India's top-class fielding, a refreshing sight

Aug 31, 2014, 06:39 IST | A Corresponent

England in a web again
Spin again did most of the damage for England as Indian tweakers dismissed six of their batsmen after a good opening stand of 82. Keeping Moeen Ali out of the XI on a dry pitch was a big mistake by skipper Alastair Cook.

Suresh Raina takes a one-handed catch to dismiss Ben Stokes. Pic/Getty Images
Suresh Raina takes a one-handed catch to dismiss Ben Stokes. Pic/Getty Images 

Proving pundits right
England continue to be a poor ODI team and they have proved the pundits right once again. The Englishmen just don't have the spark to play ODI cricket at the moment.

Good move to send Ajinkya up
It was a good move to ask Ajinkya Rahane to open the innings, considering he opens for Rajasthan Royals. The Mumbai-lad proved the think-tank right with his well-made 45 off 56 balls.

Indian fielders flying everywhere
The Indians couldn't catch a thing during the Test series, but their fielding was at its best on Saturday. The players were committed to saving every single runs. Mohit Sharma's direct hit from wide long-off to dismiss Ian Bell and Suresh Raina's superb one-handed slip catch to dismiss Ben Stokes proved vital in restricting the hosts to 227.

Virat Kohli gets into the groove
Given Virat Kohli's lean patch in the Test series, and a duck in the second ODI, his 50-ball 40 could prove a big boost for India with two ODIs and a T20 remaining. Pity he couldn't go on.

Rayudu thrives on chance
One would have expected Ambati Rayudu to come good against the hosts after his well-made 72 against Middlesex last Friday. And the right-hander didn't prove the management wrong either. The right-hander who came in place of injured Rohit Sharma ensured he saw India home with his ODI best 78-ball 64.

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