Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes played 124 and 99 strokes respectively as England defeated Virat Kohli-led India with six balls and 39 balls to end the three-game series 1-1.
England hadn’t broken a sweat chasing 337 when Stokes and Bairstow shared a 175-run stand for the second wicket. In this partnership, the left-handers Stokes found a particular fondness for the spinners Krunal Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav.
“We had our plans and we’re talking about how we were going to do things. I want to say that we tried our best, there were a few chances that could have gone our way but we have to give them credit for the way they played and followed our bowlers. There is room for improvement. As I said we could have bowled better, I don’t deny the fact but we have to give England credit, “Prasidh said during the press conference after the game.
“There was a rush, this is the game of cricket where four outfield players are only allowed for 10-40 overs. That will happen. We will come back strong. Our execution could have been better, this is where I am talking about myself. Yes, we have Made mistakes and we could have done better, but they fought very well, “he added.
Talking about his own bowling in his last two ODIs, Prasidh said, “I personally would like to start better. I would want to improve bowling with the new ball. I think I would go back and work on things like that.”
“It was a very good wicket to hit, the score says it all, we got 330 odd and they chased it past on 44th. It says it all, it was a flat wicket,” he added.
In England’s 26th chase, Stokes had struck the ball through Midwicket and was looking for two runs but he was a bit casual when he came back for the second and Kuldeep took a direct hit. The replays showed that there was nothing behind the line, but the third umpire suggested that there was nothing significant and he thought it was “not out”.
To this referee decision, Prasidh replied, “We are not the ones making the decision, the right person was sitting there and whatever he was doing, we are not someone to comment on.”
Previously, India had scored 63 runs in the last five overs on Centurion KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant’s platform and ended up with 336/6 in the allotted 50 overs. While Rahul hit a classy 108 with 114 balls, everything revolved around brutal strength for Pant when he hit a 77 with 40 balls with seven hits from the park.
India was comfortably placed at 210/3 after completing 40 overs. But the duo made sure the hosts hit overdrive mode and selected 126 runs in the last 10 as the English bowlers had no idea how long to bowl.
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