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PHOTOS: England beat India in thriller to win 3rd ODI, avoid series sweep

Last updated on: January 23, 2017 01:57 IST

Images from the 3rd ODI between England and India played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday

England's Chris Woakes celebrates the wicket of India's Kedar Jadhav during the third One Day International at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday

IMAGE: England's Chris Woakes celebrates the wicket of India's Kedar Jadhav during the third One Day International at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday. Photograph: BCCI

In a thrilling contest, England beat India by five runs in the third and final One-day international cricket match at the Eden Gardens, in Kolkata on Sunday and avoid a series whitewash.

India won the series 2-1, having won the first two matches of the series in Pune and Cuttack.

Chasing 322 for victory, India’s Kedar Jadhav (90 off 75 balls), Hardik Pandya, and captain Virat Kohli struck superb half-centuries but it was all in vain as England fought back to hold-off and the restrict the hosts to 316 for 9.

The Indian cricket team poses with the trophy on Sunday after claiming the 3-match series 2-1

IMAGE: The Indian cricket team poses with the trophy on Sunday after claiming the 3-match series 2-1. Photograph: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

England seemed set for a comprehensive win despite an injury to seamer David Willey as India lost their top five batsmen for 173 but Kedar Jadhav (90) and Hardik Pandya brought the hosts back in the match with a sixth-wicket stand of 104.

With India needing 16 off Chris Woakes's final over, Jadhav, who scored a century in the first ODI at Pune, smashed the paceman for a six and a four but was then caught by Sam Billings at deep cover after two dot balls. The hosts finished on 316-9.

 Hardik Pandey is cleaned up by Ben Stokes

IMAGE: Hardik Pandey is cleaned up by Ben Stokes. Photograph: BCCI

Ben Stokes hit a brisk half-century and then picked up three crucial wickets to help England record a consolation victory and their first on their tour of India after they lost the five-Test series 4-0 and both previous ODIs.

But the day belonged to Stokes, who rallied to pick three Indian wickets after being hammered around the park.

Stokes first dismissed India's best batsman Virat Kohli for 55 before returning to remove Pandya for 56 and break his dangerous partnership with Jadhav.

Ben Stokes of England shows his frustration after being belted all over the field by the Indian batsmen

IMAGE: Ben Stokes of England shows his frustration after being belted all over the field by the Indian batsmen. Photograph: BCCI

India had just taken 16 runs off Woakes in the 47th over and needed 27 in 18 balls when England captain Eoin Morgan called on Stokes to bowl his final over.

Stokes gave away just four runs, added the wicket of Ravichandran Ashwin to his tally and finish with 3-63.

England's Jason Roy hits a shot

IMAGE: England's Jason Roy hits a shot. Photograph: BCCI

Earlier, opener Jason Roy hit 65, his third consecutive fifty, before half-centuries from Jonny Bairstow (56) and Stokes took England to 321-8 after India won the toss and chose to field.

Roy and Billings (35), who replaced the injured Alex Hales, gave England a strong start with an opening partnership of 98.

 Team India celebrates the wicket of Sam Billings

IMAGE: Team India celebrates the wicket of Sam Billings. Photograph: BCCI

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja sent both the openers back in quick succession but Bairstow, brought into the side for the injured Joe Root, and captain Eoin Morgan kept England flowing with an 84-run stand for the third wicket.

Ben Stokes swings his bat during his quick-fire innings of 39

IMAGE: Ben Stokes swings his bat during his quick-fire innings of 39. Photograph: BCCI

Stokes provided the late flourish with four boundaries and two sixes in his 39-ball 57 as England reached 321 for 8, a total that India failed to ultimately breach.

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