Rejuvenated India Bounce Back after an English Demolition
Finally after three weeks, India managed to get the better of England in the tour as the visitors crashed their opponents by 133 runs through Duckworth-Lewis method. Chasing a revised target of 295 in 47 overs, India bundled out the hosts for 161 in 38.1 overs. Three overs reduced from the Englands innings as a result of rain interuption during the innings break. With this win, India begin their build up for the World Cup in the best possible way.
England got off to a decent start as skipper Alastair Cook played the anchor role to debutant Alex Hales who went after the bowlers in the initial overs. After the duo put on a fifty partnership in first ten overs, Cook got struck in front of the stumps to Mohammad Shami. Three balls later, Shami accounted for Ian Bell who shouldered arms to a delivery that nipped back and hit the stumps.
It is when India applied brakes on England’s run rate. Bhuvneshwar Kumar castled Joe Root for 4 and that completely dented England’s momentum. Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales found it difficult to keep the score card ticking and the Indian bowlers capitalized on it and bowled a tight line, making the job tougher for England. Ravindra Jadeja came intothe attack and got rewarded almost immediately. He removed Alex Hales in his very frst over as Hales tried to sweep him over deep square leg and ended up top edging to Ashwin at short fine leg.
Two overs later, Jadeja accounted for Jos Buttler who gave a simplest of catches to Virat Kohli at covers. By then, England were all but out of the contest. Their only hope Eoin Morgan too didn’t last long as he swept Ashwin and found Shami at deep square leg. Jadeja came and claimed his third when Ben Stokes holed out to Ajinkya Rahane at deep mid wicket before Raina had Chris Jordon plumb in front. Jadeja accounted for his fourth when he had Chris Woakes stumped by his skipper before Ashwin finished off things getting James Tredwell. Jadeja finished with a figures of 4-20.
Earlier in the day, after asked to bat first, Suresh Raina ensured that India cashed in on the repair works provided by Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane after the early wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. Raina notched up his fourth ODI hundred and put on a matchwinning fifth wicket partnership of 144 runs alongside MS Dhoni. Dhoni went past his 55th 50 and Rohit got to his 24th as India ended their innings on 304/7 in 50 overs. Chris Woakes was the pick of the bowlers with a figure of 4-52 in his ten overs. Suresh Raina was awarded the Man of the Match for his match winning knock. The third ODI takes place on August 30 at Nottingham.
Brief Scores: India 304/7 (Raina 102, Dhoni 52, Rohit 52, Woakes 4-52) beat England 161 (Hales 40, Jadeja 4-20, Shami 2-32) by 133 runs.
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