Taylor, Buttler Steer England Into Tri-Series Final
England 201-7 (Taylor 82, Buttler 67) beat
India 200 (Rahane 73, Finn 3-36) by three wickets
ODI Tri-Series, Perth
James Taylor and Jos Buttler notched up vital half-centuries as England defeated India by three wickets to reach the final of the Carlton Mid Triangular One-Day International series in Perth.
Stuart Binny (3-33) gave India a glimmer of hope defending 200 but the 125-run stand between Taylor and Butler sealed the game for England.
After opting to field first in conditions suited to bowling, the England bowlers were put to the test by Ajinkya Rahane (73) and Shikhar Dhawan (38) who put on an 83-run opening stand.
Dhawan could not consolidate on his start as he was caught behind off Chris Woakes (2-47). From then on, India collapsed, losing eight wickets in the space of 82 runs.
Moeen Ali's (2-35) dominance over India continued as he got rid of Virat Kohli (8) and Suresh Raina (1) in quick succession leaving India at 107 for three.
Stuart Broad (2-56) finally managed a breakthrough in the series dismissing Ambati Rayudu (12), caught by Buttler while Steven Finn (3-36) had put India in a spot of bother removing Binny (7) and Akshar Patel (1).
James Anderson (1-24) came back in the powerplay trapping MS Dhoni (17) lbw as India slipped to 164 for seven.
The last wicket pair of Mohamamd Shami (25) and Mohit Sharma (7) put on a 35-run partnership as India managed 200 runs in 48.1 overs.
Finn and Anderson were the standout bowlers for England and Ali continued to impress once again in the middle overs.
Chasing 201, England got themselves into a precarious situation as they lost the first five wickets with just 66 runs on the board.
Ian Bell (10) was trapped lbw by Mohit Sharma (2-36) while Patel (1-39) removed Ali (17) caught near the ropes.
Binny then stepped in to remove Joe Root (3), Eoin Morgan (2) and Ravi Bopara (4) to put India in a dominant position.
However, Taylor (82) and Buttler (67) put on a match-winning partnership of 125 runs from 140 balls to seal the fate of the game.
Taylor hit four fours while Buttler managed seven fours during their century stand.
The duo departed in quick succession at the end, but the damage was already done for India as England needed eight runs in the last five overs.
Woakes (4 not out) and Broad (3 not out) took England home with three wickets and 19 balls to spare.
For India, Binny picked three wickets while Mohit managed two.
Taylor was adjudged Man of the Match for his knock of 82.
England will play Australia in the final of the tri-series on Sunday (1st February) in Perth.
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