PERTH: India were on Friday knocked out of the tri-series cricket tournament after yet another spineless display as England recovered from a top-order collapse to record a three-wicket victory and secure a place in the final.
In a do-or-die game, India’s batsmen let the team down badly as they frittered away a good start to be bundled out for 200 in 48.1 overs, losing as many as nine wickets for 97 runs from a relatively comfortable 103 for one.
England were tottering at 66 for five at one stage but staged a gritty fightback through James Taylor (82) and Jos Buttler (67) as their stand steered the team home with 19 balls to spare at the WACA ground. England will now take on Australia in the final on Sunday.
It was yet another disappointing show by the Indians, who have now failed to win a single international match during their ongoing tour of Australia.
The tournament, which served as a dress rehearsal for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, has shown that there are lot of chinks in defending champions’ armoury as they lost three out of the four matches while one was abandoned.
While it a mixture of variable bounce and poor application which resulted in India’s batting downfall, it was Ajinkya Rahane, who some what proved to be a saving grace with a patient knock of 73 as his teammates did not show the stomach for a fight. (PTI)
AM Rahane c †Buttler b Finn 73
S Dhawan c †Buttler b Woakes 38
V Kohli c Root b Ali 8
SK Raina c Woakes b Ali 1
AT Rayudu c †Buttler b Broad 12
MS Dhoni*† lbw b Anderson 17
STR Binny c Bell b Finn 7
RA Jadeja c Finn b Broad 5
AR Patel c Bell b Finn 1
MM Sharma not out 7
Mohammed Shami c †Buttler b Woakes 25
Extras 6 Total 200/10
IR Bell lbw b Sharma 10
MM Ali c Rayudu b Patel 17
JWA Taylor c Binny b Sharma 82
JE Root c & b Binny 3
EJG Morgan* c Dhawan b Binny 2
RS Bopara c Jadeja b Binny 4
JC Buttler† c Rayudu b Mohammed Shami 67
CR Woakes not out 4
SCJ Broad not out 3
Extras 9 Total 201/7
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