MANCHESTER, England ( Associated Press) – Jos Buttler opened England’s innings in his third and final One Day International against India on Sunday, scoring his first half-century since becoming a full-time white-ball captain.
Helmed twice in the same over from Mohammad Siraj, Buttler smashed 60 off 80 balls at his home ground at Old Trafford as England posted 259 in 45.5 overs.
England registered their highest ever score in the series, level at 1-1, but their bid to set up an unbeatable total was cut short by Hardik Pandya taking an ODI best of 4-24 with three maidens in seven overs. was given.
Jasprit Bumrah was let off with a back cramp, but his replacement Siraj took advantage of the movement’s signal, with Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root both getting ducks off three balls in the second over.
Jason Roy (41 off 31) drives skillfully, then cut twice to take 12 off his first four balls, while Ben Stokes (27 off 29) was quicker as he took 12-2 for no loss. Made a recovery of 66 from, but Pandya’s introduction was returned to England.
Roy dropped a top-edge while Pandya pulled back his length watching Stokes on charge, with the England Test captain only being able to loop a return catch.
Butler was observant at first and hit the helmet twice after being beaten for pace by Siraj, but he struck one in the pacer’s next over before dismissing Yuzvendra Chahal at long-on for the first of his two sixes. connected with the bridge. Moeen Ali also scored 18 runs in one over of Siraj.
Moeen was dismissed for 34, caught on the leg-side off Ravindra Jadeja. Liam Livingstone (27) fizzled out with a pair of pulled sixes, but as he tried to take the returning Pandya down again, he only dismissed Jadeja at deep square leg.
Three balls later and Jadeja was in action again, running to his left and taking a good low catch for Butler to watch, with Pandya again the bowler.
David Willey (18) and Craig Overton (32) put on a useful 48-run partnership for the eighth wicket. Both dismissed Chahal, who then bowled Reece Topley through the gate to end England’s innings in 25 balls.
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