Though it wasn’t an England win, the late dramatics of the third ODI proved a fitting finale to a fantastic winter of cricket.

Sam Curran’s heroic 95* from just 85 balls took Jos Buttler’s side close to a memorable victory but in the end, India’s 329 proved 7 runs too many and they claimed a 2-1 series win.

After some destructive batting saw England pull the series level on Friday, the stage was set for an entertaining decider and the final game of the India tour did not disappoint.

Buttler won his second toss of the series, opting to bowl first once again with just the one change as Mark Wood came in for Tom Curran.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan ensured the hosts made a strong start and it took arguably the ball of the series from Adil Rashid to make the breakthrough.

The England leg-spinner completely bamboozled Sharma with a googly and had him bowled through the gate. Rashid removed the other opener in the following over, taking a smart catch off his own bowling.

Then it was Moeen Ali’s turn to get involved in the action, getting one to really grip and having a mystified Virat Kohli clean bowled.

Liam Livingstone was introduced by Buttler not long after and it proved a masterstroke as he dismissed KL Rahul for just seven.

India were not kept quiet for long, however, with Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya sharing a 99-run stand. Were it not for some excellent death bowling – particularly from Wood despite battling illness – the hosts could have set a target well beyond the 329 they finished with.

Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow have been in phenomenal recent form but Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed them both within his first two overs to leave England 28/2.

Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, and Moeen all contributed with starts but when Curran arrived at the crease at 168/8, it looked like the tourists were facing a mammoth task.

We know what a talented player the 22-year-old is but the man they call the Curran Chameleon produced a batting display that highlighted just how special he is.

It was a gutsy performance from the Surrey man and one that allowed him to showcase both his brains and his brawn, with some wonderful strokes on show, as he hit the joint-highest score by a number eight in ODI history with Wood battling through his illness to prove a fantastic partner.

There has been no shortage of entertainment on the pitch this winter but it’s hard to think of a more dramatic period of play than the final hour of the final ODI, which had a bit of everything – big boundaries, great bowling, dropped catches, quality fielding and a mix up leading to a run out.

Ultimately, India edged it but we should take nothing away from the determination of Curran and Wood.

The results may not have always gone our way this winter but surely no one can question the entertainment that both sides have provided and the heart that England have shown.

Bring on the English summer and supporters back in stadiums!

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