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Joe Root leads England to a 41-run win over India in Leeds

Centurion Joe Root was England's hero as they salvaged pride with a 41-run win in the final one-day international against India.

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India entered the match with an unassailable 3-0 series lead but Root - one of the shining lights of a mixed home season for England - ensured the hosts would at least win one match of the series.

Root, who has already scored three Test centuries this year, hit an excellent 113 in front of his home crowd at Headingley and late-order hitting from Jos Buttler (49) and Ben Stokes (33 not out) helped England to 294-7 off 50 overs.

And India's chase never got going, despite Ravindra Jadeja's late 87, as Stokes (3-47 off seven overs) and James Anderson (2-39 off 10) led the way for the hosts.

India won the toss and sent England in at Leeds, a decision vindicated by the early scalps of Alex Hales and Moeen Ali, who fell for four and nine respectively.

Root looked immediately comfortable at the crease, though, and he and England captain Alastair Cook (46) added 52 runs for the third wicket.

Cook saw a top-edge off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (1-49 off 10) fall safe in the 19th over but it was a warning he did not heed as he departed in similar fashion off the bowling of Suresh Raina (1-32 off seven) just 10 balls later.

England were strangled in the middle overs as Ashwin and Jadeja made life difficult, particularly for Eoin Morgan, who eventually was stumped for 14, but Root fought through the tough period and it proved crucial.

At 151-4 after 35 overs, England posting a score close to 300 looked highly unlikely but Root and Buttler took 55 runs from five powerplay overs and although the latter was comically run-out, the scoreboard kept ticking over.

Root, who hit 10 fours and three sixes in his 108-ball knock, brought up his second one-day international century with a huge six over mid-wicket off Jadeja in the 45th over and Stokes swung hard in the final overs to ensure England posted a big total.

Anderson gave England an excellent start when he had Ajinkya Rahane caught at point for a third-ball duck and Virat Kohli (13) and Shikhar Dhawan (31) failed to convert starts.

Ambati Rayudu (53) and Raina were both dropped in the 15th over but while the former took advantage, his team-mate could not, and was Moeen's second victim for 18.

That brought MS Dhoni to the crease but there were no heroics from the India captain on this occasion, as he fell to Steven Finn (2-37 off 8.4) for 29, while Stokes ended Rayudu's innings when he was caught at mid-on by Cook.

Jadeja finished strongly in the final overs, hitting the England bowlers to all parts, but it mattered little as England won their first one-day international since May.

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