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India 329/10 (48.2 ov)
England 322/9 (50 ov)
India won by 7 runs.
Player of the match: Sam Curran
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ODI : India 2-1 England. T20 : India 3-2 England. Tests : India 3-1 England. Not as comprehensive as it seems, especially in the white-ball format. The World Champions put India under pressure throughout the white-ball tour. In fact, blew them away in a few contests, but the Indian's showed their resilient spirit to come roaring back, every time their backs were against the wall. A lot of positives to take for both sides, throughout the series. India with the emergence of fearless youngsters in T20 cricket. An ODI set-up that saw the best of KL Rahul and the young bowlers, stepping up to the plate, not shying away from the big stage. And of course, the return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. England with their formidable top-order and the performances of Rashid against India's top duo. Their middle order seemed a bit exposed. Doesn't matter when a side bats so deep, does it? Everything embodying their gung-ho approach towards the limited overs format.

That brings us to the end of one of Indian cricket's more memorable five months. From the historic triumphs down-under, to the battling it out against the World Champions. A lot of opportunities for youngster to shine and for some settled players to find their groove again. All for the big picture, building up towards the T20 World Cup, of course. For now though, all eyes will be on the IPL, which gets underway in two weeks time. That brings us to the end of another memorable game of cricket and a thrilling series in all. We hope you all enjoyed our commentary, as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. This is Pratyush Rohra, signing off on behalf of my co-commentator, Shashwat Kumar. Goodnight and take care, see ya!
Virat Kohli, Indian captain : I said it at the start of the series, when the top-two battle each other, we'll get exciting games. No one will obviously throw in the towel at this level, and Sam played a really good innings 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, you have to remember that everyone's doing the best for the side. Catches get put down and sometimes they cost you. There's no lack of intent, and our body language was outstanding. Eventually we managed to get over the line. I'm a bit 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. Getting four wickets and three wickets each, it was an outstanding performance. Prasidh and Krunal were impressive but death overs batting was extremely good, despite the early wickets. If the top three can get a hundred, then we can certainly get 370s and 380s in the later stages. This win has been sweet one because it's against the top team in the world, they are the number one side for a reason. We're looking forward to the IPL. It's been an amazing season, series, and this was a great way to finish it off. Scheduling needs to be looked at in future, since playing in bubbles will be difficult, and everyone can't have the same mental capacity all the time. It's different for every player and individual, but I'm looking forward to the IPL for now.
Jonny Bairstow, Man of the Series : I've been pleased with my striking, but we'd like to be on the winning side at the end of the day. Obviously wanted to get a hundred in the first game and get my side over the line. Today, it just wasn't meant to be. We know how difficult it is to play in India, I wasn't the only one not to score a lot of runs (laughs). I didn't score a lot in the Tests, but it was pleasing to come back and do well in the white-ball leg, playing two different roles and I'll be taking the confidence into the IPL. We know Bhuvi's skills, and I think getting outside off is the way to counter it. If we balls inswing, it's gonna hit you perfectly. We had a bit of conversation about it and we played him in the Sunrisers' camp, so we'll have practice against him. Curran's innings was special wasn't it? Really mature innings, he's played out of his skin, and we know the quality and talent he has, and the everyone in the dugout had an immense amount of belief he had to take us over the line, but congratulations to Nattu and how he executed the yorkers at the death. Fair play to him. There's not many people I would trust more than Sam to clear the short boundaries, which is his strength and in the end it was absolutely fantastic batting.
Sam Curran, Man of the Match : The main thing was that we didn't win the game, but happy with the way I played. I love winning, that's the way I play my cricket, but it was a great experience. I haven't done that for a while, especially for England in a long time. Really pleasing to do that but in the end we lost, so obviously I'm disappointed. I wanted to take the majority of the balls and take it deep. We saw the game when we bowled, it was hard to defend. Really small boundary and a good pitch to bat on, I tried that but fair play to Natarajan, who bowled really well in the end. He nailed his six deliveries in the end and it shows why he's a really good bowler. I knew that one side was shorter and Bhuvi is an outstanding bowler so I played him out and didn't take any risks. A learning series overall for me, it's given me great confidence. Fantastic ground, great pitch and an amazing batting line-up for India, so it has been a great learning curve. Looking forward to the IPL in these conditions in a few weeks time.
Jos Buttler, England captain : Fantastic game. I think both sides made some mistakes throughout the game but at the same time played some great cricket as well. It had all the makings of a great game. It was a magnificent innings back Sam Curran to almost get us over the line, but congratulations to India for the win. We're disappointed not to win but there's been some great learnings throughout the process. We've learnt a lot as a side and seen many guys stand up and take the lead. The white-ball leg was incredibly competitive and it was close today as well. The experience we've gained for the conditions we will face in the near future, at the World Cup and playing cricket in India is a great learning. Especially for the younger guys, to play a top-class side, it'll make them a better player in the future. We were happy with what we restricted India to. It's difficult to defend towards the end. We didn't bowl that well at the top, gave away easy boundaries, but dragged it back fantastically well only to be pegged back by Pant and Pandya, who put in a really good partnership, but we restricted them well enough. It was a fair total to chase. We has the run rate in check but never got the big partnerships together that was going to take us over the line. We're going from strength to strength as a side. We've played excellent cricket for a number of years, and the players coming into the side are missing out and performing at a great level. The talent pool in white-ball cricket is growing and creates competition in the squad and drives us to do better. We know we bat deep as a side, it's one of our strengths, but it was an amazing effort by Sam Curran. Great maturity to take the ownership and face a lot of deliveries. He put together a good partnership with Wood. I know Sam will be disappointed not to get us over the line but he's got great character to play the way he did, and he has those amazing qualities in abundance. We are all very proud of him and his performance.
A fitting end to an exhilarating series! A humdinger of a game and it's India who came out on top eventually. Just. A belter of a batting track, some excellent bowling performances and some average fielding. This one had all the makings of an exciting game! Bhuvneshwar Kumar's early burst put England under the cosh right away, with both the openers back in the hut.

