England bowls out India for 200 in tri-series ODI
PERTH, Australia (AP) — England capitalized on winning the toss by bowling out India for 200 in their tri-series one-day game on Friday, with Ajinkya Rahane providing most of the resistance with a gritty 73 at the WACA Ground.
The winner of the match will face Australia in the series final at the same venue on Sunday.
After poor starts in earlier matches in the series, India was intent on conserving wickets and Rahane joined with the out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan in an opening stand of 83.
But with the ball swinging, combined with the usual high bounce on the WACA pitch, England bowlers took control of the match, taking eight wickets for 82 runs.
Steve Finn took 3-36, Moeen Ali 2-35, Chris Woakes 2-47 and Stuart Broad, still bowling below optimum pace, 2-56.
India looked like being bowled out for a humbling total before Mohammed Shami (25) and Mohit Sharma (7) combined in a last-wicket stand which added 35 runs in four overs.
Dhawan finally got some runs under his belt after previous scores in the series of 2, 1 and 8, but he needed 65 balls to make his 38 runs in a less than convincing performance.
Though he hit four fours, he seldom middled the ball and scratched for his runs, looking unlike the batsman who averaged 94 in India’s previous, three-match home series against Sri Lanka.
Dhawan has struggled on the Australian tour as a whole; he scored 167 runs at an average of 28 in the three-test series against the hosts earlier in the summer.
Anderson bowled his first six overs consecutively at a cost of 10 runs, reflecting the respect he had to be shown in conditions which ideally suited his abilities. He had little luck in his opening spell but returned in the 41st over and claimed the vital wicket of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (17) lbw.
Rahane showed a capability of anchoring one end, but he could not find a partner to put together a much-needed stand after Dhawan went.
India quickly lost Virat Kohli for 8, Suresh Raina for 1, Ambati Rayudu for 12 and then Rahane himself in the 36th over, stumbling from 83-0 to 136-5.
England got great value from the spin bowling of Ali who dismissed both Kohli and Raina.
Finn was down on pace but used his height to extract telling bounce which contributed to the dismissals of Rahane and Stuart Binny (7).
India sorely felt the loss of Rohit Sharma who was not considered for selection because of injury, though his absence is mainly precautionary.