England finally put an end to their drought on the tour with a win in the last one day game against India at Kolkata. The game was close contest as the final over saw all the drama and action as visitors put in good performance with the ball to defend a score of 321 runs.Ben Stokes also managed to remove his bad memories of the Eden Garden as England just edge out India by six runs.
India lost early wickets in the chase as variable bounce meant that batsmen how to play carefully to play their strokes. England pace attack did extract seam movement from the surface as cool conditions day allowed them to make early inroads in the first ten overs. David Willey bowled only two overs before going off the field due to a shoulder injury. For India, Virat Kohli was once again in ominous form as he notched up another half century before Stokes took the out danger man to bring England back into the contest. Opener KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane fell for low scores early in the innings. Yuvraj Singh played well for his 45 but gave away his wicket at crucial time to see India placed in a precarious situation at 133 for 4 after 26 overs.
Hardik Pandya and Kedhar Jadhav put on 104 run partnership to keep their side in the hunt in pursuit of 321 posted by England.MS Dhoni scored 25 runs before Jake Ball dismissed him to see the side placed at 173 for 5 after 31 overs. Jadhav top scored for the side with 90 runs off 75 balls and held the innings together. He nearly pulled off another win as he hit a four and six to see the side needing six runs off four balls. Chris Woakes was the star with the ball as he picked up two wickets of Ravendra Jadeja and Kedhar Jadhav to see England win the game by a small margin of 5 runs.
Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to field due to dew playing a significant role in the second half of the game. England openers started well as Roy led the way with the bat to score 65 runs off 56 balls.He struck ten boundaries and a six in his innings. Roy was merciless against pace and spin as he laid down an ideal platform for other to push the score over 350 plus in the innings.Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes scored half centuries to help the side score 321 from 50 overs as Hardik Pandya managed to pull it back for India with three important wickets to end up with figures of 3 for 49 in 10 overs.
Ben Stokes was adjudged the player of the game after notable contributions with the bat and ball. England will be pleased to finally get a win under their belt as the T20 series will see the first game will be played at Kanpur on 26th January.