ENG🆚IND: Hosts Thump👊 India🇮🇳 To Clinch Series

England 260/2 in 44.3 overs (Root 100, Morgan 88) bt India 256/8 in 50 overs (Virat Kohli 71, MS Dhoni 42; Adil Rashid 3-49) by 8 wickets

It was England's turn to come out all trumps in the decider. When the T20I series was all square at 1-1, India squashed England by chasing down a challenging target with ease. In the 50-over format the hosts outplayed India in all departments (especially spin - bowling and batting against) at Leeds and took the series 2-1. Joe Root scored a 2nd consecutive ton to announce his return to form. Not bad at all for England to have their Test skipper back in form just as a 5-match series is round the corner.

England asked India to bat and lost Rohit Sharma early as he tried a lazy flick off Willey. Shikhar Dhawan fell to a moment of indecision while attempting a quick single and some sharp English fielding. Virat Kohli looked busy and scored a run-a-ball fifty before Rashid produced a jaffa to send him back, India's fragile lower order and the indifferent MS Dhoni didn't help matters as England kept pegging India back. Free swinging tailenders, Bhuvaneshwar and Shradhul Thakur scored some useful runs to prop up the total.

England's chase was provided a rapid start by Jonny Bairstow (30(13)) in the powerplay. They lost both their openers by the end of the powerplay with 70 runs on board. India saw an opening but Root and Morgan crushed any hopes of a comeback. They weren't going to fall to the tricks of the wrist spinners on a delightfully flat pitch. The pair paced the chase perfectly and saw out the game with little more than 5 overs to spare.

This was tipped to be dress rehearsal for the World Cup between two ODI powerhouses. England win this round. India have work to do.

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