India Score Comprehensive 312-Run Win Over England
India won the series by going 3-0 up with a resounding win by 312 runs.
The weather looked threatening but the game got underway on time and finished without interruption. India won the toss and decided to bat. England bowled tightly and after 5 overs had conceded 22 runs with the dismissal of Prakash bowled by Luke Sugg for 3. Pushparaj came in to add 124 for the 2nd wicket with Ajay Reddy but England felt that they had a measure of control reaching the first drinks break with India on 117-1. Foy bowled Pushparaj for 40 shortly after and captain Shekhar Naik added a stylish 77 off 46 balls using the reverse sweep to good effect before being run out by another piece of brilliant fielding from Andy Powers with a direct hit. Naik had been hampered by an injury which required him to call for a runner which meant that later he could not open the bowling.
By the second drinks break England were still in the game especially as Reddy was run out by Luke Sugg shortly after for 98. However, strong hitting by the lower middle order took the game away from England. In particular Bhoya, making up for two previous failures, finished undefeated on 96 from 34 deliveries. Ashih Negi, Hitesh Patel and Ketan Patel all weighed in, the latter scoring 34 off 21 deliveries.
The Indians have been able to adapt to English field placings by picking out the gaps throughout the series. Sweeping was more in evidence today.
All the England bowlers took some stick although Andy Powers bowled a tidy spell. The England fielding started to wilt under the onslaught and it occasionally slipped below their previous high standard.
The England innings got off to a disastrous start with Dan Field bowled for the third time by Reddy and Nathan Foy being dismissed with the score at 12-2. Wickets fell at regular intervals until Luke Sugg was joined by Andy Powers. They put on 97 and batted with considerable authority in a lost cause. Sugg became more assured as time went on and when he was caught by Negi off the bowling of Ketan Patel for 61 had seemed likely to bat out the 40 overs. Powers went his 50 in 43 deliveries before being leg before to Hanuman Pooniya who was having his first match of the series.
The Indian bowlers shared the wickets with only Hitesh Patel with impressive figures of 8-0-35-2 bowling his full quota.
Man-of –the match was Ajay Reddy who returned figures of 6-0-14-1 to add to his commanding innings.
After the friendliness and hospitality of the members of Barnards Green Cricket Club, where it was possible to display the England mascot from the window of the cosy scorebox, both teams move further afield from their base at Malvern College to play the final match of the series tomorrow at Rugby School.