England captain Eoin Morgan said his team was simply “clinical” in the series-clinching win over India in the third and final ODI here, a feat that was achieved after quickly learning from the “mistakes” committed in the first two games.

India lost by eight wickets as England rode on Joe Root’s 13th ODI century to chase down a target of 257 in 44.3 overs. The series ended 2-1 in the home team’s favour.

“We started poorly. As the series has gone on we have improved. It is a benefit of playing a bilateral series,” Morgan said in the post-match press conference.

‘India never seemed to get away from us’

“That constant improvement has been brilliant since Trent Bridge. Today I thought it was clinical, right from the get go. Mark Wood got the ball swinging with David Willey for three or four overs and India never seemed to get away from us from there,” he added.

Root and Morgan were involved in an unbeaten 186-run partnership. It was the second consecutive hundred for Root after his effort at the Lord’s, and it puts him in good stead for the five-Test series beginning on August 1.

“I think it is extremely encouraging (for the Test series). The composure he’s shown, particularly in the last two games, is the Joe Root we know and trust.”

India pacer Shardul Thakur, meanwhile, feels it is never easy to come off the bench and perform straight away in high-pressure games, and that he too felt the heat in the series-deciding third and final ODI against England here.

Thakur came in for Siddarth Kaul and ended with figures of 51 for one in 10 overs.

“I played the last game in South Africa when we had won that series. Playing this game, I was obviously a bit nervous because it is the series’ decider. When you are put under pressure, it’s a player’s responsibility to put forward your A-game. Sometimes the results go your way, sometimes they don’t,” Thakur said after the loss.

“It’s unfortunate that we lost this game. If you see overall we have done quite well. Keeping the World Cup in mind, which is next year, I think whatever batsmen have learnt from this T20 series and ODIs will be useful.”PTI

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