India restrict listless England to 220 in fourth ODI at Wankhede

England batsmen looked clueless against Indian spinners throughout the innings Getty Images

Mumbai: Oct 23, 2011

R Ashwin and Varun Aaron shared six wickets between them as India dismissed England for a modest 220 in the fourth and penultimate cricket one-dayer at Wankhede in Mumbai on Sunday.

Electing to bat on a slow Wankhede Stadium pitch, England were off to a flyer — 39 in six overs — with opener Craig Kieswetter making a brisk 29 in 18 balls with the help of two sixes and four fours before India applied the brakes and kept the visitors on a tight leash thereafter.

South Africa-born batsmen Jonathan Trott (39 in 48 balls) and Kevin Pietersen (41 in 61 balls) threatened to take charge at one stage before losing their way against the varied home team attack to be bundled out in 46.1 overs.

Spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja shared five wickets between them while debutant medium pacer Varun Aaron impressed with a haul of three wickets in the death overs, including that of innings highest scorer Tim Bresnan (45 in 45 balls with six fours).

England failed to put together big partnerships consistently, the highest being 73 for the third wicket in 92 balls between Pietersen and Trott.

Ashwin bagged three for 38 after an expensive first over in which he gave away 15 runs while Jadeja got good turn to finish with two for 41. The remaining wickets were shared by Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar and debutant Aaron (3 for 24).

India, 3-0 up in the five-match series, were left with the task of scoring at a comfortable asking rate of 4.42 to clinch the tie.

England made a brisk start with opener Craig Kieswetter carting medium pacer Vinay Kumar over the straight field into the top tier of the stands for the first six of the match and in between hit the Bangalore bowler for two fours. (PTI)

Brief Score: England 220 all out in 46.1 overs (Tim Bresnan 45, Kevin Pietersen 41, Jonathan Trott 39; Varun Aaron 3 for 24, R Ashwin 3 for 38) vs India

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