Match report | England vs India 2014 - Ambati Rayudu leads India to comfortable six-wicket win |

Rayudu leads India to comfortable six-wicket win

30 Aug 2014, 2155 hrs IST,  ,  
Rayudu leads India to comfortable six-wicket win
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Ambati Rayudu hit his third ODI fifty.
India further strengthened their limited-overs credentials as they beat England in the third ODI at Trent Bridge on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the five-game series. Chasing an average target of 228 to win, the Indians suffered just four blows in the form of Shikhar Dhawan (16), Ajinkya Rahane (45) Virat Kohli (40) and last-match centurion Suresh Raina (42) on their way to victory. Ambati Rayudu (64* off 78 balls, 6x4s) hit his third fifty and his fourth-wicket 87-run stand with Raina laid the foundations of a convincing six-wicket win.

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All Indian wickets were a result of loose shots. Dhawan looked good before hitting straight to point off Chris Woakes; Rahane , who was promoted to the opening spot after Rohit Sharma's finger injury in the second ODI that ruled him out of the rest of the series, played like a man possessed until the caught-behind off Steven Finn in the 18th over, while Kohli gave signs of getting back to form before giving a simple catch to mid-on off Ben Stokes.

Kohli's wicket brought Raina to the crease and he and Rayudu played with a lot of conviction. A missed stumping late in the Indian chase was the only blemish in Rayudu's otherwise brilliant innings. Raina, however, fell against the run of play, holing out to Stokes off James Tredwell. Thereafter Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja ensured there were no hiccups in India's march, taking the team home in 43 overs. The fourth ODI of the series will be played in Birmingham on September 2.

Earlier, Graame Swann and Michael Vaughan's fears that the current England team can't win the World Cup surfaced again as the hosts, posted an innocuous 227 all out in 50 overs after being put in to bat.

England got off to a solid start though, as Alastair Cook and new ODI face Alex Hales added 82 in 18 overs. The Indian pacers got some movement off the pitch in the initial overs but Cook and Hales took on a cautious approach, nullifying the bowlers and keeping their wickets intact. With the partnership threatening the tourists, MS Dhoni deployed Raina and the move paid dividends as the offspinner got rid of Hales (42) who top-edged to Dhoni while attempting a sweep.

Encouraged by his move, Dhoni brought in another part-time offie, Rayudu, and he had Cook stumped for 44. Two overs later, Jadeja got in on the act, having Joe Root stumped for two with a ball that angled in and turned away.

England would have hoped that Eoin Morgan, arguably their best limited-overs batsman, would bail the team out but the left-hander, after scoring 10, edged R Ashwin to Dhoni behind the wickets. Ian Bell (28) and Stokes (2) also failed to make any difference. The experienced Bell fell on account of a run-out while Raina dove on his right to take a splendid catch in the slips to dispatch Stokes off Ashwin.

After that for England, it was only a matter of reaching a respectable total to test India's ODI specialists. Jos Buttler and Woakes added 33 for the seventh wicket to take the team closer to the 200-run mark before the latter found Mohit Sharma at deep midwicket off Mohammed Shami. Buttler batted doggedly for 42 and fell soon after England went past 200. Following a nice reverse-sweep four, the wicketkeeper-batsman got cleaned up while attempting to hit Ashwin out of the park.

Tredwell (30 off 18 balls) hit a few big shots in the last over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar to finish the innings on some positive note. The over yielded 18 runs and Tredwell and Steven Finn's wickets. Ashwin, with figures of 3 for 39, ended India's best bowler.

India, who had the won the second ODI at Cardiff after a washout in the first at Bristol, brought in Rayudu in place of Rohit while England went for Finn, leaving out Barbados-born allrounder Chris Jordan.

Brief scores: England 227 in 50 overs (Cook 44; Ashwin 3 for 39) lose to India 228 in 43 overs (Rayudu 64*; Tredwell 1 for 46) by six wickets

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Clinical India go 2-0 up

After being put in to bat, Alastair Cook and Alex Hales got England off to a fantastic start, putting on 82 runs for the opening wicket.
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Despite looking rusty in the initial stage of the innings, skipper Cook was able to get some runs under his belt and top-scored with 44.
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The English batsmen, much like they did in the 2nd ODI at Cardiff, looked in total disarray against the Indian spinners. Suresh Raina took a great reflex catch at first slip to dismiss Ben Stokes (2).
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As many as six English batsmen fell to spin as England slumped form 97/3 to 202/8. Apart from R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, the part-time spin of Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu also fetched wickets.
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Jos Buttler added some much-needed resilience to the England innings with a 58-ball 42.
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Ashwin was India's most successful bowler with figures of 3/39 as England were bowled out for 227.
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The Indian opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane put together 35 runs before the former was out caught off Chris Woakes for 16.
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Rahane, who opened the innings in place of the injured Rohit Sharma, played with defiance and scored a 56-ball 45 which included six fours and a six.
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Just when it seemed that Virat Kohli was finally set for a big knock, his untimely dismissal off Stokes gave England a much needed breakthrough.
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Ambati Rayudu played a match-winning innings of 64 not out and along with Raina (42), forged an 87-run partnership to get India close to the target.
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Rayudu scored the winning runs and remained unbeaten on 64 as India chased down 228 runs with six wickets to lead the series 2-0.
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