Ajinkya Rahane failed to continue the momentum from the earlier games of the five-match series © Getty Images
Ajinkya Rahane failed to continue the momentum from the earlier games of the five-match series © Getty Images

Sep 5, 2014

India were in for an early blow as opener Ajinkya Rahane lost out in a battle with England pacer James Anderson playing a shot towards point where Eoin Morgan collected a safe catch to leaving India losing their first wicket without adding a run  to the scoreboard in the third ball of the game.

The dismissal will now put a lot of pressure on the top order, who have so far delivered in each of the games. While the Indian dressing room will be hoping for a strong partnership between the batsmen at the crease Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli, England will be looking to capitalise on the current situation and preferably cause a collapse from this point on.

India won the toss and elected to field first. Dhawal Kulkarni got to play just one game before being dropped in favour of Umesh Yadav, while Ben Stokes and James Tredwell came in to replace Gary Ballance and Harry Gurney. Joe Root’s superb century guided England to a commanding score of 294 for seven. After skipper Alastair Cook got England off to a good start, the pair of Root and Jos Buttler consolidated, while Stokes provided some late fireworks.

Rahane had earlier in the tournament smashed a scintillating century, his maiden ton in ODIs, in the fourth game at Edgbaston. He took bowlers such as Anderson to task during his innings. He smashed ten fours and four sixes on his way to his landmark innings.

 

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