England vs India-3rd ODI: Match Report

Posted: September 10, 2011 in Sports
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Match Result: England Beat India by 3 Wickets 
England Leads Series 2-0

 Match Report:

         India’s search for their first win during their tour of England continues after they went down by three wickets via the Duckworth/Lewis method in the third ODI at The Oval on Friday.

The visitors, who lost the four Tests, one-off T20 and the second ODI, recovered from a shocking start to post 234 for seven in their 50 overs, but a rain break midway through second innings meant England’s target was reduced to 218 in 43 overs. Alastair Cook’s men had no problems and got there in 41.5 overs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

Cook and Craig Kieswetter made sure there was no repeat of the disastrous start from earlier in the day and gave the hosts a solid platform. The visitors had to wait until the 10th over to finally get in the wickets column as Cook played around a straight one from first-change bowler Munaf Patel.

Kieswetter continued his onslaught and reached his half-century off 41 balls. However, the momentum swung the other way with the introduction of the spinners. After a couple of excellent lbw shouts, Ravindra Jadeja (two for 42) bowled Kieswetter for 51 and Ravichandran Ashwin (three for 40) removed Jonathan Trott in similar fashion.

The rain though started to fall with the hosts on 95 for three and when the players returned, England’s target was revised.

New pair Ian Bell and Ben Stokes looked fluent after the break until a brilliant piece of work from Mahendra Singh Dhoni accounted for Bell’s wicket. Bell took a few steps down the track after the ball rolled away to the leg-side off but the India captain whipped his gloves off and hit the stumps. The decision was sent upstairs and the batsman was short of his ground. Stokes showed some inexperienced and was bowled by Ashwin after going right across his stumps.

Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan adopted a sensible approach and added 60 runs in 67 balls, but both perished as England closed in on victory, the latter was bowled by Jadeja while a lovely flighted delivery from Ashwin accounted for Bopara’s wicket.

By then it was too late for India as Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann added 10 runs in six balls to see the hosts over the finish line.

Earlier, Dhoni and Jadeja stood between a poor score and a decent one as their century stand rescued India.

Stuck in to bat first under cloudy skies and conditions rife with swing and seam, the tourists slumped to 58 for five inside 19 overs before their captain and his sidekick held their own.

With James Anderson’s early damage – three wickets and a run-out – and Broad’s removal of the dangerous Suresh Raina (21) to shrug off, the duo fixed their focus to the rescue act with cool, calm and collection.

The 22-year-old Jadeja, last week called up as a replacement for the injured Gautam Gambhir, only arrived in the country on Thursday after visa troubles. Shedding some early nerves in the face of Anderson and company’s attacking approach, the left-hander sported keen poise and composure to move to the fourth half-ton of his burgeoning ODI career.

Meanwhile, the right-handed Dhoni, whose Test series was riddled with rearguard knocks after the top through middle order had failed, again dug deep. The skipper curbed his natural instinct for a relatively docile knock by his standards. When the batting Powerplay was on the go and the slog was on, though, Dhoni was eager to cash in. He tried to go big but failed, instead holing out to mid-off for 69 off 103 balls.

Jadeja would not be thrown off by the loss of his senior partner and the end of their 112-run stand. Instead, he took everything a frustrated England attack threw at him – including three very average overs that brought all of 44 runs to end the Powerplay.

The industrious half-centurion surpassed his previous highest ODI score – 61 not out against Zimbabwe last year – and along with an equally agricultural Ravichandran Ashwin cranked out 50-run stand off half as many deliveries.

The confidence of the hosts, by this stage, was relatively shot. With their hopes of skittling the opposition for something under 150 shot, the death bowlers endured a host of hacks over the top, dinks through the leg-side and heaves across the off-side. Jadeja opted through the off-side almost entirely in ending on 78, while Ashwin – for his unbeaten 36 – found it easy going to the on-side.

Right-armer Anderson, his initial figures blunted by Ashwin and Jadeja’s savagery, ended with three for 48. Broad, Tim Bresnan and Jade Dernbach were made do with one scalp each.

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  1. akki says:

    India will b white-washed again
    and completely new team shud b built up….

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