England dismiss India for 200

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Published: Friday 30th January 2015 by The News Editor

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England put themselves on course for the Tri-Series final as they dismissed India for 200 at the WACA.

At the mid-point of the match England were firm favourites to join hosts Australia in Sunday’s showpiece, having turned in a disciplined display in the field.

Having won the toss and inserted India, England captain Eoin Morgan will have been thoroughly impressed with the way his attack dovetailed as all five bowlers took wickets.

But India were abject following an opening stand of 83, losing all 10 wickets for 117.

India’s opening pair Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan mis-timed a handful of shots b ut somehow the pair survived.

England were guilty of bowling a fraction short, possibly seeking the extra bounce that did for India in Brisbane, but it would be hard to find much fault in James Anderson’s miserly first spell.

Gradually Rahane and Dhawan wrestled control of the situation, posting 50 in 82 balls and steering their side to the 20-over mark without loss.

That should have formed the basis of a strong total but it all sorely came off course from the moment Dhawan fell to the first ball of Chris Woakes’ second spell.

It was no more than a loosener but the out-of-form opener still managed to offer his outside edge.

India fans were delighted to see Virat Kohli promoted to number three but his response was dismal, managing just eight before holing out senselessly to Moeen Ali.

Suresh Raina was even more compliant, charging the spinner almost immediately and spraying a simple catch to backward point.

Rahane nursed the score into three figures but lost another partner when Ambati Rayudu gave Stuart Broad a long-awaited first wicket of the series.

The powerplay saw India lose further ground, with just 23 runs scored for the loss of Rahane and Stuart Binny.

Steven Finn accounted for both, Rahane for 73 with a gem and Binny courtesy of a stunning slip catch by Ian Bell.

When Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the seventh man out – lbw to Anderson five balls after having his helmet rattled by the seamer – India looked down and out.

Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel made just six between them but late hitting from Mohammed Shami saw the last-wicket pair add 35 unlikely runs.

Woakes eventually ended the fun, Shami handing Buttler a fourth catch with 11 balls remaining.

Published: Friday 30th January 2015 by The News Editor

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