Stokes and Malan looked to steady the ship before the all-rounder lost his wicket on a full toss. Liam Livingstone left an a solid impression with a 50-run stand alongside Malan, before Shardul Thakur wiped through the middle order. Moeen Ali played a handy cameo but it seemed like India were on their way to a comprehensive victory once he departed. Sam Curran had other plans though. 

The all-rounder brought up the highest individual score by a number 8 batsmen, as he narrowly missed out on a century. An innings he can be thoroughly proud of. He took the game really deep and managed to see out Bhuvneshwar, before taking the attack to the other inexperienced bowlers. It was a game of nerves in the end, as it came down to who could handle the pressure better. 

Topsy-turvy, as this series was. India gave signs that they might throw this one away. A choking, as they like to call it. Curran had put in all the hard work while batting with the tail, but Hardik Pandya and Natarajan held their nerves towards the end, to ensure India seal the series and finish their campaign on a high. 
Bhuvneshwar Kumar : It was tense. Being a bowler, you're under pressure. A bit of dew on the ground but we were well prepared. I wasn't worried about the first over. I knew the in-swinger could get the get me the wickets and the balls were good deliveries, so the plan actually worked. Looking forward to the IPL of course, but a big moment for me is to get through this series without an injury, so yes, that's a reward for me. Looking forward to play more matches. 

Shikhar Dhawan : I was always in the groove but I just wasn't playing (laughs), and once I got the chance, I made the most of it. It's always nice to bat like this and I enjoyed my batting. I was playing domestic cricket(Vijaye Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy), so I was getting match practice and I'm very grateful I played in those tournaments. The wicket was very good, very true in these last two matches with the ball coming onto the bat nicely from the first delivery and I like playing on a bouncy track.
Handshakes all around. We've had a magnificent tour between two of the world's best sides! One feels for Sam Curran. Mesmerizing knock by the all-rounder to take this game to the very end. He registers the highest score by a number eight batsmen, in the history of ODI cricket. So close, yet so far. A memorable knock nonetheless! 
India win the match by 7 runs! They clinch the ODI series 2-1 in a cracking game!
Over: 50 | Summary: 1W 1 0 0 4 1 Bowler: T Natarajan Score: 323/9
49.6 T Natarajan to Sam Curran, NATARAJAN BOWLS A FAIR DELIVERY! Full on middle and leg stump. Curran goes deep into his crease and pumps that one down the ground towards long on. Dot ball! INDIA WIN THE SERIES!
All Natarajan has to do here is bowl a legal delivery. He's done brilliantly to hold his nerve.
49.5 T Natarajan to Sam Curran, FOUR! INDIA WILL WIN IT NOW! Full delivery outside off stump. Curran goes deep into his crease and smears that one over extra cover for a boundary! Extras needed now, from England's perspective!
49.4 T Natarajan to Sam Curran, low full toss just outside off stump. Curran throws his bat at it but only slices it down the ground towards long off. Dot ball! 12 off 2 now! India's game to lose, surely!
It's all on Sam Curran now!
49.3 T Natarajan to Sam Curran, full delivery outside off stump. Curran sits deep in his crease and looks for the slog but only tugs it terribly down the ground towards long on. DOT BALL!
12 runs needed off 4 balls! 
49.2 T Natarajan to Reece Topley, full delivery outside off stump. Topley gets onto the front foot and in rather ungainly fashion, drives that one towards deep point for a single
Reece Topley, right-hand batsman, is the last man in. Mind you, he will be on strike!
49.1 T Natarajan to Sam Curran, OUT! DRAMA AT PUNE! very full delivery on middle and off stump. Curran gets forward and drills that one down the ground towards long on. Curran looks for the second but slips, meaning that Wood is left stranded in the middle of the pitch. Hardik fires the throw and Pant does the rest!
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