England post 259 in deciding ODI against India

England set India a victory target of just 260 in series-deciding ODI despite captain Jos Buttler’s 60 as Hardik Pandya proves their nemesis with four crucial wickets

  • England stumbled to 259 all out in 45.5 overs after some excellent India bowling
  • Seven of England’s top nine got starts but only Jos Buttler made it to 50
  • India took wickets at key time to stop England from getting away from them 

England have posted 259 after being bowled out in 45.5 overs in the deciding ODI against India after an impressive fielding display from the visitors.

Jos Buttler top scored with classy 60 but fell to a pull shot at a poor time, as Hardik Pandya took four for 24.

Out-of-form opener Jason Roy looked to be back to his best when he struck three boundaries off of Mohammed Shami’s opening over, but could only manage 41 before being caught behind off Pandya.

Ravindra Jadeja took two key catches off the bowling of Hardik Pandya

Jos Buttler made a classy and important 60 but holed out to deep midwicket at a key moment

It was the story of England’s innings, as seven of England’s top nine reached 18, but only one passed 50.

In form Yorkshire pair Johnny Bairstow and Joe Root were the only two to miss out altogether as they were both dismissed for ducks in the same Mohammed Siraj over.

Pandya impressed with his use of the short ball and dismissed Buttler and Liam Livingstone in one key over.

Craig Overton put in a potentially important cameo at the end, scoring 32

Hardik Pandya took four wickets in an impressive bowling display for India

 Yuzvendra Chahal also continued his solid series with the ball, backing up for four-fer earlier in the series with three for 60. He dismissed David Willey, Craig Overton and Reece Topley to prevent England’s tail from wagging.

The home side will need to replicate their bowling performance from the second ODI if they are to have any chance of winning the series.

For India, this is an excellent opportunity for Virat Kohli to make his first international hundred in two years.

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