England v India, 2nd ODI, Cardiff

Raina, spinners destroy England

The Report by David Hopps

August 27, 2014

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India 304 for 6 (Raina 100, Dhoni 52, Rohit 52, Woakes 4-52) beat England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Highlights: India trounce England by 133 runs in Cardiff

The Tests have departed into the folder marked "Red Ball Disasters"; India's intention is now to stage a party to help them forget what has gone before. One game into the Royal London ODI series, the outlook has been transformed. They look empowered again.

Suresh Raina, ignored for the Test series, had the undamaged mindset to fill the role of party compere as he played with an exuberance rarely seen from India during their mauling in the Test series, proceeding with a cheerful vigour to make 100 from 75 balls, his first ODI century for four years.

England's response was dire, resulting in their second-heaviest defeat against India, in terms of runs. They can console themselves that people tend to lose interest when games are decided by Duckworth-Lewis calculations, but a passing stranger wandering down the banks of the Taff and armed only with an abacus could have concluded that this was a trouncing.

India have happy memories of Cardiff: they have made 300-plus here three times, the only side to do so, and beat South Africa and Sri Lanka here during their Champions Trophy success last summer. England did not get a look in as Ravindra Jadeja, whose left-arm spin has repeatedly tormented them in the limited-overs game, just needed to turn in a routine shift to yield 4 for 28. At the end, Ravi Shastri, imposed for the series as emergency team director, applauded seriously and shook hands with men in suits.

With ODIs predominating in the months ahead, England have a much-anticipated chance to develop a new brand of one-day cricket. On this evidence, they should call it "Careworn". Faced by a slightly rejigged target of 295 in 47 overs, they survived the new ball convincingly enough - 54 on the board by the 11th over - but then five wickets tumbled for 31 in 12 overs as all their old doubts resurfaced.

Cook fined for slow over-rate

  • Alastair Cook has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee, and the rest of the England team 10 per cent theirs, for maintaining a slow over-rate during the second ODI against India in Cardiff on Wednesday.
  • Match referee Ranjan Madugalle fined the players after England were ruled to have been one over short of their over-rate target, having taken time allowances into consideration. According to the ICC Code of Conduct, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fee for every over they fall short of, and the captain twice that amount.
  • Cook will receive a one-match suspension if he is found guilty of one more minor over-rate offence over the next 12 months. England accepted the match referee's penalty without contest so there was no need for a hearing.

Alastair Cook cobbled together some sort of form during the Test series to protect his captaincy but that is a long way removed from discovering the dash needed in the one-day game. He played in Alex Hales' shadow, making 19 in 33 balls, before he fell lbw to Mohammed Shami, manufacturing a leg-side shot. Ian Bell's leave alone saw him bowled second ball later in the over. No immediate retort then from the top-order players who Graeme Swann, a former team-mate has said will leave England's World Cup challenge stillborn.

Batting under the lights looked a more onerous proposition than when Raina sallied forth earlier in the day, particularly when Bhuvneshwar Kumar brought one back to bowl Joe Root, but it was England's deficiencies against spin bowling in mid-innings that were most galling for them as a deteriorating position left them unwilling to hit through the infield.

Hales had unfurled some flowing off-side drives - his trademark - during a debut innings of 40, but a top-edged sweep against Jadeja silenced him. Jadeja's extra bounce also fooled Jos Buttler into poking a furtive catch into the off side. With light drizzle in the air, Eoin Morgan's stretching sweep at R Ashwin lobbed to deep square leg.

For England, the collapse could hardly have been more disheartening. Up on a rain-spattered balcony, the coach Peter Moores checked his notes and Cook checked his fingernails. Neither offered a solution. At least Ben Stokes, whose average of 1.8 in his last 10 England innings was barely credible, could find a score of 23 faintly consoling. And James Tredwell hit his first ODI six - off Jadeja, too. Driftwood in a sea of despond.

There were also troubles for England with the ball. Chris Jordan delivered 12 wides in a return of 0 for 73, five of them in a single Powerplay over, as a lack of rhythm that had been apparent during the Test series turned into something more ghoulish in the 50-over format. Jordan, shaking his head and perspiring heavily, looked perplexed. It was another bad moment on that England balcony as David Saker, the bowling coach, scratched his teeth in concern.

But it was Raina, carefree even by his standards, who smash-and-grabbed the match for India. This was his first ODI hundred for 95 innings, stretching back to a tri-nation tournament in Bangladesh, when he made 106 against Sri Lanka in Dhaka in 2010. England's quartet of right-arm pace bowlers offered an unvaried challenge, although the offspinner Tredwell had a rewarding outing considering his difficult season during which he was loaned out by Kent to Sussex.

