Stroll in the dark for England

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

England took a 1-0 lead in the One Day International series with a comfortable seven-wicket victory over India at the Rose Bowl.
The tourists are still without a win over England this summer and subsided to yet another defeat after posting a competitive-looking total in the rain-reduced game.
India made 187-8 in their 23 overs but that proved woefully inadequate, with their bowlers struggling for any containment or penetration as England cruised home with five balls in hand.
Skipper Alastair Cook and Craig Kieswetter gave England a flying start, putting on 33 in the first three overs.
Back-to-back straight sixes from Kieswetter off Ravichandran Ashwin brought up the 50 midway through the fifth over and even when Kieswetter went with the score on 67, the runs continued to flow.
Kieswetter was finally trapped lbw on the drive by Praveen Kumar, but his 46 from 25 balls had given England the perfect platform.
Ian Bell continued the assault, hitting 25 from 15 balls before he tried to go over the top and picked out Virat Kohli at extra cover off Ravichandran Ashwin.
At 105-2 England could have been in danger, but Ravi Bopara tempered aggression with caution in making 24 from 20 balls before he went for one big shot too many and skied Ashwin to Kohli at midwicket.
But all the time Cook was there anchoring his side to another victory, the skipper finishing with an unbeaten 80 from just 63 balls.


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