The stage was set for a series deciding match between the No.1 ranked England and No.2 ranked India at Leeds. For the moment, only a series win was at stake. But in the long-term, the result would have had far more consequences.
In the end, it turned out to be a one-sided affair, which the hosts won in a comfortable fashion. Having been put into bat, India could put up a mere 256 for 8 in their 50 overs.
It was a tale of two halves during Indian batting. In the first 30 overs, they were 156 for 3, with skipper Virat Kohli in sublime form. But the final 20 overs were a pain for the Indian batters and the fans.
The very first delivery of the 31st over saw Kohli getting dismissed to a beauty by Adil Rashid. And since then, it was a downfall for India. With MS Dhoni struggling, and other batters failing, the visitors could only muster 100 more runs since their skipper's dismissal.
Chasing a paltry 257, England got off toa firing start through openers James Vince and Jonny Bairstow. The latter was hammering the Indian bowlers left and right. By the he was dismissed, Bairstow had scored 30 of just 13 balls.
India thought they might have a chance in the game when Vince was run out for 27 after some good work by Harik Pandya and Dhoni. But it proved to be a false alarm. Joe Root, along with skipper Eoin Morgan calmed the proceedings with their brilliant strokeplay.
Root was particularly excellent, maneuvering the ball all around the park. He even fended off the threat of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal comfortably. He guided his team to win by scoring a four, which also took him to his second consecutive century in the series.
On the other end, Morgan remained unbeaten on 88, though, he was as good as Root. It was surprising to see a series between two equally strong teams produce three one-sided match.
The first ODI was a walk in the park for India, as Kuldeep Yadav's mystery earned him six wickets, before Rohit Sharma blasted an unbeaten century. It was the perfect result for the visitors following the T20I series win.
In the second ODI, England bounced back in sublime fashion. Root spearheaded the comeback with a century as the hosts posted 322 for 7 in the first innings. In reply, India were bowled out for a mere 236.