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India v England, 3rd ODI, Kolkata

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Kolkata: India will be high on confidence heading into the third and final ODI against England at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Billings, replacing injured Alex Hales, took 10 deliveries before getting his name on the scoresheet with two brilliant fours either side of the wicket in three balls.

India took an unassailable 2-0 series lead in the three-match ODI series on Thursday, defeating England by 15 runs despite a superb century from Morgan. For two deliveries on Sunday, it seemed the awful night had returned to haunt Eoin Morgan's team but this time, they managed to end on the winning side and thus recorded their first victory on the tour having already lost a five-match Test series 0-4 a year ago.

England's captain, Eoin Morgan, had won the toss and pressed India in to bat first on a batting-friendly surface.

A 100-run partnership between Jadhav and Pandya following the Dhoni dismissal was exactly what India needed, and it came at a good pace too with Pandya smashing four fours and a pair of sixes before his 43-ball knock of 56 was brought to an end by Stokes who ripped through his defences.

English opener Roy notched his third fifty in a row as he along with Sam Billings did well to negotiate the first hour on a moving Eden Gardens track to put up a solid foundation.

After sealing the series in Cuttack itself, Virat Kohli and his men are now eyeing a whitewash in the ODI series.

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It looked like we were in for another Virat Kohli chasing masterclass but Stokes got the vital wicket of the India skipper leaving the hosts 102 for 3 but the game wasn't over. The ball was moving around every time it was pitched on off or outside, so Roy chose to move around and try and take the ball to the vacant areas on the legside and that helped in knocking the Indian bowlers out of their stride.

The left-handed batsman hit 6 fours and 5 sixes during his 81-ball blitz. But soon, Yuvraj was dismissed by Plunkett, holing out to Billings with a mistime flick at deep midwicket.

In England, where pitches would not be conducive to batting as it was in these two games, the experience of Dhoni and Yuvraj could come in handy. Stokes and Woakes' late efforts helped to boost England's relatively meagre total to 321-8, with Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya the pick of India's bowlers.

It seemed certain to be a costly drop as Kohli moved on to 55 but Stokes found the edge as he flashed at a rising ball outside off stump and Jos Buttler took the catch.

The seamers did well to trouble the openers but failed to give any breakthrough as it was England's session, giving them a clear chance to reach 350-plus. Jadeja's delivery skipped on and bowled him.

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