The English skipper Eoin Morgan’s bold decision to chase down teh target on an unpredictable surface at Headingley got overshadowed by the brilliance of a jaw-dropping, more befittingly so a ‘bat drop’ century from hugely criticized Joe Root. A comprehensive performance with the ball followed by Root and Morgan’s 186-run partnership saw England registering a thumping win over Team India by 8 wickets with 33 balls to spare on Tuesday. Notching up his century along with the winning runs, England’s Root dropped his bat on the field, perhaps a message for all the critics.
While Kuldeep Yadav’s spin damaged England’s recent reputation in white ball cricket, Morgan demonstrated immense faith on his team. England followed their Lord’s win in the series decider of the 3 match series at Headingley not only to restore their stature but also to shatter India’s confidence who has never lost a bilateral series since 2016.
Chasing a modest total of 256 runs on board Root and Morgan presented composure and character as they played ruthless cricket. The English Test captain struck his 13th ODI century in 120 balls with the help of 10 boundaries. Morgan also complimented him well with an unbeaten 88 from 108 balls lacing 9 fours and the sole six of the innings.
Here is the video of the Root’s celebration in his own unique style:
Root's century celebration…!! pic.twitter.com/hetyGzNYBk
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As the Indian skipper Virat Kohli mentioned England’s comprehensive batting and bowling was the biggest difference between the two teams, wrist spinner Adil Rashid emerged as the most effective bowler in both of England’s win. India’s shock defeat was simply as shocking as Kohli’s expression on getting out to a spectacular Rashid turner. With the win against one of the favorites to lift the World Cup next year, the Three Lions have made it clear that they mean business.