Friday 22 August 2014 

Indians Too Strong For Middlesex

For the second time on the tour, India wrapped up victory by 95 runs at Lord's
For the second time on the tour, India wrapped up victory by 95 runs at Lord's
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Indians 230 (Rayudu 72, Kohli 71) beat
Middlesex 135 (K Sharma 3-14) by 95 runs
One-day tour game, Lord's

The touring Indians renewed their 2014 love affair with Lord's by hammering Middlesex by 95 runs - the same margin by which they won the Test there earlier this summer - in a one-day tour game.

Their preparation for the five-match One-Day International series was an innings of 230 all out, in which Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu scored half-centuries.

Then leg-spinner Karn Sharma took three wickets as Middlesex were bowled out for 135 in reply.

Kohli, captaining the side on the day, made 71 in 75 balls and Rayudu 72 in 82 deliveries before retiring.

Rohit Sharma (8), Shikhar Dhawan (10), Ajinkya Rahane (14) and Ravindra Jadeja (7) failed to make use of their opportunity while Suresh Raina, in at number 11, was stumped for five.

Stuart Binny was caught and bowled by Ollie Rayner for a golden duck while newbies Sanju Samson (6) and Karn Sharma had little time to impress.

Rayner also removed Ravichandran Ashwin for 18, Samson and Raina to return four for 32 as India were bowled out in 44.2 overs.

Despite failing to bat out their overs and not posting an impressive score, India eventually had more than enough runs on the board as Middlesex batted poorly.

Pacers Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav stuck once apiece to reduce them to 34 for three and when Eoin Morgan was caught by wicket-keeper Samson off Mohit Sharma for 16, the game was as good as over.

Ryan Higgins and James Harris both top scored with 20 as a young Middlesex side failed to even reach the 40-over mark.

Karn Sharma gave himself every chance of earning an ODI debut by dismissing Andrew Balbirnie (19), Harris and finally Gurjit Sandhu (0).

He returned three for 14 while Dhawal Kulkarni and Ashwin also took a wicket each.

The first ODI is in Bristol on Monday (25th August).

© Cricket World 2014

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