• Wednesday, September 17, 2014

India outplay England

Reuters, London

India's Shikhar Dhawan smashed a six to seal a crushing nine-wicket victory over hapless England in the fourth one-day international in Birmingham on Tuesday.

The touring side cruised to a win that gave them an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series after another feeble England batting display in which the hosts were bowled out for a paltry 206 at Edgbaston.

India's Mohammed Shami took three for 28 and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets each, with Moeen Ali's fluent 67 the only positive for England.

The Indian batsmen made light work of their chase with Ajinkya Rahane (106) and Dhawan sharing a 183-rin opening partnership and the latter smashed the last ball over the ropes to reach the target with more than 19 overs remaining.

India won the toss and England struggled from the start, the top three back in the pavilion with just 23 runs on the scoreboard.

Kumar removed openers Alex Hales and Alastair Cook in the fifth over and Gary Ballance, who replaced the injured Ian Bell who fractured a toe in the nets, got a leading edge.

Joe Root (44) and Eoin Morgan (32) patiently rebuilt with a fourth-wicket stand of 80 before both fell to spin, Morgan turning Jadeja to leg-slip and Root playing a reverse sweep straight to Dhawal Kulkarni at backward square off Suresh Raina.

Jos Buttler fell lbw to Shami, Chris Woakes was run out by a brilliant low throw from Raina and only some big blows from Moeen took England up towards 200, the all-rounder hitting four fours and three sixes before he was bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin.

SCORES IN BRIEF
ENGLAND: 206 all out in 49.3 overs (Root 44, Morgan 32, Moeen 67, Woakes 10; Kumar 2-14, Shami 3-28, Jadeja 2-40)
INDIA: 212 for 1 in 30.3 overs (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97 not out; Gurney 1-51)
Result: India won by nine wickets and lead five-match series 3-0.
Player-of-the-match: Ajinkya Rahane.

Published: 12:00 am Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Last modified: 5:48 am Wednesday, September 03, 2014

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