He was dismissed the ball after he had reached his century, making room to flay Chris Woakes through the off side but picking out James Anderson on the cover boundary. Woakes, despite conceding 20 from one over as Raina took charge, somehow returned 4 for 52.

Raina, unsurprisingly considering his lack of cricket, had a few streaky moments early on. Early boundaries included an unattractive leg-side swipe at Tredwell and an uncertain edge against Anderson, and he was fortunate to escape Tredwell's lbw appeal on 17 but, as the floodlights cut through a murky South Wales day, he became electrified.

England conceded 62 in the Powerplay between 35 and 40 overs - 42 of them in 16 balls to Raina. He withdrew his front leg to loft Woakes straight for six and then top-edge over the ropes to assert that his luck was in.

For Virat Kohli, though, there was no release from a miserable summer. After an unproductive Test series, in which he made only 134 runs at 13.40, the opportunity beckoned for Kohli to reassert himself in the one-day series, but he fell third ball for nought as he tried to come down the pitch to crash Woakes over the off side and plopped the ball into the hands of Cook at mid-off.

India began nervously. It took only two deliveries for them to be reminded of their deficiencies in the Test series as Anderson curved an outswinger past Rohit Sharma's outside edge. Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan twice survived after running mix-ups; Woakes had Dhawan caught at the wicket. But Rohit found an ally in Ajinkya Rahane in a third-wicket stand of 91 in 16 as England's back-up seamers failed to maintain the pressure on the sort of dibbly-dobbly day that would have made Ravi Bopara, a controversial omission from England's squad, a useful man to have around.

Rahane carelessly allowed himself to be stumped off Tredwell, who then added Rohit to the sort of inside-out swing which had proved his downfall against Moeen Ali at the Ageas Bowl, his sole Test appearance. At 132 for 4 with barely 20 overs left, there was much work to be done and Raina did it. For once, a one-day half-century from MS Dhoni, ended by Woakes' slower ball, was entirely overshadowed.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by JG2704 on (August 30, 2014, 8:53 GMT)

@thozar on (August 30, 2014, 3:21 GMT) The problems are for India - as far as I see it - that it doesn't take too much to get their morale down , hence my comms re their reaction to Jimmy not being banned if that's what got them down. The 2007 test victory in Perth was decent but 2 very different sides and I'd say India were tougher back then.More recent evidence is in 2011/12 tour in Australia. And yes I agree that Kohli has it in him to become a superstar in tests as well as SFs - he was the one ray of light last time you toured Aus. As for CP - I'll let him fight his own battles on here from now on but I've always found his views to be fair and yes he may criticise India but then I've seen him criticise (constructively) every country and probably none more than his own

Posted by thozar on (August 30, 2014, 3:21 GMT)

@JG2704, I have read some of your comments and I think you misunderstood. I already gave credit to some England fans for admitting defeat gracefully. You are one of them. Sorry I should have been explicit. I was only talking about some Oz fans who never admit defeat. I dont know this Chris_P. Every comment of his always criticize Indian cricket. Even now he says Kohli is the most talented batsman we have when the fact is Kohli is the most talented batsman in the world. He is only 25. He will end up with some records which no one can beat. Like Sachin. Just because he is going through a bad patch does not mean it will continue like that. I think he will show his real worth very soon.

You talk about fighting mentality. We showed plenty of that in the 2007 series against Oz by bouncing back to win in Perth where no other team wins. This series was a combination of out of form batsmen and low morale. You will see a much improved performance in Oz.

Posted by Chris_P on (August 29, 2014, 21:49 GMT)

@anshu.s . I think you may have misunderstood what I stated. It was stated that test cricket is a dying art. I responded saying that was not the case in Australia & gave examples to back that up. Then the response was that is was entirely due to Australia winning. When I again offered examples of that not being the case with examples, I am the one pointed out as not knowing?, I get peeved with ill informed comments written by people who don't have grasp of the game. Having been & lived in India for a short period of time, I well know the passion of the locals ( I was there in 2001!). I really enjoy cricket as a game (all sports for that matter but especially cricket) & appreciate quality play. I think, for example, the scorn poured on Khoili is unjustified as he is, IMHO, the most talented batsman you have, but he appears to be the victim of the SF overload some players are getting hit with.

