India vs England 2020-21, 3rd ODI: Records galore as India scripts 2-1 series win
India took up the fight to England to emerge victorious in the three-match One-Day International series. India has managed to win the series 2-1, thus avoiding consecutive series loss in the format. Meanwhile, England has lost all the series on tour.
Team India was put to a stern test in all departments as it trumped England by seven runs thrillingly in the third and final One-Day International at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Sunday. With this win, India has won the series 2-1, while England has lost all the series across formats on tour. As for this game, some records were scripted, which we take a look at.
Rohit Sharma attains a feat as a partner
Rohit might not have managed to play a top knock in this series, but he has been a part of some greats stands. In this tie, he managed to put on a 103-run opening stand with Shikhar Dhawan, while he scored his 5,000th run when it came to partnerships in ODIs with the latter. The pair became the second Indian to score a 5,000-run ODI stand after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly's 8,227, besides being the seventh in the world. It was also the duo's 17th 100-run stand in the format and is the third Indian pair to produce most such partnerships in the format, besides being the fourth overall. Tendulkar-Ganguly top this feat as well with 26 stands. Additionally, it was also the second most 100-plus opening stand in the format by the duo after Tendulkar-Ganguly (21).
Moeen Ali joins Adil Rashid on having Virat Kohli's number
Kohli was yet again dismissed by a spinner, as it was Moeen in this game. As a result, Moeen has joined his fellow countryman Adil Rashid on having Kohli's number on most international cricket occasions (9), while the record is held by Tim Southee (10).
India scripts a unique one
As India managed to post a decent total of 329, it was its second-highest score in the ODIs, with no batsman scoring 80-plus runs. Its record total involving the same came against Bangladesh in 2004 (348/5).
Adil Rashid records an extraordinary feat
Rashid got rid of both the Indian openers in this tie. Consequently, he has become the first leg-spinner to do the same in ODIs.
Sixes galore to smash records
The series has seen more than 60 sixes being hit. Incidentally, it has seen the most sixes being shot in a three-game series, going past the previous best of 57 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in 2019.
Indians script a first in a long time
The Indians managed to claim three wickets during the powerplay of this match. As a result, it was the first time since the 2019 ICC World Cup that they have dismissed more than a batsman during the phase.
A novel series for India certainly
The series saw a total of 651 runs being produced by India, without an individual century. Consequently, it is India'sbest ODI series performance to date, considering the same, besides being the second-best in the world, with the record being held by South Africa (656) against Australia in 2002.
Sam Curran nails it at number eight
Curran nearly gave India a heart-attack, playing a classic knock of an unbeaten 95, batting at number eight. Meanwhile, it happens to be the best knock in the format by a player at the same position, going past the previous best of 95 by his teammate Chris Woakes against Lanka in 2016.
Winning the toss yet again, England invited India to bat first, as courtesy Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya, India could manage 329. In reply, the Indian pacers nailed it, thanks to Shardul Thakur. Although Curran did give a scare, the Indians managed to hold their nerves.
Brief scores: India 329 (Dhawan 67, Pant 78, Pandya 64; Wood 3/34) beat England 322/9 (Malan 50, Curran 95; Thakur 4/67) by seven runs