India crush dispirited England

Sun, 23 Oct 17:15:00 2011

India clinched a fourth successive victory over a ragged England with a convincing six-wicket win in their one-day international at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Suresh Raina Virat Kohli Scott Borthwick India England - 0

England again elected to bat first but could only muster a paltry 220 all out, squandering 3.5 overs of their innings in the process.

India coasted to their target with fully 9.5 overs to spare as the hosts powered on from 46 for three to 223 for four with Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina scoring 86 and 80, respectively.

It was yet another chastening defeat for a beleaguered England with India requiring just one further victory in the fifth match in Kolkata on Tuesday to secure a series whitewash.

The tourists, who chose to rest their own world number one bowler Graeme Swann despite predictions of a spinners' pitch, lost five wickets for 79 runs in 20 overs off R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as they failed to get any kind of foothold in the match.

England first hit trouble when both openers fell to successive balls with the score on 39. But Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott appeared to put their side in acceptable shape at 112 for two in the 22nd over, only for collective frailties to be exposed.

Tim Bresnan top-scored with 45 at number eight to help his team marginally over-achieve from 145 for six, but was last out to debutant pace bowler Varun Aaron, who ended with figures of three for 24.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned early to Ashwin's off-spin, in place of Vinay. The switch did not appear to be working, as Kieswetter took 15 from the first five balls - including a huge six over wide long-on. But Cook pushed forward and missed the sixth, and was trapped lbw.

England had to start again when Kieswetter also went lbw to the next ball, one from Praveen which kept low from a good length and hit the pad under the knee roll bang on off-stump.

The third-wicket pair of Pietersen and Trott were still progressing encouragingly until Trott was bowled off his back pad by one that nipped into him from Vinay.

Then came the hammer blow to England's prospects when Pietersen slog-swept Ashwin but hit the ball just too near to substitute Manoj Tiwary - one of India's best fielders strategically-placed on the midwicket boundary, where he held a stunning diving catch.

Two more key wickets fell for the addition of only two runs, as Jadeja got his left-arm spin to grip ominously. Ravi Bopara missed a sweep and was lbw; then in Jadeja's next over, Jonny Bairstow was bowled on the front-foot defence by another one that turned sharply.

Bresnan did his considerable best until Aaron produced a high-class and high-speed spell to see off the tail.

The batting powerplay had already become a near irrelevance, in which England also lost Samit Patel - another who failed to clear with a slog-sweep at Ashwin (three for 38) - and when Aaron bowled Bresnan with a beauty, almost four overs were left unused.

India's reply began in relatively subdued fashion as Ajinkya Rahane and Parthiv Patel both made fairly sluggish starts, and the latter was bowled by the excellent Steven Finn for just eight.

England began very tidily with Bresnan and Finn applying pressure with the two new balls and, when Gautam Gambhir was removed for just one by the Middlesex paceman, India found themselves 21 for two.

Rahane fell to debutant Stuart Meaker - who bowled nine overs to finish with figures of one for 45 - for a pretty tepid 20 off 37 balls, and England were in a strong position with just 46 on the board.

But a masterful partnership from Kohli and Raina effectively took the game away from the tourists with a meagre required run-rate proving little challenge for the pair.

Eventually, after the duo had shared a stand of 131, Raina was bowled by a very fired up Finn - whose reaction to the dismissal looks likely to land him in trouble with the match referee - for an excellent 80.

But Kohli was left unbeaten on 86 as India closed out the match alongside his skipper Dhoni - who had 15 on the board - as the hosts clinched a fourth successive victory and England were left to bemoan what proved to be a pretty pitiful effort with the bat.

Dan Quarrell - follow on Twitter @danquarrell / Eurosport

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