Great start to 2017! India win first ODI series under Virat Kohli's captaincy, beat England 2-1

Despite loss in the third and the final One Day International match against England by 5 runs at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on January 22, team India clinched the series by 2-1. Virat Kohli’s men had won the first two matches at Pune and Cuttack.

Earlier today, England registered their first victory of their Indian cricket tour, edging past the hosts by five runs in the inconsequential third and final One-Day International (ODI) at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.

Chasing 322 to win, India almost rode on Kedar Jadhav’s brilliant 90 off just 75 balls along with Hardik Pandya’s career-best score of 56 off 43 balls, which saw a match-winning 104-run sixth wicket stand off just 83 balls.

But, with 16 runs needing in the last over, Jadhav hit a six and a four off the first two balls to give the 66,000-odd crowd some hope, but fell to Chris Woakes eventually.

Fall of wickets 1-13 (Rahane, 1.4 ov), 2-37 (Rahul, 5.6 ov), 3-102 (Kohli, 19.4 ov), 4-133 (Yuvraj Singh, 25.3 ov), 5-173 (Dhoni, 31.4 ov), 6-277 (Pandya, 45.3 ov), 7-291 (Jadeja, 46.5 ov), 8-297 (Ashwin, 47.5 ov), 9-316 (Jadhav, 49.5 ov)

Meanwhile, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who relinquished the One-Day International (ODI) and T20 captaincy recently, was felicitated by Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for his contribution to Indian cricket during the innings break of the third ODI against England here on Sunday.

Dhoni, who led India to two World Cups — one 50-over and one T20 — along with a Champions Trophy, received a crystal trophy from India’s first 50-over World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev to loud cheers of “Dhoni, Dhoni” from the 55,000-odd spectators.

Dhoni, who rolled back time with a typical knock of 134 runs in the second ODI at Cuttack, was also given a shawl by CAB Joint Secretary Avishek Dalmiya with Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) P.V. Shetty presenting him a memento.