England win in Southampton

September 7, 2011

By Freaky Tim

England beat India last night by seven wickets in the second one-day international at The Rose Bowl.

The victory means that England take a 1-0 lead in the series after the first match in Durham was washed out. India are still yet to beat England in any form of cricket on this tour.

Heavy rain in Southampton during the day shortened the match to a 23 over per side game. After being inserted, India posted a very competitive 187-8 from their allotted overs.

Ajinka Rahane made 54 at the top of the innings, whilst Suresh Raina gave the innings the finish it was looking for with a quick-fire 40 off just 19 balls.

A near capacity crowd had waited patiently for over 5 hours for the match to begin, but will feel they got their money’s worth as England chased down this big total with just 5 balls to spare.

Craig Kieswetter got the innings off to a blistering start, as he made 46 from just 25 balls, smashing three huge sixes in the process.

Ian Bell (25), and Ravi Bopara (24) made handy contributions, but the star of the show was England’s captain Alastair Cook. Cook batted through the innings to see his side home, finishing on 80 not out. Cook does not play in twenty over cricket for England, but gave the selectors a gentle reminder that he can score runs in all formats of the game.

With a depleted India side due to injuries, it is hard to see how they are going to win a match on this tour.

The sides meet again on Friday at The Kia Oval whereas always a good pitch is expected.

Chris Murtagh 07/09/2011

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