Despite a terrific start, England bowlers failed to restrict the Indian juggernaut as Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli powered India to a comprehensive 6-wicket victory in the fourth ODI at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
Chasing a modest 221, India were once three down for just 46. But the two young stars soon put the Indian chase on track with gritty knocks and pulled off a sensational win at the same ground where the hosts clinched the famous World Cup trophy six months ago.
While Raina scored 80 off 62 balls before falling to Steven Finn, Kohli, who hit the winning boundary, stayed unbeaten at 86. Both motored to a 131-run stand at close to seven an over.
Earlier, debutant pacer Varun Aaron and off-spinner R Ashwin claimed three wickets each to help India bundle out England for 220.
Electing to bat, England got off to a cautious start. Indian skipper MS Dhoni soon introduced Ashwin to get a breakthrough on the flat track. Ashwin obliged his master and sent back English captain Alastair Cook (10) by trapping him leg before wickets at the score of 39.
Praveen Kumar capitalized on the breakthrough and sent back Craig Kieswetter without any addition on the scorecard.
England were 39/2 when Kevin Pietersen joined Jonathan Trott at the crease. The duo played sensibly to rescue their side from the double blow. They rotated strike to keep the scorecard moving.
However, after a brief recovery, England were again seen on the back foot with quick dismissal of Trott and Pietersen. While Vinay Kumar dismissed Trott (39), Ashwin sent back Pietersen (41), triggering visitors’ collapse.
Ravindra Jadeja added to England’s misery with twin-blow, removing Ravi Bopara (8) and Jonny Bairstow (9).
Ashwin then got Samit Patel caught by Kohli to claim his third victim. Tim Bresnan, however, tried hard to propel the side to a respectable total. But newcomer Aaron, who had a wicket less first spell, struck in the death over to wrap the English tail to justify his selection in the squad.
Aaron bowled out Scott Borthwick, Stuart Meaker and Bresnan to make an impressive debut in the 50-over game.
Source: Daily Bhaskar