claimed figures of one for 51.

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