England cricket team maintained the top spot in the ICC ODI World Cup Super League Standings despite losing the final ODI against India in Pune. While England and Australia both have four victories, each under their belt, the former leads the way due to the net run-rate. The Three Lions lost to Virat Kohli’s men by seven runs to concede the series.
England bounced back handsomely well after losing the first ODI by 66 runs by chasing 337 in the second. The English bowlers did well to restrict India to 329 in the third ODI despite India’s opening pair, who raised 103. It was the partnership of 99 between Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya that contributed to the hosts making 329 and leaving England to chase a stiff target.
The visitors had fluctuating fortunes during the run-chase as most batsmen got quite goos starts; however, none could play a lengthy knock and keep the line-up from subsiding. There were promising scores from Liam Livingstone, Ben Stokes, and Dawid Malan; however, all-rounder Sam Curran was the one keeping England in the hunt.
But despite many dropped chances and misfields, Curran’s job was steep against India’s terrific bowling and timely strikes. Eventually, Jos Buttler’s side ended seven runs short, with Sam Curran staying unbeaten on 95, with eight fours and three sixes. Bhuvneshwar Kumar did an incredible job as he finished with figures of 10-0-42-3.