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Carlton Mid Tri-Series – IND vs ENG: Taylor and Buttler Just The Job

By on January 30, 2015

England 7 for 201 (Taylor 82, Buttler 67, Binny 3-33) beat India 200 (Rahane 73, Finn 3-36, Moeen 2-35) by 3 wickets…

James Taylor and Jos Buttler dug England out of deep trouble with a match-winning century partnership to set up a Tri-Series final with Australia on Sunday.

It looked like India would reach the showpiece at England’s expense when Taylor and Buttler joined forces at 66 for five from 20 overs in pursuit of 201 at the WACA Ground.

Carlton Mid Tri-Series - IND vs ENG: James Taylor

Yet the sixth-wicket pair, both young in one-day international terms particularly in comparison to India’s World Cup holders, belied relatively few caps with a stand worth 125.

Although late on man-of-the-match Taylor fell for 82, his fourth fifty in 10 ODIs, and Buttler for 67, his sixth half-century in 48 games, England completed a three-wicket win with 19 balls to spare.

Buttler rode his luck while injecting impetus to the innings, surviving three run-out chances and being dropped at slip.

However, he and Taylor worked wonders on an uneven pitch that began to deviate towards the end of India’s innings.

In a James Anderson over Mahendra Singh Dhoni was hit flush on the helmet by one that reared sharply and pinned lbw by one that kept low.

The variable bounce also accounted for several of England’s top-order, hastening the Taylor-Buttler alliance.

Crucially, Buttler began by scoring at around a run a ball while Taylor accumulated steadily throughout his innings.

The result sees England, who beat India in both their round-robin games, face Australia at the same venue in two days, which will be less than two weeks before they meet again at the start of the World Cup.

England’s batting troubles started early when Ian Bell perished in similar fashion to Dhoni, albeit without a helmet blow, against Mohit Sharma who was playing his first game of the series in place of injured fellow seamer Ishant Sharma.

The 10-over powerplay score was similar to India’s at 35 for one, but Moeen Ali holed out off Akshar Patel and in the next over Stuart Binny had Joe Root caught and bowled.

Morgan, perhaps unnerved by more variable bounce, was soon Binny’s second victim via a miscue to mid-on and Bopara tamely fell to the medium-pacer at backward point.

Buttler’s first let-off was early in his innings and he was then shelled at slip after reverse-sweeping Ravindra Jadeja.

Taylor went to his fifty from 86 balls just before the mandatory powerplay was forced, and during the fielding restrictions Buttler’s milestone arrived in 59 deliveries.

Their hundred partnership was the only one of the match.

Taylor top-edged Mohit to fine-leg two overs before Buttler holed out to deep cover off Mohammed Shami with eight still needed.

Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad stayed calm to seal victory, which came via a Jadeja no-ball.

Like in Brisbane, India lost a position of batting strength although this time after an unchanged England won the toss.

Openers Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan rode their luck to put on 83 as England initially failed to maximise humid conditions.

Woakes missed a chance to run out Dhawan for nought when he could not hit the striker’s stumps from close range after gathering the ball in his follow-through.

Dhawan and Rahane continued to live dangerously in the early overs, but their running between the wickets improved.

India reached 50 in the 14th over and, although that rate stayed much the same, their opponents were relieved when Woakes had Dhawan caught behind for 38 with the first ball of his second spell.

Rahane advanced to a 71-ball fifty shortly before Virat Kohli, promoted to three, became the first of Moeen’s two wickets in as many overs. Kohli holed out to long-off and an advancing Suresh Raina edged to backward point.

Broad had his first wicket of the series when Ambati Rayudu nibbled behind at a short ball.

Steven Finn struck in the next over, the start of the mandatory powerplay, as Rahane attempted to play to third man but feathered behind on 73.

Bell’s stunning slip catch, diving full-length to his right, gave Finn the scalp of Binny during the fielding restrictions.

Dhoni was the first of three wickets in as many overs as Broad ousted Jadeja and Finn removed Akshar for figures of 3-36.

Shami threw caution to the wind in a last-wicket stand worth 35 while Mohit twice survived run-out chances.

Source: ECB

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