Kuldeep the key as England and India face shoot-out

The series had been poised on a knife edge after England won the second game by 86 runs at Lord's on Saturday and India won the first game by eight wickets.

Root, who was dropped from the final match of England's preceding 2-1 Twenty20 series loss, told Sky Sports: "It feels fantastic".

Despite Root and Morgan hitting England home, spinner Adil Rashid received man of the match for three wickets, including a stunning dismissal of India captain and top-scorer Virat Kohli.

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But having said they would treat Tuesday´s match as a dress rehearsal for a winner-takes-all game at the World Cup, England will be delighted by this comprehensive success. He was criticised for not being aggressive enough in his 59-ball 37-run knock as India could only manage 236 in 50 overs after England posted 322 for seven.

Alex Hales would have been first choice but sustained a side strain in the nets at Trent Bridge before the opening contest of this series. Shardul Thakur was the solitary batsman to cause any trouble when he hit the only two sixes of the innings in the penultimate over. He deceived Rohit Sharma on the off-stump throughout the over.

England then missed a chance to dismiss Kohli when the India captain, on 23, edged a drive against off-spinner Moeen Ali only for wicket-keeper Jos Buttler to drop a hard catch. - Reuters "I thought we were never on the mark as far as runs were concerned, we were 25 runs less, England were clinical with bat, ball and in the field, and England deserved to win".

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A disbelieving Kohli walked off and Suresh Raina (one) then turned Rashid low to Rashid´s Yorkshire team-mate Joe Root at leg slip.

Kohli pressed on, however, completing a 55-ball fifty including six fours before Rashid struck twice in quick succession as India´s 156 for three was transformed into 158 for five.

But by then England were 74 for two inside 10 overs, well above the required run-rate.

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England: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, David Willey Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Jake Ball, James Vince, Liam Plunkett.

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