India missed injured Jasprit Bumrah's services on Friday during the death overs as England hit three sixes.
The series win set the right tone for the gruelling challenges ahead with the three-match ODI series, up next, starting from July 12.
England put on 94 for the first wicket between top scorer Jason Roy (67) and Jos Buttler (34) but after the latter was bowled by Siddarth Kaul the run-rate slowed and they eventually limped to 198 for 9. Though his India A teammate Deepak Chahar was handed a debut in the decider, the left-arm spinner couldn't make a place for himself in the XI courtesy of the wrist-spinners India had in their line-up.
Rahul's last hundred, which also came against England, was in December 2016, in a Test match. He would be the second India player to reach the milestone after Virat Kohli and fifth overall. We could have defended 150 because the wicket was different from last match as pacers' bowls were not coming onto the bat easily. The kind that took one back to the era of India's magical spin quartet and that of the modern master Shane Warne - luring the batsman to doom.
Australia won the toss and opted to bowl first, with Pakistan getting off to a blistering start to race to 70 for 1 off just 7.5 overs.
In the bowling department, unlike first match, Bowlers failed to impress.
Talking further about the improvements in his batting that have seen him become one of the most dependable batsmen in the Indian line-up, Rahul said, "Before this I didn't play too many global runs due to whatever reasons, injuries or I have been in the team and not played in the XI". Capitalising on starts like is something we have to learn from. Bristol is a small ground, so expect some big hits. Britain hit the correct territories and influenced us to play terrible shots.
India skipper Virat Kohli: "The comeback from the bowlers was outstanding".
Hales made sure he was his own worst critic between matches, and also got to work in the nets with England's computerised bowling simulator Merlyn. We have to get back day after. The character we showed is something we're very proud of. "There was a lot more clarity in the shots we played I thought", he added. I think it was a brutal day for the bowlers. Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya were the star for them as the visitors seamlessly owned the match in the conditions alien to them. England had a good opportunity to amass a huge total, but India fought back after the twin dismissals of the English openers.