January 20th, 2013

India thrash England by 7 wickets; lead 2-1

RANCHI: The script played out perfectly which team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni could himself have not imagined as his side handed a thumping seven wickets victory in the third ODI being played at the JSCA, a International Cricket Stadium here.
Dhoni was the chosen one to hit the winning runs in the first international match ever to be played at his home ground. With this win India have taken a 2-1 lead in the five match series.
Opting to bowl first after winning the toss with dew in mind, the all the bowlers shared the wickets among themselves thanks to the early movement which followed by a middle order collapse against the spin duo of Ashwin and  Jadeja.
India’s innings bean on a bad note when Steven Finn cleaned up Ajinkya Rahane again, bowled through the gate for the second time in as many matches with the score board reading 11/1.
Gautam Gambhir was joined by Virat Kohli. The Delhi duo added added 67 for the second wicket partnership. Gambhir perished while he tried to loft Tredwell out of the 30 yard circle but was smartly taken by Root.    Kohli during the match became the fastest Indian to reach 4,000 international runs when he reached 49. The right hander announced his return to form as re remained unbeaten on 77 (79 balls) which included nine hits to the fence and two sixes.
Kohli hooked and pulled with ease as he scored three consecutive fours in the eight over of the innings bowled by Dernbach. In the 11th over too he hit consecutive fours of Steven Finn.
Yuvraj Singh too added a quick fire 30(21 balls) before being bowled through the gates by Tredwell.
Virat Kohli was adjudged Man of the Match.
Earlier, England’s middle order batsman Joe root top scored with 39 (57 balls). At one stage England were 68 for 1 with Pietersen and Bell batting well. Both the right handers added 44 in 41 balls but with both batsmen felling in consecutive overs, England’s middle order exposed and well exploited by the spin duo of Jadeja and Ashwin.     Pietersen was unlucky to be adjudged caught before in the bowling of Ishant Sharma to a ball that rose sharply and was taken smartly by Dhoni. Three balls later as Dhoni collected a sharp catch of Bell’s while standing up to the stump in the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.  Dhoni himself took three catches in the innings. Apart from Root who added 47 with Tim Bresnan no other partnership was worth talking  about.
Attempting a reverse-swipe through point against Ashwin, Eoin Morgan lobbed one to the short third man to be caught by Yuvraj Singh.
Ravindra Jadeja fresh from his man of the match performance in Kochi then had one go through the loose forward defensive of Craig Kieswetter and had Samit Patel lbw in the same over while he was pushing half forward as three wickets fell for one run in nine balls.
Bresnan who was recalled into the side made 25 before he was bowled by Ashwin in the 38th over when the score was 152 while Root edged one to Dhoni of Ishant Sharma with the scoreboard reading 145. Thereafter the spinners quickly cleaned up the tail with Raina and Jadeja getting one wicket each at the end.


Virat Kohli fastest Indian to reach 4,000 runs in ODI
Virat Kohli today became the fastest Indian to complete 4,000 international runs in one day  cricket.    The right hander from Delhi reached the milestone when he reached 49 during the third ODI international which is being played at JSCA’s International Cricket Stadium here.    Kohli managed to achieve the feat in 93 innings that he has played in 96 matches.    Sir Vivian Richards of the West Indies is on top of the list, as the cricketing great had too played the same number of matches (96) but scored 4,000 runs in just 88  innings.

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