England: 155 all out in 42.2 overs (Joe Root 39, Tim Bresnan 25, Ian Bell 25; Ravindra Jadeja 3/19, Ishant Sharma 2/29).
India: 157 for three in 28.1 overs (Virat Kohli 77 not out, Gautam Gambhir 33; James Tredwell 2/29).
The Indian bowlers put in an inspired show before Virat Kohli returned to form with a magnificient unbeaten 77* as the hosts spanked England by seven wickets in the third ODI to make captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s first match in his home town a memorable one on Saturday.
India first bowled out visitors for a mere 155 in 42.2 overs riding on Ravindra Jadeja’s 3/19 and then chased down the target with 21.5 overs to spare to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match match series.
Nearly 40,000 vociferous spectators at the newly built JSCA Stadium cheered Kohli, who rediscovered his form, and other Indian batsmen as they went about the run chase without much fuss in what turned out to be a rather one-sided contest.
The script unfolded like a dream for home boy Dhoni as he won the toss and his bowlers responded magnificently by skittling out the visitors for a meagre total though it was not a difficult wicket to bat on. Only Joe Roots with 39 runs could hang around for long, while opener Ian Bell (25) and Tim Bresnan (25) were the other contributors as England lost wickets at regular intervals.
India in their reply lost opener Ajinkya Rahane for a duck but Gautam Gambhir (33) and Kohli steadied the innings to some extent by putting on 67 runs for the second wicket. After Gambhir’s dismissal, Kohli and Yuvraj Singh (30) accelerated the pace of scoring with explosive shots much to the delight of the home crowd. Yuvraj was, however, out with 12 runs left of the target. Kohli smashed two 6s and nine 4s during his knock which formed the cornerstone of the Indian response. Dhoni hit the winning runs by pulling Steven Finn to the square-leg boundary to trigger off scenes of celebration in the galleries and the Indian dressing room.
The two teams will now travel to Mohali for the fourth match to be held on January 23.