After falling behind by only nine runs in a 326-run chase, India rebounded strongly in Kochi to even out the series 1-1 with a 127-run victory, which is their second highest margin of victory versus the English.
The victory for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team reignited the struggling squad aiming to take the lead heading into Mohali and Dharamsala.
Another underwhelming innings performance by Dhoni (72 from 66 balls) combined with Ravindra Jadeja's unbeaten 61 from 37 balls set the tone for India after another top-order disappointment in Kochi as the English fell in the 286-run chase.
Dhoni has seemingly played with more confidence at the newly-constructed JSCA International Stadium Complex.
"200 per cent I'm looking forward to it (playing at home). It's big for me," he said, according to Zee News
In the triumph of Kochi, India finally seemed to find its allrounder solution in Jadeja who played like a veteran, contributing with 2 ½ from his seven over's of left-arm spin.
Another positive is the struggling middle-order batsmen's return to form with Suresh Raina, Dhoni and Jadeja all getting half-centuries.
For those who have a subscription to Sky Sports, simply log onto www.skysports.com/xtra to watch India face off against England in the 3rd ODI via live stream. Coverage of the match is set to begin at 6:30 a.m. GMT on Saturday, Jan. 19. The teams can be viewed below.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt and wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Shami Ahmed, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara Amit Mishra and Ashok Dinda.
Alastair Cook (capt), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter (wk), Samit Patel, Chris Woakes, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Stuart Meaker