India v England, 3rd ODI, Mohali October 20, 2011

India seal series in stiff run-chase


India 300 for 5 (Rahane 91) beat England 298 for 4 (Trott 98*, Patel 70*) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

MS Dhoni was India's matchwinner once again, as he marshalled an asking-rate approaching ten an over to seal an unassailable 3-0 series lead in the third ODI at Mohali. With Ravindra Jadeja alongside him, he clubbed Tim Bresnan for consecutive boundaries in the final over of the match to finish unbeaten on 35 from 31 balls, as England's best total of the series - 298 for 4 - proved insufficient to keep the series alive.

It was a sloppy fielding display from England in a match they could and should have won. Their own total had been built on another sheet-anchor performance from Jonathan Trott, who finished unbeaten on 98 from 116 balls, but the point-of-difference innings had been played by Samit Patel, whose career-best 70 from 43 balls enabled England to add 91 runs in their final ten overs. Given the history of chasing at Mohali - only five teams had previously managed it in 19 matches at the venue - their route back into the series was awaiting them.

Instead, they produced a listless defence, with Ajinkya Rahane cruising along to 91 from 104 balls in a second-wicket stand of 111 with Gautam Gambhir. They managed just one wicket in the first 34 overs - a marginal lbw against Parthiv Patel, which broke an opening partnership of 79 - and though they rallied well to claim four wickets in an eight-over spell of dominance, their failure to take their chances cost them dear in the closing stages.

The most culpable man was the wicketkeeper, Craig Kieswetter, who missed an early chance to remove Gambhir on 17, before dropping Virat Kohli off a Jade Dernbach bouncer at a crucial juncture. Kohli had been struggling to impose himself and should have gone for 4 from 12 balls, only for Kieswetter to spill the catch as his elbows hit the turf. Worse was to follow, however, when he trod on the stumps while attempting to run out Jadeja with 12 balls of the match remaining, and 17 runs still needed.

That final error unsettled the under-pressure bowler Dernbach, who had earlier shown his frustration when Tim Bresnan let a four fly through his legs at backward point. He finished his spell with a wide and a no-ball beamer in an over that went for 10 runs, moments after Steven Finn - who had bowled superbly to concede 31 runs from his first nine overs - had been battered for 13 runs in his tenth.

Regardless of England's shortcomings, it was another hugely impressive display from India's batsmen, with Rahane setting the game up superbly with the second half-century of his fledgling career. He picked off six fours in his innings - mostly through deft steers behind square - but the most telling feature of his innings was the ease with which he and Gambhir rotated the strike in the fallow middle overs. England were powerless to react as the gaps in their field were pinched at will, and it wasn't until a rare misjudgement from Gambhir led to an impressive one-handed catch from Kevin Pietersen at cover that they found a foothold in the game.

That wicket was due reward for another probing and pacey spell from Finn, and he doubled his tally three overs later when Rahane's quest for a maiden hundred ended in a leading edge to Alastair Cook at mid-off. Suresh Raina then drilled Bresnan to cover for a third-ball duck to tilt the balance of power firmly in England's direction, and when Kohli was trapped lbw by a sharp turner from Graeme Swann, India had slumped to 235 for 5 with nine overs remaining, and that target of 299 suddenly seemed a long way off. In the end though, Dhoni and Jadeja picked it off with aplomb.

England owed their shot at victory to another solipsistic performance from Trott, whose tempo is immoveable regardless of the format of the game. This was his first significant innings since being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year, and it was a reprisal of the role he had played at the World Cup in March. He picked off eight boundaries after coming to the crease in the fourth over of the innings following the loss of Cook for 3, and was denied his fourth ODI hundred by a sharp piece of fielding at short fine leg, when he paddle-swept the penultimate ball of the innings for a single. Though he missed out on his milestone, the net gain was England's, as Samit Patel blazed Vinay Kumar's final ball of the innings into the long-on stands for six.

The debate will rage about Trott's approach to one-day cricket, but seeing as England collapsed in a heap in the first two matches, the backbone he provided to this performance was self-evident. Both of his major partners - Pietersen, who made 64 from 61 balls, and Patel - thrived on the right to go for their strokes, with Patel instrumental in belting 43 runs from the final 24 deliveries of England's innings. With his place under threat after two inconsequential displays in the early part of the series, this was a timely reminder of his combative qualities, as he was pushed up to No. 6 ahead of Jonny Bairstow.

