London: England beat India by 3 wickets via D/L method in the rain-affected 3rd ODI to take a 2-0 lead in the series after a rain delay revised their target to 218 in 43 overs at the Kia Oval on Friday.
It finally boiled down to England’s depth in batting as all-rounders Tim Bresnan (28) and Ravi Bopara (40) came to their rescue when they lost 2 swift wickets after the rain delay.
India fought back through their spinners Ravindra Jadeja (2/42), who also prior scored 78 runs and R Ashwin (3/40). Although England had it under control and reached the target with 7 balls to spare.
Rain halted play when England was 95/3 in 20 overs after India scored a competitive 234/7 in their 50 overs. No more play at that stage would have declared England winners by 5 runs but the rain conceded to let play resume after a delay of around 45 minutes.
Munaf Patel got India the much needed breakthrough as he dismissed the in-form Cook (23) lbw. And England’s healthy start soon wore a concerned look when Dhoni introduced his spinners into the attack.
Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin struck in consecutive overs to bring India back. First it was Jadeja who bowled Kieswetter for 51 and after that Ashwin followed it up with Jonathan Trott’s (11) dismissal, who was bowled as well, in the very next over.
Earlier, fighting half centuries by Dhoni and Jadeja helped India recover from a top-order falls down and post a competitive 234/7.
The Indians slowed down between overs 35 to 43. During that period, Jadeja’s striking return turned into a half century and 100-run partnership with the skipper. Jadeja also played the big shots, helping India score 51 runs in the batting powerplay. Jadeja fell in the final over for a well-made 78.