After a tragic performance in the test series the Indian team met the English side in the Royal London One Day series. It was a series of five matches and the current world champions of this format were looking to make amendments of the loss in the test series.
The 1st match of any series is an important one but this series started off with a washout match at the Bristol. After a heavy rain shower overnight the match was called off without even the toss being taking place. The excitement of the 1st match was all washed out and the eyes moved towards Cardiff which was the venue for the 2nd ODI to take place.
In the 2nd match England won the toss and decided to field first. In this match the Indian batsmen made merry as Rohit Sharma scored 52 runs and Ajinkya Rahane scored 41 runs. Suresh Raina was the difference between the teams as he scored 100 runs. Mahendra Singh Dhoni too played an important role as he scored 52 runs as the team reached a total of 304. Chris Woakes took 4 wickets in the match. The 2nd innings of the match was delayed due to rain and later he match was reduced to 47 overs and score was reduced to 295 runs. Alex Hales was the only English batsmen to score 40 runs while rest of the team lost the wickets cheaply. The English side got out at a score of 161 thus India won the match easily. Ravindra Jadeja took 4 wickets in the match.
The 3rd ODI was played at the Nottingham. India after winning the toss decided to field first. Batting first the Alastair Cook and Alex hales scored 44 and 42 respectively while Jos Buttler was the other batsmen who scored 42 runs as the team was able to score only 227 runs. Ravichanran Ashwin took 3 wickets in the match. Batting 2nd the Indians were able to score the required runs in just 43 overs. Ambati Raydu scored 64 runs while Suresh Raina scored 42 runs and Virat Kohli scored 40 runs. With this win the team made led the series 2-0 after 3 matches.
The 4th match of the series was played in Birmingham where India again fielded first after winning the toss. It was yet again the Indian bowlers who made merry as the home team struggled to bat well. It seemed that Joe Root and Eoin Morgan looked settled down but the spinner broke through. Rot scored 44 while Morgan scored 32 runs. It seemed that the team will find it difficult to score 200 but Moeen Ali came in to score 67 runs in 50 balls and helped his team in reaching 206. Mohammed Shami took 3 wickets in the match. India won this match pretty easily as Ajinkya Rahane scored 106 runs and Shikhar Dhawan scored 97 runs to help his team win the match by 9 wickets.
The 5th and the final ODI was just a formality as India had already won the series. It was a match that England wanted to win it for pride. After winning the toss India decided to field yet again. The England’s batting was same yet again but this time Joe Root made the difference. He scored 113 runs while Jos Buttler helped him along scoring 49 runs to help their team reach 294 runs. Mohammed Shami took 2 wickets in the match. In the whole series it was for the first time when Indian batting line up struggled to score runs with a flow. Ambati Raydu scored 53 runs in the innings. Ravindra Jadeja fought hard till the end scoring 87 runs. He took the team to 253 runs and ended up losing the match. Ben Stokes took 3 wickets in the match.
With this the Royal London cup was won by India as they won the series 3-1. Man of the Series award went to Suresh Raina for a good all-round performance.