India v England, 4th ODI, Mumbai October 23, 2011

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 in Mumbai. 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.

Vinay Kumar broke the 73-run stand between Trott and an uncharacteristically subdued Pietersen, then Jadeja and Ashwin worked their way through a clueless England middle order, striking three times 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 ever more likely.

Finn and Bresnan had started with testing spells that kept the India openers quiet. The first five overs produced only 17 runs, leading Parthiv Patel to whip across the line and lose his stumps to Finn. Finn struck again in his next over when Gautam Gambhir inside-edged onto his stumps. His opening spell of 5-0-10-2 was followed by a sharp burst from debutant Stuart Meaker that induced Ajinkya Rahane into a poke outside off stump only for wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter to take a leaping one-handed blinder.

Scott Borthwick, the young legspinner surprisingly chosen ahead of Grame Swann, bowled with heart, but it was unfair to expect him to have the same effect that the experienced Swann could have managed. Kohli and Raina continued almost unbothered, picking off the singles easily and finding the boundaries with crisp shots. The duo's approach was in sharp contrast to England's tottering line-up.

Despite India being three down at the start of the bowling Powerplay, Raina took the chance and chipped Meaker just over mid-off for a boundary. His innings grew into a blur of scythes through extra cover and swings down the ground before Finn bowled him after a missed slog during a heated over. Raina had surged to 80 by then and with Kohli easing into elegant drives and cuts, India were runaway winners with almost ten overs remaining.

England's fate had virtually been sealed when their middle order tried to sweep and slog-sweep their way out of trouble. Pietersen was one of three batsmen to fall on the shots, though the substitute fielder Manoj Tiwary was responsible for sending him back with a diving catch after running across from deep midwicket.

Ravi Bopara missed one from Jadeja to be caught in front and Jonny Bairstow's disappointing series continued when he was bowled by a ripper that pitched on leg and turned to hit off stump. Samit Patel and Bresnan tried to salvage something from 145 for 6 but Patel slog-swept Ashwin straight to deep midwicket in another disappointing batting Powerplay for England.

Aaron, who had consistently hovered above 140kph on debut, came back to run through the lower order, hitting the stumps three times, the last of which straightened past Bresnan's outside edge to clip the top of off, with England well short of a challenging total on a turning pitch without Swann.

Things hadn't looked as gloomy for England when Pietersen and Trott accumulated solidly in a steady partnership that helped them recover after Alastair Cook and Kieswetter departed off successive deliveries. Though Pietersen went hard at deliveries and mistimed his strokes at times, Trott kept the runs flowing, cutting Jadeja three times to the deep point boundary. Trott welcomed Vinay's second spell with a cracking drive that beat the cover sweeper easily but was dismissed two deliveries later. Pietersen continued to find the field and the India spinners soon got on top decisively, yet again.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Randolph on October 26, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    LOL @5wombats and Indians clutching at straws. You may as well smash each other because it will be Oz smashing both of you in the next series! Indias rcord outside India btw is embarassing - not even close to a cricketing superpower.

  • vikram on October 25, 2011, 18:35 GMT


  • John on October 25, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    @bobmartin - By the Indian logic of being world cup winners equalling a number 1 position that cannot be overtaken until the next world cup - this means that England would be at 1 in T20 for some time regardless of any T20 results from now until then

  • John on October 25, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - everything was bad today after the 2 openers but Bell yet again did not deliver. Personally I'd say you can't have Bell , Bopara and Trott in the same OD side. Trott may be slow but his SR is still better than Bell's and re Bopara , he can give you a few overs here and there. Personally , right now the only batsmen I'd nail down for the OD/T20 sided are KP and Morgan. Same goes with the bowling. Just as we think we have found some consistent go to bowlers , they seem to go off the boil. Broad has been hit or miss throughout , Bresnan seems to have gone off the boil and Dernbach seems to have gone off the boil too. Finn has looked good in this series but I'm almost waiting for him to fall away also. In both facets of the game we seem to get players who show promise but no consistency/longevity.

