England beat India by 8 wickets to clinch the series 2-1 at Leeds. It was a thrilling match as Joe Root’s 13th ton and Adil Rashid’s 3-fer helped hosts crush the visitors. But there were moments from the match that will now go down as a part of rich India vs England cricket folklore. From an Indian perspective, there were moments to forget, for example, a set Virat Kohli getting beaten against the run of play to their disastrous fielding.
Here are the top moments of the match:
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Adil Rashid Getting the ‘VIRAT’ wicket:
Virat Kohli (71 of 72) was dismissed at a very crucial juncture of the game. His wicket broke the momentum and led to another wicket. Virat getting completely bamboozled by Rashid is one of the top game-changing moments of the match.
DRS Surely is Dhoni Review System:
MS Dhoni was trapped in front of the bowling of Moeen Ali, the umpire gave it out. MS Dhoni instantly opted for the review and the umpire had to overturn the decision as the ball was not hitting the stumps. The English players had already started celebrating but once they realised it was not out all their happiness came to a premature end. MS Dhoni scored a slow 42 of 66 balls and was jeered and trolled again.
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Joe Root’s Bat Drop:
Root scored his 13th century and went past Marcus Trescothick to slam the most number of centuries by an English batsman in ODIs. He also bagged the Man of the Series for his consecutive tons. But what grabbed eyeballs was the fact that a quiet, shy Yorkshireman did the unexpected. He did a bat drop, like a mic drop!
MS Dhoni’s Ball Taking Move Sparks Retirement Rumours:
The former Indian captain was booed at Lord’s and then jeered at Leeds for his slow style of play. Uncharacteristic to his nature, MS Dhoni was not allowed to break the shackles like he usually does. In fact, after the match, he went up to the umpires and asked for the match ball, that got the rumour mills activated who felt he is going to throw in the towel.
At a crucial stage in the match, when England looked to run away with the match, it was the combination of Hardik and MS Dhoni that helped in affecting a runout. Not that it helped India win, but surely gave us a glimpse of how streetsmart and sharp MS Dhoni is at the age of 37.
India will now lock horns with England in the five-Test series starting August 1.