Finn, Anderson crush spineless India

England batsman James Taylor (R) and Ian Bell celebrate after defeating India in their ODI tri-series cricket match in Brisbane on Tuesday.

England batsman James Taylor (R) and Ian Bell celebrate after defeating India in their ODI tri-series cricket match in Brisbane on Tuesday.  

Another loss puts India’s tri-series campaign in jeopardy

A spineless India suffered its second consecutive defeat as England crushed it by nine wickets with a bonus point, throwing its cricket tri-series campaign in jeopardy here on Tuesday.

Electing to bat, India was bundled out for 153 in 39.3 overs with the top-five batsmen returning to the dressing room with just 67 runs on board by the 19th over on a lively Gabba track.

Steven Finn (five for 33) and pace colleague James Anderson (four for 18) exploited the pacer-friendly deck to the hilt by extracting extra bounce as the Indians, barring Stuart Binny (44), struggled to come to terms.

Binny was the lone Indian batsman to show some resilience on a day when the others got out due to poor shot selection.

Opener Ajinkya Rahane (33), Virat Kohli (4), Ambati Rayudu (23) and Suresh Raina (1) were out playing poor shots, while Shikhar Dhawan (1) fell to a beauty from Anderson in the third over of the ndian innings.

England chased down the target with more than 22 overs to spare and collected five points, including a bonus point, from the comprehensive win.

Opener Ian Bell led the England run chase with a 91-ball unbeaten 88 while James Taylor also scored an unbeaten 56 from 63 balls. The duo added 131 in an unconquered second wicket stand as they negotiated the Indian bowlers without much difficulty on a pitch that seemed to have demons while the Indians were batting. Taylor hit the winning runs, a four, as England reached 156 for one in 27.3 overs to wrap up the match. The other English opener, Moeen Ali (8), was dismissed cheaply off Binny, who opened the bowling for India during the first session as England batted before the break after India folded up early.

Australia is on top of table with nine points from two matches while England has five from two games.

India will now have to win both its remaining matches if it is to qualify for the final.


India: A. Rahane c Taylor b Finn 33 (40 b, 1x4, 1x6), S. Dhawan c Buttler b Anderson 1 (5b), A. Rayudu c Buttler b Finn 23 (53b, 2x4), V. Kohli c Buttler b Finn 4 (8b), S. Raina st Buttler b Ali 1 (3b), M.S. Dhoni c Buttler b Finn 34 (61b, 1x4), S. Binny c Morgan b Anderson 44 (55b, 3x4, 2x6), A. Patel b Finn 0 (1b), B. Kumar b Anderson 5 (5b), M. Shami c Ali b Anderson 1 (7b), U. Yadav (not out) 0 (0b); Extras (lb-3, w-3, nb-1) 7; Total (in 39.3 overs): 153.

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Dhawan), 2-57 (Rahane), 3-64 (Kohli), 4-65 (Raina), 5-67 (Rayudu), 6-137 (Dhoni), 7-137 (Axar), 8-143 (Bhuvneshwar), 9-153 (Binny).

England bowling: Anderson 8.3-2-18-4, Woakes 7-0-35-0, Broad 7-0-33-0, Finn 8-0-33-5, Ali 9-0-31-1.

England: I. Bell (not out) 88 (91b, 8x4), M. Ali c Kohli b Binny 8 (12b, 1x4), J. Taylor (not out) 56 (63b, 4x4); Extras (w-3, nb-1) 4; Total (for one wkt. in 27.3 overs): 156.

Fall of wicket: 1-25 (Ali).

India bowling: Binny 7-0-34-1, Bhuvneshwar 2-0-18-0, Umesh 6-0-42-0, Shami 4-0-23-0, Axar 7.3-0-32-0, Raina 1-0-7-0.

Toss: India.

Man-of-the-Match: Finn.

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