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India cancel out Curran heroics to win ODI Series

England’s Sam Curran played the innings of his life but narrowly failed to drag his side back from the brink as India won by seven runs to claim the ODI series 2-1.

The result also helped India secure a clean sweep over visiting England, who also lost the Tests 3-1 and Twenty20 3-2.

But Curran’s improbable rescue job from No 8 turned a lost cause into a nail-biting finale in Pune. England were 168-6 chasing 330 when he walked to the crease, but he showed scant regard for the oppressive match situation heaving his way to a remarkable 95 not out.

The 22-year-old’s previous best in ODIs was just 15, while his highest score in any white-ball cricket stood at 57. And yet, after being dropped in costly fashion by Hardik Pandya on just 22 he refused to be stopped.

With only the tail for company he set up a 50th-over shootout but could not clear the final hurdle as Thangarasu Natarajan prevented the two big hits England needed for glory. England finished on 9-322. Shardul Thakur claimed 4-67 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar chipped in with 3-42.

England won the toss and sent the home side in to bat, with Mark Wood’s 3-34 helping to avert an even larger score for India. Rishabh Pant (78), Shikhar Dhawan (67) and Hardik Pandya (64) all scored half centuries for India.

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