Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Kohli strikes form as India beat England by seven wickets

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Ranchi, January 19, 2013

Their bowlers put on a fine performance and batsman Virat Kohli came back to form with a fine unbeaten 77 to guide India to a fine seven-wicket win over England in the third one-day international (ODI) and a 2-1 lead in the five-match series here today.

For England, it was their second consecutive big loss in the series after having won the series opener in Rajkot. 
Opting to bowl first, Indian bowlers dominated the proceedings and bowled out England for 155 runs in 42.2 overs. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja bagged three for 19 while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got two for 37. Pacer Ishant Sharma also got two for 29.
Chasing a target of 156, India were always on course right from the start and achieved the target in 28.1 overs after Kohli struck 77 and local boy Mahendra Singh Dhoni (10 not out) hit the winning runs at the 40,000-seater Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium that was packed to its capacity. Kohli was adjudged as Man of the Match.
Kohli came out to bat early after the openers Gautam Gambhir (33) and Ajinkya Rahane again failed to give India a good start. A fine delivery from Steve Finn went through the gates of Rahane as India lost the first wicket with just 11 runs on board.
Kohli and Gambhir then joined forces to stitch a 67-run stand for the second wicket that got the innings back on track. Kohli was the more aggressive of the two while Gambhir preferred to hang on, giving most of the strike to his state mate.
Gambhir’s 33 came off 53 balls and he hit four fours. Kohli smashed nine fours and two sixes during his 79-ball stay. Kohli also became the second fastest batsman -- behind Vivian Richards -- to reach 4,000 ODI runs with his 22nd half-century.
The partnership was broken after Gambhir tried to hit out James Tredwell by coming down the track but gave a head-high catch to Joe Rot at mid-on.
Yuvraj Singh smashed a quick-fire 21-ball 30 with six fours but with 12 runs left for win the southpaw was castled by Tredwell.
Fans were in for a big surprise as Dhoni promoted him up the order and struck the winning runs by hitting Finn for a four through the square-leg boundary.
Earlier, a poor batting performance saw England getting bundled out for 155 in 42.2 overs.
Young batsman Joe Root was the top scorer for England with 29 while Ian Bell and Tim Bresnan contributed 25 each.
England lost wickets at regular intervals and failed to get a decent partnership. While Kevin Pietersen (17) was unlucky, getting out to an error of judgement, the other batsmen simply failed to get the measure of the track.
The two teams now travel to Mohali for the fourth ODI slated for Jan 23.
Alastair Cook lbw Shami Ahmed 17
Ian Bell c Dhoni b Kumar 25
Kevin Pietersen c Dhoni b Sharma 17
Joe Root c Dhoni b Sharma 39
Eoin Morgan c Yuvraj Singh b Ashwin 10
Craig Kieswetter b Jadeja 0
Samit Patel lbw Jadeja 0
Tim Bresnan b Ashwin 25
James Tredwell not out 4
Steve Finn c Yuvraj Singh b Raina 3
Jade Dernbach b Jadeja            0
Extras (lb 6, w 9) 15               
Total (all out in 42.2 overs) 155
Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Cook, 7.6 overs), 2-68 (Pietersen, 14.5), 3-68 (Bell, 15.2), 4-97 (Morgan, 23.4), 5-98 (Kieswetter, 24.2), 6-98 (Patel, 24.6), 7-145 (Root, 36.4), 8-145 (Bresnan, 37.2), 9-155 (Finn, 41.5)
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 10-2-40-1
Shami Ahmed 8-0-23-1
Ishant Sharma 7-0-29-2
Ravindra Jadeja  6.2-0-19-3
Ravichandran Ashwin 10-0-37-2
Suresh Raina 1-0-1-1
Gautam Gambhir c Root b Tredwell 33
Ajinkya Rahane b Finn 0
Virat Kohli not out 77
Yuvraj Singh b Tredwell            30
Mahendra Singh Dhoni not out 10
Extras   (b 1, lb 1, w 5) 7                     
Total (for three wickets in 28.1 overs)   157
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Rahane, 2.5 overs), 2-78 (Gambhir, 17.3), 3-144 (Yuvraj Singh, 25.3)
Steve Finn 9.1-0-50-1
Jade Dernbach 5-0-45-0
Tim Bresnan 7-2-31-0
James Tredwell            7-1-29-2

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