Leeds - Joe
Root became England's leading one-day international century-maker as an
innings of exactly 100 not out on his Headingley home ground saw the
hosts to an eight-wicket victory over India on Tuesday and a 2-1 series
This was Root's second unbeaten century in successive innings after
his 113 not out helped England level the three-match contest with an
86-run win at Lord's on Saturday.
This latest hundred was also Test skipper Root's 13th in ODIs, taking
him past the England record of 12 he had previously shared with Marcus
Tuesday saw Root and one-day captain Eoin Morgan (88 not out) share
an unbroken third-wicket stand of 186 as England, first in the ODI
rankings to their opponents' second, ended India's run of nine straight
bilateral series wins in style.
England, who will be bidding to win the World Cup for the first time
when they stage next year's edition, had said they would treat Tuesday's
match as a dress rehearsal for a winner-takes-all game at the showpiece
And that made the comprehensive manner of their victory all the more satisfying for Morgan's men.
It was England's
bowlers who set up this win, with Adil Rashid and David Willey, two of
the five Yorkshire cricketers in their XI, taking three wickets apiece.
But, after left-arm quick Willey had kept things tight early on, it
was leg-spinner Rashid who did significant damage by taking two wickets
in an over.
He bowled India captain and star batsman Virat Kohli (71), as well as
dismissing Suresh Raina, on his way to three for 49 in a maximum 10
Willey, who took three for 40 in nine overs, received excellent new-ball support from Durham quick Mark Wood (one for 30).
Root, who was dropped from the final match of England's preceding 2-1
Twenty20 series loss, told Sky Sports: "It feels fantastic.
"To come into a big series like this and perform how we have as a side is great."
Morgan added: "I think we were outstanding. I think the tone was set
by the bowlers early on, David Willey and Mark Wood were on the money.
From that point there was no let up."
Meanwhile Kohli accepted his side had been outplayed.
"I thought we were never on the mark as far as runs on the board were
concerned, we were 25-30 short, and England were really clinical with
the bat and in the field as well," he said.
After Morgan won the toss, Rohit Sharma, who scored a superb century
during India's eight-wicket win in the series-opener at Trent Bridge,
struggled to make two off 18 balls, his innings ending when he flicked
Willey to Wood at deep square leg.
Opening partner Shikhar Dhawan made a fluent 44 before was run out by Stokes's direct hit.
Dinesh Karthik, preferred to KL Rahul for this match, then made 21 before he was bowled between bat and pad by Rashid.
Kohli pressed on, however, completing a 55-ball fifty before Rashid struck twice in six balls as India slumped to 158 for five.
He bowled Kohli with a superb leg-break and had Raina caught low at leg-slip by Root.
James Vince, called up in place of the injured Jason Roy cut the
first ball of England's reply, from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, for four.
Vince's frustrating England career has seen him repeatedly get out on
Tuesday he fell for a run-a-ball 27, although it needed a brilliant
one-handed take by wicketkeeper Dhoni, from Hardik Pandya's throw, to
run him out.
But by then England were 74 for two inside 10 overs, well above the required run-rate.
Root, stumped off a Yuzvendra Chahal no-ball on 69, went to his
century when he pulled Pandya through midwicket for his 10th four in 120
balls as England won with 33 deliveries to spare.
An elated Root celebrated by dropping his bat to the ground - the
'mic drop' gesture more associated with rock stars and stand-up
comedians than cricketers.