Tuesday 2 September 2014 

India Embarrass England At Edgbaston

Ajinkya Rahane celebrates a century
Ajinkya Rahane celebrates his century at Edgbaston
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England leave the field after their humbling defeat to India
England leave the field after their humbling defeat to India
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India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
Fourth One-Day International, Edgbaston
Scorecard

India raced to an unassailable 3-0 One-Day International series lead by handing England an embarrassing nine-wicket defeat at Edgbaston after Ajinkya Rahane registered his maiden ODI century.

The fourth ODI went the same way as the previous two as India completely dominated proceedings, bowling England out for 206 and then charging to their victory target in less than 31 overs.

Rahane stroked 106 in 100 balls, Shikhar Dhawan was unbeaten on 97 and the only positive for England was a second ODI half-century for Moeen Ali.

However, his 67 in 50 balls could not prevent England from crashing to a well below-par total and they were devastatingly punished later on.

Rahane struck 10 fours and four sixes and Dhawan, who has struggled for any sort of form throughout this tour, finished strongly and almost reached a century himself by hitting 11 fours and four sixes, facing 81 balls in all.

Virat Kohli was unbeaten on one at the other end and England's only success came via Harry Gurney when he had Rahane caught by Alastair Cook.

For India, Mohammad Shami (3-28), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-14), Ravindra Jadeja (2-40), Suresh Raina (1-36) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1-48) took wickets with Kumar outstanding early on, removing Cook (9) and Alex Hales (6).

And although Joe Root made 44 and Eoin Morgan 32, it was not until Moeen, who cracked four fours and three sixes, came to the crease that England's innings really started to shift.

Alas for him, he quickly began to run out of partners and lost his wicket when he was bowled by Ashwin and the tail was quickly mopped up.

Rahane and Dhawan then treated England's bowlers as if they were warming up with a few light throwdowns in the nets, showcasing their comfort and superiority over their opponents in this format.

England had no answer to them as they pulled, drove, cut and blasted their way through and over the field at will.

The bowlers suffered, Gurney going at 7.85 runs per over, Woakes bowling four overs that went for 40 and even Moeen went for 40 from his seven overs.

Rahane notched his century, his second of the tour after his memorable three-figure score in the Lord's Test, and after he was dismissed, caught off a full toss, Dhawan threatened to also reach a ton but didn't quite have enough runs required.

He finished things off in style when he thumped Gurney emphatically over long-on for six to give MS Dhoni his 91st ODI win as captain, overtaking the previous record held by Mohammad Azharuddin.

India handed medium pacer Dhawal Kulkarni his debut for this match, coming in to replace the injured Mohit Sharma.

England, meanwhile, made three changes: Gary Ballance, Moeen and Harry Gurney into the side to replace Ian Bell, James Tredwell and Ben Stokes.

The fifth and final match is at Headingley on Friday 5th September.

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs