The heroic inning of middle order batsman Kedar Jadhav (90) went in vain as the Indian team fell short of five runs to register a clean sweep against England in the ODI series.
Riding on Ben Stokes's man-of-the-match performance, England defeated India by five runs in the third and the final ODI at the iconic Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 22 January.
Stokes turned out to be the golden boy for England as he not only struck crucial knock of 57 off 39 balls to help his team post a mammoth total of 321/8, but also chipped in with his bowling by taking three wickets.
India started off on a jittery note as the fierce spell from the England duo Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett, who took two and one wickets respectively, constantly troubled the India's top-order.
However, India received some respite when skipper Kohli and Yuvraj Singh stitched together a 65-run partnership.
A valiant knock from Kedar Jadhav, who remained the top scorer for India with his 90 (75), kept the visitors peeved and kept the hopes for India alive till the last over of the game.
England was forced to change their bowling plan as Jadhav continued to execute confidence in his outrageous shots. India required 16 runs off 6 balls and with Jadhav on strike nothing seemed impossible.
The first two balls of the last over hit boundaries as India inched closer to the target. But, England held their nerves and dismissed Jadhav on the second last ball to clinch the match.
Later, Stokes was declared 'Man of the Match' for his brilliant performance with the bat and bowl.
Jadhav, on the other hand, was declared Man of the Series for amassing 232 runs in three matches. India has already won the series 2-1.
- With ANI inputs