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7:01 pm - Saturday March 25, 2017

Dhoni, Kumar, Ashwin pilot India to victory

Agencies, Kochi
India vs englandAvenging their defeat in the first ODI at Rajkot, team India today registered out a comfortable 127 run win against England in the second ODI at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium here today. Winning the toss, skipper Dhoni decided to bat first and the India scored 285 runs in the stipulated 50 overs.

Bhuvaneswar Kumar and off spinner R Ashwin, pushed England to bring scalping three crucial wickets each, enabling the team to wrap up the contest with a big margin.
Earlier, Dhoni, with a brilliant 72 once again came to the rescue of the team, as the top order batesman failed to capitalize.
Jadeja gave solid support to his captain with a sparkling 61 from 60 balls enabling the side to post a comfortable 285 runs.

In the initial overs the England batesmen were settling down and punishing the rival bowlers. They lost their first wicket, but surged ahead with cofnidence. At one stage they blasted 48 runs in five overs. However, Shami drew first blood as he removed Ian bell who was out caught behind after chasing a wide delivery from Ahmed.
Pietersen, who then took charge from Bell, blasted two consecutive boundaries. The first one came off an edge to third man and the next past mid wicket fence. Off the final delivery, a valiant effort in the deep by Jadeja and Rahane came to naught as Pietersen collected another boundary.

Shami conceded 15 runs in the over.
The right arm pacer Kumar struck again claiming the wicket of England Captain Alastair Cook. Cook missed a shot to the on side to a good length delivery. He was caught right in front of the middle stumps.
However, Kumar struck again running out Pietersen with a perfect throw to the wicket knocking down the bails. He scored 42 runs, to be the top socrer for England.
After the fall of Pietersan, things slipped for England and they huffed and puffed to garner runs.
Off spinner Ashwin, did not allow the England batesman to score.
As in the first ODI, Ishant Sharma was the milching cow for England, as he ‘helped them’ to earn precious runs at a crucial juncture. Even though he bowled only four spells, he conceded 28 runs. Kumar, the man behind India’s victory, was the most successful bowler as he took three valuable wickets conceding 29 runs in his quota of ten overs.
Ashwin also did good work for the team, scalping three wickets conceding 39 runs in seven overs.
Jadeja, who excelled in batting, proved that he is not lacking in bowling as he took the wicket of Chris Woakers,trapping him LBW, in seven overs he took two wickets, conceding just 12 runs.


India Innings: AM Rahane b Finn 04, G Gambhir b Dernbach 08, V Kohli c Bell b Woakes 37, Yuvraj Singh lbw b Tredwell 32, SK Raina b Finn 55, MS Dhoni c Root b Dernbach 72, RA Jadeja not out 61, R Ashwin not out 01. Extras: 15. Total: (6 wickets; 50 overs) 285. Bowling: ST Finn 10-51-2, JW Dernbach 09-73-2, CR Woakes 09-60-1, SR Patel 10-43-1, JC Tredwell 10-48-1, JE Root 02-05-0.

England Innings: AN Cook lbw b Kumar 17, IR Bell c †Dhoni b Shami Ahmed 1, KP Pietersen b Kumar 42, JE Root b Jadeja 36, EJG Morgan c †Dhoni b Kumar 0, C Kieswetter†c Raina b Ashwin 18, SR Patel (not out) 30, CR Woakes lbw b Jadeja 0, JC Tredwell lbw b Ashwin 1, ST Finn c Dhoni b Ashwin 0, JW Dernbach (run out) (Jadeja/Dhoni)2. Extras:  11. Total: (all out) 36 overs) 158. Bowling:  B Kumar 10-2-29-3, Shami Ahmed 4-1-24-1, I Sharma 4-0-28- 0, RA Jadeja 7-1-12-2, Yuvraj Singh 4-0-19-0, R Ashwin 7-0-39-3.

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