India vs England: England all-rounder Sam Curran who scored unbeaten 95 runs in the thrilling series finale vs India in Pune on Sunday, doffed his hat to India pacer who defended 14 runs in the final over.
Sam Curran scored an unbeaten 95 in the series finale vs India on Sunday (Reuters Image)
- Sam Curran doffed his hat to Natarajan after the pacer defended 14 runs against England in the series finale
- Curran smashed 95 not runs off 83 runs while chasing against India in the 3rd ODI
- England lost the match by 7 runs as India won the ODI series 2-1
England all-rounder Sam Curran took his team almost over the finishing line with his gusty 83-ball 95 not out before Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya and T Natarajan pulled back things for India to register a 7-run win in the series-decider in Pune on Sunday.
England were 7 down for 200 and India were well on course for a 2-1 series win when Sam Curran decided to make things tough for Virat Kohli’s men in the middle. The 22-year-old partnered for 32, 57 and 60 runs with Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood, hitting the highest runs by a batsman while batting at number 8 against India in ODIs.
14 runs were required off the last 6 balls and T Natarajan, who was playing for the first time in the series, had the ball in his hand. He bowled at good lengths and cramped Sam Curran to hand India the match and the series.
Sam Curran in a great show of sportsmanship, praised the left-arm pacer in the post-match presentation ceremony. He also talked highly of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who gave away just 4 runs in the 48th over.
“We didn’t win the game, but happy with the way I played. I love winning, but it was a great experience. I haven’t done that for England for a long time, but in the end we lost. I wanted to take the majority of the balls and take it deep. It was hard to defend, but Natarajan bowled really well in the end and shows why he’s a really good bowler. I realized that one side was shorter and Bhuvi is a fantastic bowler so I played him out. Fantastic ground, great pitch and an amazing batting line-up for India, so it has been a great learning curve. Looking forward to the IPL in these conditions in a few weeks time,” Sam Curran told Murali Kartik.
Sam Curran will be next seen in action in the IPL 2021. He is part of MS Dhoni-led 3-time champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK).