After losing to Australia in the first ODI, India were put on the back foot straight away by England in the third ODI of the series at Brisbane. Steven Finn’s career best figures of 5-33 and James Anderson’s 4-18 helped the Poms bundle out India for just 153 on the board.
Choosing to bat after winning the toss, India lost their opener Shikhar Dhawan early yet again as fellow opener Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu did the repair works and saw off the early threat. Rahane replaced Rohit Sharma, the centurion from the last ODI who misses out due to a hamstring scare.
The duo put on 56 runs for the second wicket before Rahane lost his wicket against the run of play courtesy a loose pull shot that landed straight to James Taylor at mid-on for 33. Virat Kohli too didn’t last long as he got out for 4 in the way he was dismissed in the second Test against Australia at the same venue. Raina and Rayudu followed soon and reduced the World Champions for 67-5 at the end of 19 overs. Raina was stumped off Moeen Ali for 1 before Rayudu was caught behind off Finn.
MS Dhoni and Stuart Binny scored some crucial runs in the middle overs as their 70 run partnership helped India to a respectable score. Batting power play proved to be the turning point as India lost the wickets of MS Dhoni, Akshar Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for just 8 runs in those five overs.
India were bundled out for 153 in the next three balls. Stuart Binny scored 44 and MS Dhoni made 34 in India’s total.
In reply, England were batting on 25-1 in 3 overs as the Lunch was delayed by 24 minutes. Moeen Ali was dismissed caught by Virat Kohli off Stuart Binny for 8.