Ind vs Eng: Everything going India's way in the ODIs

Sep 03, 2014, 08:34 IST | A Corresponent

Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan have hit it off at the top of the order, all rounder Suresh Raina showed his superiority on the field while Bhuvneshwar Kumar put up a brilliant start

Rahane, Dhawan pair fire again
Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan have hit it off at the top of the order. Their 183-run partnership made yesterday's contest a thoroughly one-sided affair. Rahane, who was promoted in place of the injured Rohit Sharma put on 35 runs with Dhawan in the third ODI. Incidentally, India's last century opening stand was also between Rahane and Dhawan when they put on 121 against Afghanistan during the Asia Cup in March.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrates the wicket of Alastair Cook
Bhuvneshwar Kumar celebrates the wicket of Alastair Cook 

Another failure for captain Cook
England skipper Alastair Cook is in no mood to prove his friend Graeme Swann wrong. The spinner recently commented that 'England would be better off without his captaincy at the World Cup'. This is England's fifth successive bilateral series loss under Cook.

Raina sets a fine example on the field
Suresh Raina has made India look a different team in the fielding department in the ODI series. The fielders looked energetic as Cook managed just one from his first 15 balls. Raina didn't seem to be doing anything wrong on the field. His direct hit from short third man to dismiss Chris Woakes and two crucial catches to dismiss Cook and Eoin Morgan proved vital.

Bhuvi was just too good at the start
Bhuvneshwar Kumar's early breakthroughs set the tone for India's victory. The right-arm pacer claimed openers Alastair Cook (9) and Alex Hales (6). Besides early hiccups, the 24-year-old's economical bowling figures of 2-14 in eight overs was also crucial in restricting England for just 206.

Moeen Ali deserved a better result
Moeen Ali who came in for Ben Stokes did all the hard work, scoring a quickfire career best 50-ball 67. But that wasn't enough as England managed just over 200.

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