England vs India: 3rd ODI- England Player Ratings
The deciding match turned out to be a one-sided affair.
Updated - Jul 18, 2018 1:10 am
After the first match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, India were brimming with confidence and looked poised to win the series. However, England struck back with a resounding win at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground. The last encounter at Leeds in Headingley had all the ingredients to be a thriller. Nevertheless, the hosts held their nerves and won the match by eight wickets to close out the series 2-1.
The Men in Blue looked resilient in the first-half of their innings. Unfortunately, a flurry of wickets in the middle phase pushed them back to a large extent. A few contributions from the lower order took them up to 256 runs. The English batting didn’t have to drop a sweat in their route to the victory and tracked down the target with 33 balls to spare. In our article, we rate England’s players:
James Vince- 6
Vince came into the match as Jason Roy’s replacement and he played decently enough. The Sussex-born cricketer churned out 27 from 27 balls with five boundaries to take his team off to a flying start. His partnership with Bairstow laid the platform for the home team to trace down India’s total. The right-hander perished courtesy of a sharp throw from Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni completed the formalities.
Jonny Bairstow- 6
Bairstow didn’t die wondering in his knock of 30 runs from 13 balls and didn’t allow the bowlers to settle into a rhythm. He whacked as many as seven boundaries in his fleeting, yet blistering knock. Shardul Thakur, who came in for Umesh Yadav, accounted for his wicket. The right-hander tried to clear mid-wicket only to hole out to Suresh Raina, who is deemed to be safe as houses in the outfield.
Joe Root- 9
Root was stupendous at Lord’s and he showed the same form in today’s match. The start by the openers meant that he had the luxury to take his time and play according to the situation. He came to bat after the fall of Vince’s wicket and saw his team off to victory with an unbeaten knock of 100 runs. He would also be satisfied for his second successive ton, which would keep him in good stead ahead of the Test series.
Eoin Morgan (C)- 8.5
Morgan scored a half-century at Lord’s and he carried over his form in the final contest. He scored 88 runs from 108 balls with nine boundaries and a solitary six off Kuldeep Yadav’s wrist-spin. He played calculative strokes and didn’t allow the required rate to mount. His partnership of 186 runs helped the Poms to a series victory with a significant amount of balls to spare.
Ben Stokes- 3
Stokes played all three matches, but couldn’t make a significant impact, neither with the willow nor with the leather. He bowled six overs and was taken for 43 runs, in which he conceded four boundaries and a couple of sixes from Shardul Thakur. He inflicted a stupendous run out to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan, who had got his eye in for a significant score.
Jos Buttler (wk)- 4
Buttler didn’t get an opportunity with the willow but made sure that he did his job with the wicketkeeping gloves. He took MS Dhoni’s catch off David Willey and then helped Mark Wood with his first wicket with the catch of Hardik Pandya. The catches turned out to be crucial in the context of the match as both batsmen were set and ready to take the bowling to the cleaners.
Moeen Ali- 6
Moeen Ali bowled 10 overs and conceded 47 runs to restrict the batsmen. He conceded four boundaries but bowled 27 dot deliveries. He turned out to be an appropriate foil for Adil Rashid in putting a lid on the scoring rate. Most importantly, he was entrusted for his entire quota by his skipper courtesy of his immaculate display of bowling.
David Willey- 8
Willey was a primary reason why the Brits won at Lord’s. Yet again, he was up to mark in the deciding encounter. He dismissed Rohit Sharma early on. A mistimed cut from Rohit’s willow traced into the safe palms of Mark Wood. The left-arm seamer picked up MS Dhoni’s wicket when the wicketkeeper-batsman got the measure of the situation. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was his third victim.
Liam Plunkett- 2
Plunkett was one of their gun bowlers in the second match, however, he couldn’t replicate his form in the last match. He bowled five over and went for 41 runs. He also leaked 41 runs with as many as four boundaries. Moreover, he was the most expensive bowler with an economy rate of 8.20. The pacer could only bowl 13 dot deliveries in his indifferent spell of bowling.
Adil Rashid- 8.5
Rashid was impressive in the first two matches and he didn’t disappoint in the last encounter. Dinesh Karthik was his first wicket as the batsman was cleaned up comprehensively. In the same over, he nipped out Suresh Raina’s wicket courtesy of a sharp catch from Joe Root at leg slip. He got rid of Virat Kohli when the Delhi-born cricketer looked all set to tee off. He also bowled 27 dot balls.
Mark Wood- 7
Wood didn’t pick up a whole lot of wickets but he churned out as many as 42 dot balls, the most by any English bowler in the innings. Moreover, he was also the most economical bowler with a rate of three in his quota of ten overs. In the outfield, he took the catch of Rohit Sharma to give his team its first breakthrough.