India and England are well set for a nail-biting contest as the three-match ODI series between the teams are about to get underway from 23rd March in Pune. The five-match T20 series ended in India’s direction with a 3-2 win over the number one team England and Virat Kohli’s men will extract a lot of confidence from the series going into the ODI series.
India has played only one ODI series after the resumption of cricket last year and Australia won the series in their home 2-1. India will be missing the services of Bumrah on the side, and this will be a big opportunity for the other bowlers to step up in the absence of him. Here is the time to look at the five most memorable ODI matches in their history.
5 Most Memorable ODI Matches In Their History:
India vs England 2001/02: 6th ODI, Mumbai
This was one of the closest matches it could get but England managed to get over the line by just five runs. England batted first and posted 255 on the board for India to chase. Marcus Trescothick top-scored for England with 95 off just 80 deliveries in England while Harbhajan was the pick of the bowlers for India with a fifer.
In reply, India fell short as they were bundled out for 250 and Hemang Badani remained not out at 27 in the other end. India was cruising for the most part of the chase but lost plenty of wickets at the back end which meant that India failed to get over the line despite a ball to be bowled. Andrew Flintoff was the best bowler for England while Sourav Ganguly played a captain’s knock of 80.
England vs India 2002: Natwest Trophy Final, Lord’s:
The final of the Natwest Series saw India stage one of the greatest wins in their ODI history. The hosts batted first and scored 325 for the fall of five wickets while Trescothick and Michael Vaughan scored centuries. Zaheer Khan was the pick of the bowlers as he took three wickets for India.
In reply, India was stuttering at 146 for five at the 24th over the mark and all the big guns have gone already. But youngsters Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh turned it around for India along with small contributions from lower-order and won the game with two wickets in hand. The game will be remembered for Ganguly’s reaction after the win to take off his t-shirt and celebrate the win from the dressing room.
India vs England 2011: ICC Cricket World Cup, Bengaluru:
India and England were up for a group B battle in the group stages in Bengaluru and the Worldcup factor was a major aspect too. India batted first and was all out for a mammoth score of 338 on the board with a century from the great Sachin Tendulkar. Tim Bresnan picked up five wickets and was the best bowler from the other end.
In reply, England captain Andrew Strauss set the stage on fire with a 158 run knock in just 145 deliveries and Ian Bell chipped in with a fifty to take England almost to a win. But late wickets on the day halted the England run chase and finally, the game was tied as England finished with 338 for the loss of eight wickets.
India vs England 2016/17: 1st ODI, Pune
This was a high-scoring game with 700 runs scored on the day and the two teams showed phenomenal batting display. The visitors batted first and put up 350 for the loss of 7 wickets on the board with contributions from Jason Roy, Joe Root, and Ben Stokes. Hardik Pandya and Jadeja were the only positives for India from the bowling unit while the other bowlers were taken to the cleaners.
In reply, India chased down the target with 11 balls in hand while Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav scored brilliant centuries. Jadhav’s 120 off just 76 deliveries changed the game totally in Indian favor and Hardik Pandya finished the game. This was a mountain of a task but India did it easily.
India vs England 2016/17: 2nd ODI, Cuttack:
This game will mark the return of star batsman Yuvraj Singh into the international setup. India went on to bat first and scored a mammoth 381 on the board for the loss of six wickets. Yuvraj Singh scored 150 off just 127 deliveries while MS Dhoni also scored 134 in 122 deliveries to bring India back into the game after the loss of early wickets. Chris Woakes did the early damages with four wickets.
In reply, Morgan’s men had lost wickets regularly despite the one-man show from the captain Eoin Morgan who finished with 102 off just 81 deliveries. Jason Roy, Joe Root, and Moeen Ali all got half-centuries but couldn’t take England over the line falling short just by 15 runs. Ashwin chipped in with three wickets and was the pick of the Indian bowlers.