Joe Root Becomes England's Highest Centurion In ODIs

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Joe Root's unbeaten century in the third ODI against India not only won the England the match, but also the series

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Joe Root's unbeaten century in the third ODI against India not only won the England the match, but also the series. His second consecutive ton in the series has also made him a record holder in his country's cricket history.

The 27-year-old became England's highest centurion in ODIs following his unbeaten 100 in the third ODI. Prior to this match, he shared the record with former great Marcus Trescothick.

England's 'golden boy' achieved this feat in just his 110th innings. He is now No.27th in the list of highest century makers in ODI cricket.

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.

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