Kohli surprised at Shardul not getting the man of the match award
It was a see-saw contest between India and England in the ODI series decider but the hosts pulled off a 7-win in the end. England tried their tricks and trade but failed to get over the line.
Earlier, India set up a target of 330 for the visitors. Rishabh Pant once again showcased his mettle with the bat by scoring 78 off 62 balls including 5 fours and 4 sixes. Shikhar Dhawan played so well at the top as he scored 67 off 56 balls with the help of 10 fours.
Hardik Pandya took the attack to the cleaners by scoring 64 off 44 balls including 5 fours and 4 sixes. Shardul Thakur scored a vital 30 off 21 balls including 1 four and 3 sixes. Mark Wood was the pick of the bowlers for England as he took 3 wickets while Adil Rashid took 2 wickets.
In reply, England were quite close to the target but lost the game by 7 runs. England all-rounder Sam Curran played exceptionally well as he kept the fight till the last over. He scored a valiant 95 off 83 balls including 9 fours and 3 sixes at a strike-rate of 114.46.
Dawid Malan played a run-a-ball knock by scoring 50 runs including 6 boundaries. Shardul Thakur accounted for 4 dismissals while Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 3 wickets. T Natarajan took the prized wicket of Ben Stokes.
Surprised Shardul was not the man of the match: Kohli
6Indian captain Virat Kohli was not happy with Shardul Thakur not getting the man of the match award. Sam Curran was named the man of the match. Speaking on the same lines, Kohli also said he was expecting Bhuvneshwar Kumar to be named the man of the series as he took six wickets.
However, Jonny Bairstow was named the man of the series. “When the top-two battle each other, we’ll get exciting games. No one will throw in the towel, and Sam played a really good inning to keep them in the hunt. However, our bowlers picked up wickets, and it moved from us finishing it off to them getting over the line before Hardik and Nattu pulled it back.
It’s most disappointing for the guy who drops the catch, but as much as you get disappointed, catches get put down and sometimes they cost you. There’s no lack of intent, and our body language was outstanding. Eventually, we got over the line. I’m surprised Shardul wasn’t the man of the match, and Bhuvi wasn’t the man of the series. A lot of credit to them for bowling so well in adverse conditions.
Prasidh and Krunal were impressive but death overs batting was extremely good, despite the early wickets, and if the top three can get a hundred, then we can get 370s and 380s later. This win has been sweet because it’s against the top team in the world,” Kohli said.