Kohli, Morgan upbeat after Eden Gardens thriller


Virat Kohli and Eoin Morgan each found plenty of positives to take after England's consolation victory over India in the third one-day international at Eden Gardens.

Totals of 350 and 366 proved insufficient for England in Pune and Cuttack respectively, but the tourists just about defended 321-8 on Sunday as they limited India to 316-9.

India skipper Kohli took heart from his side's recovery from 173-5, which looked set to culminate in victory when Kedar Jadhav (90) struck Chris Woakes for six and four at the start of the last over, reducing India's target to six runs from four balls. 

However, Woakes responded superbly, bowling successive dot balls before removing Jadhav and then finishing with another delivery that India could not score from.

"It's been a series of a lot of positives for us, [with] the team showing character every time they were put under the pump," said Kohli at the post-match presentation.

"Even today, 173-5 with all our top-order batsmen back in the hut, two [Jadhav and Hardik Pandya] step up and get a hundred partnership and almost get us over the line.

"I think it was a great demo for us as far as the Champions Trophy is concerned and two guys showing character down the order obviously gives the upper-order batsmen a boost as well, so I'm really pleased as a captain."

Man of the series Jadhav - who compiled a spectacular hundred in the first ODI - earned particularly high praise, Kohli describing the 31-year-old as "a brilliant find" and hailing his "priceless" contributions from number six.

"That was one area that we wanted to strengthen and now Hardik is coming into his own as well as the all-rounder," added Kohli. "It gives us great balance going into overseas conditions. It's been a series of great finds and people showing great character."

England skipper Morgan echoed Kohli in praising his team's character.

"We were rewarded, I suppose, for our persistence and drive to get a result," said Morgan.

"A lot of teams might have fallen away at 2-0 down - we came back hard and fought hard against a really good side, and got a result.

"[There are a] huge amount of positives. It finishes 2-1, India outplayed us in the first two games but getting a win is important for us.

"We've scored 300 [sic] today, 350 in the first two games and the bowlers have improved throughout the series, so they are the positives."