India have taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 after beating England by 6 wickets with seven overs to spare in the 3rd Royal London ODI at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The visitors cannot lose the 5-match series now and England at the most can only draw the series if it can win the remaining two ODIs.
Above photo: NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – AUGUST 30: The Indian team wait for a review decision for the wicket of Joe Root during the third Royal London One-Day Series match between England and India at Trent Bridge on August 30, 2014 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
India’s victory was set up by its spinners in particular Ravichandran Ashwin who picked 3 for 39 in his 10 overs to get the Man of the Match award. Bowling first after winning the toss, India faced a solid opening stand from Skipper Alastair Cook and Alex Hales. However after adding 82 runs in 18 overs for the 1st wicket, England slipped dramatically with the introduction of spin.
Alex Hales was first to depart when he top edged a sweep off Suresh Raina to MS Dhoni after scoring 42 from 55 balls. Alastair Cook (44 from 65 balls) of all the bowler got himself out to AT Rayudu who saw the left-hander step out early and was smart enough to slip a full ball down the legside for a stumping. Ravindra Jadeja spun out Joe Root and had him overbalancing for a stumping.
Eoin Morgan scored 10 before he was forced to edge a turning off break from R Ashwin on the backfoot to the keeper leaving England at 120 for 4 in 28 overs. Ian Bell was run out for 28 by a spectacular direct throw from the covers boundary by Mohit Sharma. Ben Stokes was superbly snapped up at slip by Suresh Raina as the left hander tried to work R Ashwin to the on side. Another all-rounder Chris Woakes pulled Mohammed Shami straight into the hands of deep squareleg. A cameo of 30 from 18 balls from James Tredwell and a solid knock of 42 from 58 balls by Jos Buttler helped England to a respectable total of 227 all out in 50 overs.
The run chase for India was too easy despite losing Shikhar Dhawan in the 8th over with the left hander cutting uppishly off Chris Woakes. Ajinkya Rahane eased to 45 from 56 balls before he was caught behind off Steven Finn trying to run one down to thirdman. Virat Kohli helped himself to an attractive 40 from 50 balls before smacking a slower one from Ben Stokes to mid on. There was a moment of tension when Virat Kohli turned back to react to the send off given by Ben Stokes.
India was 120 for 3 in the 26th over when the in-form Suresh Raina joined AT Rayudu to seal the chase with an 87-run stand. Ambati Rayudu who replaced the injured Rohit Sharma came up with a responsible knock of 64 not out from 78 balls with 6 fours. Suresh Raina as always very busy while scoring a run-a-ball 42.