Thursday, October 20, 2011

India win England in one-day thriller.

Mohali, October 20 : Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni shattered two fours in the final over as India hit England by five wickets on Thursday to win a decisive 3-0 lead in the five-match one-day series.

Youthful batsman AjinkyaRahane top-scored with 91 and Gautam Gambhir hit 58 as the world champion surpass England's not easy 298-4 with four balls to extra in a thrilling day-night match. India were under attack at 235-5 in the 42nd over before Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja steered the hosts home with a winning 65-run stand for the 6th wicket.
With 17 runs needed off the last two over’s, the pair take 10 runs in the 49th bowled by emerald Dernbach, before Dhoni shattered the first two balls of the final over from Tim Bresnan for limits to clinch victory.Dhoni returned winning on 35 and Jadeja was on 26 as the new-look Indians, without seven players who won the World Cup final against Sri Lanka in April, take the series.The tourist, who was thrash by 126 runs and eight wickets in the previous two games, needed a win to stay afloat in the series. England begin well as an unbeaten 98  runs from Jonathan Trott enthused a batting revival that helped them post 298-4.Samit Patel broken up an unbeaten 70  runs off 43 balls and Kevin Petersen scored 64 as England's batting lastly came good after skipper Alastair Cook won the toss in the day-night game.

What time India batted, Rahane put on 79 for the first wicket with Parthiv Patel and 111 for the second with Gambhir to lift India to a happy 190-1 by the 34th over. England hit back with four wickets for 45 runs as fast bowler Steven Finn removed Gambhir and Rahane, Bresnan dismissed Suresh Raina for zero and Graeme Swann attentive Virat Kohli leg-before for 35.But Dhoni and Jadeja twisted the game around with a match-winning stand in front of 25,000 excited home fans.

Earlier, Trott and Petersen, who came jointly at 53-2, put on 101 for the third wicket on an even-paced ground ideal for shot-making.Trott then added 103 for the unbroken fifth with Patel, who hit two sixes and seven fours as England plundered 91 runs in the last 10 overs..

Trott, who was on 94 at the start of the last over from Vinay Kumar, took three runs from the first two deliveries but manage only a single off the fifth to be deprived of a fourth one-day hundred. The fourth one-dayer will be played in Mumbai on Sunday.

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