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30-Aug-2014 16:25:00 GMT
England v India, 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge

India Scrap to Easy Win Against England

Nottingham: India beat England by six wickets at Trent Bridge to take a 2-0 lead in the one-day series on Saturday.

Chasing an average target of 228 to win, the Indians suffered just four wickets in the form of Shikhar Dhawan (16), Ajinkya Rahane (45) Virat Kohli (40) and Suresh Raina (42) on their way to victory. Rayudu 64* (78b, 6x4s) hit his third fifty and his fourth-wicket 87-run stand with Raina laid the foundations of a convincing six-wicket win.

All Indian wickets were a result of loose shots. Dhawan looked good before hitting straight to point.

Rahane, who was promoted to the opening spot after Rohit Sharma's finger injury in the second ODI that ruled him out of the rest of the series, played like a man possessed until the caught-behind off Steven Finn in the 18th over, while Kohli gave signs of getting back to form before giving a simple catch to mid-on off Ben Stokes.

Kohli's wicket brought Raina to the crease and he and Rayudu played with a lot of conviction. A miss stumping late in the Indian chase was the only blemish in Rayudu's otherwise brilliant innings. Raina, however, fell against the run of play, holing out to Stokes off James Tredwell.

Thereafter Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja ensured there were no hiccups in India's march, taking the team home in 43 overs.

Earlier, England got off to a solid start though, as Alastair Cook and new ODI face Alex Hales added 82 in 18 overs.

The Indian pacers got some movement off the pitch in the initial overs but Cook and Hales took on a cautious approach, nullifying the bowlers and keeping their wickets intact. With the partnership threatening the tourists, MS Dhoni deployed last-match centurion Suresh Raina and the move paid dividends as the offspinner got rid of Hales (42) who top-edged to Dhoni while attempting a sweep.

Encouraged by his move, Dhoni brought in another part-time offie, Ambati Rayudu, and he had Cook stumped for 44. Two overs later, Ravindra Jadeja got in on the act, having Joe Root stumped for two with a ball that angled in and turned away.

England would have hoped that Eoin Morgan, arguably their best limited-overs batsman, would bail the team out but the left-hander, after scoring 10, edged R Ashwin to Dhoni behind the wickets. Ian Bell (28) and Ben Stokes (2) also failed to make any difference. The experienced Bell fell on account of a run-out while Raina dove on his right to take a splendid catch in the slips to dispatch Stokes off Ashwin.

After that for England, it was only a matter of reaching a respectable total to test India's ODI specialists. Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes added 33 for the seventh wicket to take the team closer to the 200-run mark before the latter found Mohit Sharma at deep midwicket off Mohammed Shami. Buttler batted doggedly for 42 and fell soon after England went past 200. Following a nice reverse-sweep four, the wicketkeeper-batsman got cleaned up while attempting to hit Ashwin out of the park.

James Tredwell (30 off 18 balls) hit a few big shots in the last over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar to finish the innings on some positive note. The over yielded 18 runs and Tredwell and Steven Finn's wickets. Ashwin, with figures of 3 for 39, ended India's best bowler.

Earlier, India have won the toss and have opted to field.

England have made one change -- Steven Finn comes back for Chris Jordan.

Ambati Rayudu in for Rohit Sharma in India squad.


England: Alastair Cook (Capt.), Alex Hales, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, James Anderson

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (Capt. & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma

Brief scores
England -
227 (Cook 44, Ashwin 3-39)
India - 228/4 (Rayudu 64*, Rahane 45)
Result - India won by 6 wickets
MOM -  R Ashwin (India)

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