  • Martin on October 25, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    @Juiceoftheapple & @JG2704 - I absolutely agree with you both. But I'd also say this; - England getting to number one status in Test was NOT a fluke. A lot of india fans want to believe that it was some kind of accident that England beat Australia 3-1 in the Ashes in Australia, some kind of accident that England drew the Test series in South Africa 1-1, some kind of accident that England whitewashed india 4-0 (india were "tired", india had injuries, pitches had "bounce", etc, etc). india have never won a Test series in either Australia or South Africa, and not recently against England either (LOL) - and yet they want to go on believing that they are "still number one" - it was unfair, it was a fluke, they were "unlucky", England were "lucky", etc, etc. Let them go on believing it - despite all the facts. Let us see what happens to india every time they get off a plane in a top cricketing country like Australia or England. Disappointment inevitably awaits.... please publish.

  • John on October 25, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    @Sada Duraivelu - Fair play . Not much to talk about re one dayers from our point of view . England - after showing promise in the ODI series and the 2 warm up matches , albeit vs poor opposition- seem to have regressed in this format. I am speaking about the test format because there are a shower of Indians jibing about England not deserving to be number 1 and that the result was a fluke , excuses excuses.

  • Simon on October 25, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    I'd like to know why so many Indian comments that are purely intended to gloat or wind up English fans rather than talk about the cricket are put on this board, and why English responses aren't listed? This year England 8-0 in England, India 4(6?) - in India. For all the variables that are endlessly quoted on these boards, this is a clear indicator of the relative merits and failings of the 2 sides. We could compare the Indian batsman getting hammered by the chin music in England, or the English batsman tied in knots by the Indian spinners now - This is cricket! not 'stats', not 'you haven't won since'...., or 'we hammered you'. 3 of England's No.1 ranked test team played in this ODI, we don't bang on endlessly about our missing players. As for India, a brilliant comeback in the ODI's, and like you with tests, we need to go back to the drawing board for asian ODI tours. As for your missing stars who are your 'first XI', are they really? Men in their 30's are not the future.

  • Richard on October 25, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    @5wombats: I did not argue on whether the test series was close in 2011, it wasn't but to say India received thrashing in ODIs too is stretching it a bit. By your logic (if any), the ODI series in India is more recent than the one in Eng so India have thrashed Eng more recently and are therefore a better team. Silly right?. The great Aussie team of 2001 came to India with 15 consecutive test wins and lost the series, even failing to take a single wicket on one entire day with a bowling lineup of Warne, Mcgrath, Gillespie and Lee in Kolkatta. It did not make them a bad team just because they lost the series, did it? India had been no.1 in tests for 2 years, that is no fluke. Comparing vice versa, India has a much better record in Eng compared to Eng's record in India, despite the recent summer included. People living in glass houses shouldn't throw stones at others' houses, its a saying in India by the way. You get the drift, don't you?

  • Bob on October 25, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    @IndiaPunjab and dicky_boy... Sorry to rain on your parade, but these are the FACTS.. The world cup lasts just 6 weeks. India played 9 matches, all but one of which was at home. They played against only 7 of the test playing nations, losing 1 and tying one. You are the world cup holders, nothing more . All that means is that you came out top of the pile in a very limited competition over a very short period of time. On the other hand, Australia are, and have been, top of the ICC ODI rankings for the vast majority of the last 5 years having played against ALL the test playing nations both home and away. India have never been top during that time. That makes Australia by far and away the best ODI team in the world. Call yourselves what you want, but the facts speak for themselves I'm afraid.

  • John on October 25, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    @JG2704, re Ian Bell, he was an underachiever in the test arena for some time but has blossomed into what would be a very good #3 if he could get a game there. Trott obviously hasn't done anything to lose the test #3 spot but, given that they batted Bell at 3 and Trott at 4 for Warks, it's something to consider. A lot of Bell's previous ordinary showings in ODIs have been before he matured as a test player or playing down the order, to which he is not suited. Given some time to get get used to batting in one spot, I really think Bell could be a very effective opener. The Kieswetter experiment has not been a resounding success and I think CK could have a more significant overall impact coming in at 5. I could be wrong, although it's never happened before ;-)

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