Pietersen, meanwhile, produced his best one-day innings for many a month. He and Trott came together with England wobbling on 53 for 2, but the pair soon settled into a comfortable accumulative rhythm. Pietersen glanced his second ball through fine leg for four, and later launched a calculated assault on the swing of Praveen Kumar, who was bludgeoned for four fours in consecutive overs. He had a familiar aberration when the left-arm spin of Jadeja entered the attack, and would have run his partner out for 32 had the shy from midwicket been anywhere near Dhoni's gloves. As it transpired, however, it was England's own failure to run out Jadeja later in the game that would prove to be the decisive error.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    The best Test Team in the world should beat or survive away series at any cost - without excuses like injuries, burn out etc. In past few away series India had outdone Australia, New Zeeland, West Indies & England(last series) & managed to draw South Africa for the first time. Now England's Numero Uno status will become undisputed only when they win Test series in India next year. Before that Pakistan will be waiting for the "Rank 1" English team with some quality spin in January.

    Ricky Ponting will never be great a Captain in the eyes of Indian fans because he never won a Test match in India leave his behaviour at the infamous Sydney Test neither will be Steve Waugh who lost his "Final Frontier"

  • Balaji on October 23, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    When the series began, England was my favourite to win. They had brought quite a good team and India had picked a bowling attack short on experience . Though I am an Indian fan, I am surprised at the defeats. Sure England had their chances but they failed to take them, and that matters. I think the problem for England is their ambivalence to the game, and also the fact that in the sub-continent, they seem to be out of their comfort zone.Also their methods are pretty outdated. Over the years, the 50 over game has acquired a dynamic of its own and England seem not to have picked up on it. They are playing a game which would have made them champions 10 years ago. They are poor in rotating the strike. This is strange for England which 1st came up with this short version of the game. This is where Australia are better. They give priority both to Test cricket and they play good LOI cricket. England, notwithstanding T20 World Cup are an ordinary LOI team with outdated gameplans and methods.

  • Bhran on October 23, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    @JG2704: Really world cup is not a pinnacle for urs ??? then y england is playing ODIs., then wats England's Pinnacle ?? football hu LOL .,., as u said Time will tell , how long England remain at number 1 , lets see after the Srilanka and pakistan test series. Guys england is good in test we agree that and its only in home ., dont talk abt ashes against depleted Australia - main players just before the series retired .,accept the defeat and may be after pak and Srilanka series u guys lose interest in test too.,

  • Vikram on October 23, 2011, 12:19 GMT

    Fair enough mister let's see , I have to accept English team will be the bestvisiting test team to India in recent times

  • John on October 23, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    @dicky_boy - We're talking more decades than years ago when India won the WC in England and the English see Test matches as the real yardstick of cricket and therefore world cups are not the pinnacle for us. Time will tell , how long England remain at number 1 but right now they are number 1 and it is only your opinion that they'll lose that ranking quickly.

  • Vikram on October 23, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    Well said full blooded wallop very sensible comments respect mate!

  • Nitin on October 23, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Lots of insensible comments from both sides. People even claiming no side is no-1. Seriously ? ICC is not a fool to develop a ranking system, then according to you people, the teams with lower no of wins and lower points should top the table,yeah? Truth is that India were no-1 because they were better than all the other sides, and now england is no-1 due to the same reason. People say, these two teams are home-tigers, get a life people! India has performed badly only in 1 series in recent times and same goes with england, moreover england is yet to be tested this season in tests in pak,srilanka and india later, So, england is no-1 as of now. Period. Regarding odis, no doubt India is the better team as of now.and series against Australia will settle two debates- 1)Are India only home tigers? 2) Who is best in ODIs-India or Aussies?

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    @5wombats and all english fans. come with a win dont come with excuses. champions always come with rescue not with excuse. thats y indians r champions and england r still underdogs in worldcups

  • Vikram on October 23, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Well mr jg2704 well we won the pinnacle cup in cricket world cup in your counttry boo hoo and well u have not won the test world cup just got ranking temporarily that's all u will Lose it in India if not in UAE. BUT WE ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS FOR FOUR YEARS lol

  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    BTW, It was dhoni who threw from midwicket. It is not correctly mentioned in Commentry as well as here. Kohli was the one collecting Dhoni's bad throw.

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