With the series on the line, England skipper Eoin Morgan elected to bat first after winning the toss and his decision was vindicated with his side going on to amass 322-7 in their 50 overs.
In the 37th over of England’s innings, Dhoni snared his 300th catch in ODI cricket when Jos Buttler edged an Umesh Yadav delivery straight into the hands of the veteran. The 37-year-old became only the fourth wicketkeeper in ODI history to get to the mark after Adam Gilchrist, Mark Boucher and Kumar Sangakkara.
MS Dhoni becomes the fourth keeper to take 300 catches in ODIs..!!!— DHONIsm™ 💙 (@DHONIism) July 14, 2018
417 A Gilchrist
403 M Boucher
402 K Sangakkara
300* MS Dhoni
262 B McCullum
Meanwhile, Root answered his critics in fine fashion as he roared back into form with his 12th ODI ton and his first at Lord’s. Root’s unbeaten innings of 113 from 116 balls put him level with Marcus Trescothick as England’s all-time leading century-maker in one-day cricket.
Joe Root now has as many ODI hundreds as Paul Collingwood, Ian Bell and Andrew Flintoff combined.— Charlie Reynolds (@cwjreynolds) July 14, 2018
Root: 12 hundreds in 109 innings
Collingwood, Bell, Flintoff: 12 in 457
Root’s 12 centuries have come in 109 innings while Trescothick’s came in 122.
The century also pushed Root’s average in the format over 50 as the Englishman bounced back from the disappointment of being dropped from the final T20 between the two sides at Bristol.
Dhoni can break another record in the ongoing clash should he muster 33 runs during India’s chase of 323. That would make the Ranchi-born man only the 12th batsman in history to register 10,000 ODI runs and the fourth Indian to do so after Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly.
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