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India’s bowlers put in an inspired show before Virat Kohli returned to form with a rollicking unbeaten 77 as the hosts spanked England by seven wickets in the third one-dayer to make captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s first match in his home town a memorable one here today.
India first bundled out the visitors for a paltry 155 in 42.2 overs riding on Ravindra Jadeja’s 3/19 and then chased down the target with 21.5 overs to spare to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match match series.
Nearly 40,000 vociferous spectators at the newly built JSCA Stadium cheered Kohli, who rediscovered his form, and other Indian batsmen as they went about the run chase without much fuss in what turned out to be a rather lop-sided contest. The script unfolded like a dream for home boy Dhoni as he won the toss and his bowlers responded magnificently by skittling out the visitors for a meagre total though it was not a difficult wicket to bat on.
Kohli blasted as many as two sixes and nine fours during his knock which formed the cornerstone of the Indian response.Dhoni then hit the winning runs by pulling Steven Finn to the square-leg boundary to trigger off scenes of celebration in the galleries and the Indian dressing room.
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After a huge 127-run win in the second ODI in Kochi, the Indian cricket team under MS Dhoni will look to take lead when they take on England in the third ODI in Ranchi, Jharkhand on Saturday.
Barring the openers all the Indian batsen did well but India will hope the likes of Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina will make their starts count.
England, on the other hand, will want their batsmen to produce much better performances. Kevin Pietersen, in particular, will need to come to the party if England want to win in Dhoni’s home ground.
The crowds have been lining up since 0830 IST and it promises to be one big party. The English media have taken to calling it Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s ODI.
With inputs from PTI