Sunday, 23 October 2011

India v England, 4th ODI, Mumbai India canter to another comprehensive win

India 223 for 4 (Kohli 86*, Raina 80, Finn 3-45) beat England 220 (Bresnan 45, Trott 41, Aaron 3-24, Ashwin 3-38) by six wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details;
England's weakness against spin cost them for the third time in the series as they unravelled from a strong position to post an underwhelming total on a slow turning pitch. Their fast bowlers struck three early blows but Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina motored to a 131-run stand at close to seven an over, showcasing the difference between the sides and sparking another needless bout of words in the middle as England's frustration overflowed.
It was England's own batsmen who had let down their ragged bowlers down when they caved in against spin in the afternoon. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took 5 for 79 in 20 overs between them after Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen had built on England's quickest start of the series.
After Vinay Kumar had broken the 73-run stand between Trott and an uncharacteristically subdued Pietersen, Jadeja and Ashwin worked their way through a clueless England middle order, striking thrice in six overs. Tim Bresnan took the score past 200 with a run-a-ball 45 but England were dismissed with 23 deliveries remaining when fast bowler Varun Aaron bowled Bresnan to finish with three wickets on debut.
Disciplined pace bowling led by the impressive Steven Finn kept England in with an outside chance at the start of the chase. Kohli and Raina kept the runs coming, though, not allowing the score of 46 for 3 to tie them down in a partnership that steadily at first, and then emphatically, pushed England out of the match, making a 5-0 whitewash a very distinct possibility.

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