The Indian Cricket team has got one step closer to winning their first One Day International series in England in about two and half decades.
Yesterday, in the third ODI game of the ongoing series, the men in blue secured a 6-wicket victory.
It was the ODI specialists who blossomed for India with Suresh Raina leading the way again.
On a slow track which spun more than anyone would have expected, England couldn’t reach a fighting score batting first despite getting a good start.
Most of the middle order English players, including their newest superstar Joe Root, showed impotency against the turning ball. They seemed to be lacking the skills of milking the spinners and building the innings. It was just about block or slog for them and that’s never a good way of playing the slower bowlers especially on a slow pitch.
India might well have been chasing a score of less than 200 if they had not provided some easy deliveries to the English tail-enders towards the end of the innings.
Nevertheless, 228 was not a challenging target at all and once the hosts were off to a flyer thanks to Ajinkya Rahane, England was almost out of the game.
Only one of the Indian batsmen got a half century, but, three others chipped in with 40 odd and a collective effort saw the visitors going up by 2-0 in the series.
The next match is scheduled to be played on the upcoming Tuesday at Edgbaston, Birmingham and the pitch there also is known to be helpful to spin bowling. So, India will have a good chance to seal the series there.
After the ODI series, there is a T20 match to be played as well which would mark the end of this long England tour for India.