Posted by JG2704 on (August 29, 2014, 20:50 GMT)

@Thozar - Re Chris_P - From my years on here I have found him to be fair with his criticisms and doesn't get carried away when Aus are on top and is as critical (if not more so) of his own side when he sees issues as he is with any other side. I'd also say that certain fans from all countries have trouble in conceding defeat. Things like "Having The Rub Of The Green" , "DRS favouring the opposition" , "We would have won if..." you get the idea. I've not read anything like this from this poster Re

"it is tradition for some people to watch test cricket. does not mean they are interested"

Ashes tickets don't come cheap. I'm sure the people wouldn't attend just because of tradition

Please publish

Posted by JG2704 on (August 29, 2014, 20:49 GMT)

@thozar on (August 29, 2014, 17:04 GMT) You mention the Jimmy Anderson/Jadeja incident and yet - unless you were in the corridor at the time - you know no more than the rest of us. It's the word of some Indian players against the word of some England players and neither party is likely to be impartial. But ok , let's just say for argument's sake that Jimmy was guilty of an unprovoked attack on the squeaky clean Jadeja and got away without a ban etc - well that could also make a team more fiercely determined to conquer the opposition and put it right on the field. If a group of players is demoralised about Jimmy not being banned for an off field issue then it doesn't show a great fighting mentality does it? Re Eng in Australia - it was really poor all round. We can all pick different players in our heads and say they'd have made a difference but the reality is that we were beaten both skillwise and mentally

Posted by thozar on (August 29, 2014, 17:04 GMT)

@JG2704, "You could well be right and bearing in mind the score was 1-1 with all to play for are you happy with your side about that?" look at the circumstances. India were demoralized after the verdict in favor of Anderson in the push-gate episode. And I don't blame them. Wouldn't you be? Let me remind you that Eng slumped to sub-200 scores several times in the last Ashes. If they had one in-form player who could give them a morale boost they may have performed better. Oz would have still won but they would not have thrashed you.

@Jose Puliampatta, why are you talking about really old records? 1952? How many people remember Truman or Pankaj Roy? India was not the same team like they are now. We are the world champions. Since the last 30 years, how many times have you seen India slide to such a poor score for several innings in a row?

Posted by bobmartin on (August 29, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

It seems the ICC has yet again introduced something which has not been clearly thought through... I refer to the ban on ODI captains for their teams failure to bowl their overs in the allotted time.. Cook is now under threat of suspension if England commit a second offence in the next 12 months... Given that England have a reported 14 further ODIs in the next 12 months... Cook has a 1 in 14 chance of picking up a ban... If something similar were to happen to a team who might have only 8 games in the next 12 months... then the chances are reduced to 1 in 8... It would appear to be a lot fairer if the "probation" period was a number of matches.. rather than months..

Posted by anshu.s on (August 29, 2014, 8:32 GMT)

As per regarding test cricket dying in India it is an exaggeration to say the least, when a major nation like Australia,Eng,SA especially Pakistan arrive there are huge numbers who come to watch test cricket , we Indians are huge TV watchers so if you check the Television ratings of any India test series it will be on par if not more than Eng or Aus.Funny things that some of us who are labelled short form lovers end up watching more test cricket on TV than some purists.Ranji trophy in India two decades back used to attract bumper crowds but that was before the TV boom happened in India, now people view Ranji teams just as mere feeders to Indian national team and nothing more,BTW European football leagues are huge in Metro cities and threatening cricket in general forget tests or t20's.Atleast BCCI are arranging all these 5 match or 4 match test series which is lot better than some other boards,Indian fans and cricketers both want to succeed in tests especially overseas. true fact.

Posted by anshu.s on (August 29, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

@Chris_P, it is great to know that we have a grade cricketer among us in comments section who has rubbed shoulders with past and current Australian players. it is not about knowledge of the game,technical know how, intricacies and subtleties of the game that was in question, what i objected to was the disdain you and some of your fellow Aussie posters have for those who don't support your view of the primacy of test cricket, tone is dismissive and indicating that some of us are unrefined ignorants who fail to grasp the essence of test cricket.

My point about Shield cricket was that NSW vs Victoria attracts low crowds while recently propped up Sydney Thunder v/s Melbourne Stars attracts as many as 30,000 to 40,000.Australian cricket team is an institution, a national team which unites the whole country unlike AFL and NRL which is club based and region/state specific, so any Australian cricket team whether tests ,ODI,T-20 will always attract huge crowds.contd

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 29, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4. IF India played in the same level in tests, it would have been 4-0. But there is no place for IFs and BUTs. So, accept the reality.

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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