India deservedly clinched the five-match ODI series against England, following another competent performance in the fourth game at Mohali. Indians were better than the visitors in both the bowling and the batting department overall, as a result of which they could overcome some hiccups during the course of the match.
India clinched the Mohali ODI to take an unassailable series lead of 3-1 against England. It was an all-round performance for Team India with the bowlers doing their bit and the batsmen ensuring that their efforts aren't wasted.
It has been a while since the Indian cricket fan has got a reason to smile. Over the last 12 months, they’ve had to be satisfied with the odd victory here and there. In such a scenario, and ODI series win against England would be most welcome.
Going into the current ODI series against India, England had won only one of the previous 16 encounters held in India over the last three visits. However, all that seemed destined to change after the Englishmen, as if they were just carrying on from where they left off in the Tests, won the opening one-dayer courtesy a superlative batting performance.
If India’s performance in the second ODI at Kochi was top notch, they were ruthless again against the Englishman on Saturday, at M S Dhoni’s hometown Ranchi. If it were the batsmen who set up India’s win in the Kochi game, this time it was the turn of the bowlers to shine upfront.
India crushed England by 7 wickets in the third ODI at Ranchi to take a series lead of 2-1. It was the bowlers who set up an easy win for India with England getting bundled out for just 155 on a decent batting strip. Virat Kohli regained his form with a stroke-filled 77* to wrap up the run chase in just 28.1 overs.