Cricket: Stokes lifts Eng to 321
12:00 AM, January 23, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:27 PM, January 23, 2017

Stokes lifts Eng to 321

Ben Stokes hit an aggressive half-century to help lift England to 321 for eight in their third and final one-day international against India in Kolkata on Sunday.

Stokes smashed an unbeaten 57 off 39 balls, and there were also half-centuries from Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow, as the visitors sought a consolation win after India secured the series 2-0.

After being put in to bat England rode on a 98-run opening stand between Roy and Sam Billings before the Indian bowlers came back with regular strikes.

Paceman Hardik Pandya claimed three wickets while spinner Ravindra Jadeja got two at Kolkata's Eden Gardens Stadium.

Jadeja sent both openers back to the pavilion, dismissing Roy for the third time in the series after the batsman's third successive ODI fifty.

Skipper Eoin Morgan once again looked like he would pilot the innings with some assured hitting.

The left-hander shared an 84-run third-wicket partnership with Jonny Bairstow  before Pandya rattled the England middle order.

Morgan, who hit two fours and three sixes during his 44-ball stay, was out for 43 after flicking a catch to Jasprit Bumrah at short fine leg.

SCORES IN BRIEF

ENGLAND: 321 for 8 in 50 overs (Roy 65, Bairstow 56, Stokes 57 not out; Pandya 3-49, Jadeja 2-62)

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