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India vs England 3rd ODI: India Rout England By 7 Wickets

By on January 20, 2013

India vs England 3rd ODI: Virat KohliIndia 157 for 3 (Kohli 77*, Tredwell 2-29) beat England 155 (Root 39, Jadeja 3-19) by seven wickets…

What reams of newsprint and loads of expert comments could not achieve, the Ranchi crowd did. MS Dhoni promoted himself to No. 5 in the batting order and hit the winning runs as India won the first international match at JSCA International Stadium Complex by seven wickets.

The Indian captain closed out the third ODI against England by pulling Steven Finn to the square-leg boundary, much to the delight of his home crowd, to give his team a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

Dhoni and his hometown could not have wished for a better script than the one that unfolded on Saturday. Virat Kohli, returned to form with a match-winning unbeaten 77 (79 balls; 4×9, 6×2), after Indian bowlers used the conditions well to skittle out England for 155 on a virgin track.

Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the Indian bowlers and opener Gautam Gambhir (33) too regained his touch but it was Kohli who stole the show with a heady mix of caution and aggression that augurs well for India. Yuvraj too contributed a quickfire 30, but Ajinkya Rahane missed out once again.

Jadeja had made it clear on match-eve that India would not want to bat first on an untested track. His captain made sure of that by winning the toss and electing to field.

From there on, everything clicked for India. England threatened only briefly when Ian Bell (25) and Kevin Pietersen (17) were batting together. They duo added 44 runs in 41 balls, but umpire S Ravi’s error of judgement ended Pietersen’s promising innings.

Ishant Sharma, who had got some stick till then, got one to bounce awkwardly and seam away from an advancing Pietersen. He missed it and the ball brushed his trousers before going into Dhoni’s gloves, giving the umpire the impression of an edge.

That ended a brief period of English dominance because the start captain Alastair Cook (17) and Bell gave England was far from ideal.

They just could not get Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed away. While Bhuvneshwar moved the ball both ways in the air and off the seam, Shami bowled a tight line at brisk pace. As a result, the first seven overs yielded only 20. The mounting pressure forced Cook to improvise, uncharacteristically.

Stepping out, he hit Bhuvneshwar for a boundary past mid-off in the seventh over but when he walked across his stumps in the next over and tried to play Shami towards leg, was wrapped on the pad in front of middle and off stump.

Numbers Game

18 number of matches lost by England out of last 21 ODIs they have played against India in India. The incredible run of Indian victories started on March 28, 2006.

42 number of grounds to have hosted ODIs in India, with the HEC International Cricket Stadium Complex in Ranchi becoming the latest venue. It came on the heels of Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot which staged the first match of the current series. India by far has most number of ODI grounds with England coming distant second with 22.

93 number of innings needed by Virat Kohli to complete 4000 runs in ODIs. He became the second fastest to reach this landmark after Vivian Richards. The West Indian legend touched the mark in 88 innings.

Source: Times Of India

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