India need to get England out for 199 runs to book a place in the Finals of the Carlton-Mid Tri-Series. Even a tie (England scoring 200) will take England to the Finals.
India’s batting woes were expressed once again in a do-or-die clash against England at the WACA, Perth. India were bundled out for 200 in 48.2 overs, after they were going strong at 103-2 at the end of 28 overs. A quick-fire 18 ball 25 from Shami took India to a decent total after a middle order collapse led by Steven Finn and Moeen Ali put India on the back-foot which followed the initial good work done by Ajinkya Rahane and struggling Dhawan.
Shikhar Dhawan managed to get some valuable runs after getting out to 1, 2 and 8 in the first three matches of the series. Dhawan, along with Rahane started off the innings on a cautious note as they negated the earlier threat by batting throughout the first ten overs. The openers put on 83 for the first wicket before Dhawan was dismissed caught behind for 38. Surprisingly, Virat Kohli was sent in at number 3 just to last for 19 balls for his 8. It triggered a middle order collapse for India as Suresh Raina once again got out to Moeen Ali for 7 caught by Woakes while trying to play an inside-out shot. Rayudu, once again fell prey to the similar fashion he got out at Brisbane trying to cut the ball and ended up caught behind the wickets for 12.
Rahane, too fell in the next over caught behind by Jos Buttler off Steven Finn for 101 ball 73. India’s hopes of scoring over 220 was dashed when India lost the wickets of Stuart Binny, skipper MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Akshar Patel in quick succession. India managed to reach the 200 mark courtesy Mohammad Shami who scored 25 towards the end. Finn was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-36 in 10 overs.