Vinay Kumar's four-for restricts England to 237

Vinay Kumar registered his career-best figures of four for 30 Getty Images

New Delhi: Oct 17, 2011

Paceman R Vinay Kumar produced his best ODI bowling figures with a four-wicket haul as India restricted England to 237 all out in the second cricket one-dayer against India.

Electing to bat, the visitors lost both their openers Alastair Cook and Craig Kieswetter for ducks within the first two overs and could never really recover from the early jolts though there were some periods of English fightback at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground.

Karnataka speedster Kumar was the pick of the Indian bowlers with a career-best figure of 9-1-30-4, eclipsing his previous best of 2 for 51 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 2010.

Most of the English batsmen Kevin Pietersen (46), Samit Patel (42), Ravi Bopara (36), Jonathan Bairstow (35) and Jonathan Trott (34) — got the starts but could not translate them into big knocks.

The England innings could not have begun on a more disastrous note as they lost both the openers Cook and Kieswetter within the first two overs and without a single run on the board.

It turned out to be a dramatic start to the proceedings as paceman Praveen Kumar evicted England’s captain in the fourth ball of his first over and then Vinay Kumar dealt another blow for the visitors by accounting for Kieswetter in his first over.

Cook perished to a rather poor stroke as he tried to cut a delivery wide outside the off stump and Ravindra Jadeja took a smart catch at point.

Even before the crowd at the Kotla had completed the celebrations, the visitors suffered another jolt when Vinay Kumar got rid of Kieswetter who edged an outgoing delivery to Virat Kohli in the lone slip.

Reeling at a precarious 0 for two, the experienced Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen survived a few anxious moments early in their innings.

England took 14 balls to open their account but Trott broke the shackles in Praveen Kumar’s third over by clobbering the pacer for three consecutive boundaries and also hitting the last ball to the fence.

Trott and Pietersen added 48 runs for the third wicket before Vinay Kumar struck again by dismissing Trott, who edged an outgoing delivery to Dhoni behind the stumps. His knock of 34 came off 37 deliveries and contained seven boundaries.

Vinay Kumar bowled a tidy opening spell of 7-1-25-2 and was replaced by Umesh Yadav who proved to be expensive with Ravi Bopara smashing him for three boundaries in his first over.

Pietersen and Bopara steadied the innings to some extent and ensured that there were no further setbacks.

Pietersen hammered Ravindra Jadeja for two consecutive sixes to bring about England’s 100 runs on the board while Bopara also looked quite aggressive at the other end as he unleashed a flurry of strokes.

Just when the duo looked like bailing England out of trouble, the Indians bounced back into the game by sending back the two set batsmen in quick succession. From 121 for three, the visitors slumped to 121 for five in the span of three deliveries.

Ashwin trapped Bopara leg before to break the fourth- wicket partnership which was assuming dangerous proportions before Yadav accounted for Pietersen, who nicked the ball to Dhoni who held on to a low catch.

Pietersen waited at the boundary line as the television umpire Sudhir Asnani checked replays to adjudge whether the catch was taken cleanly. The crowd cheered lustily when it became clear that the catch was taken cleanly.

The duo of Jonathan Bairstow and Samit Patel then took upon themselves the responsibility of re-building the English innings, keeping the scoreboard ticking with gentle nudges and pushes while occasionally going for the big hits.

England took the batting powerplay in the 36th over and Patel singled out Ashwin for special treatment by lifting him for a huge six over mid wicket region although the powerplay did not really hurt India with only 36 runs coming.

The sixth-wicket partnership between Bairstow and Patel yielded a vital 86 runs before Umesh Yadav provided the breakthrough, much to the relief of the Indians. Patel was trapped lbw for 42 which came off 53 balls and was laced with two fours and as many sixes.

Soon, Bairstow (35) also joined him in the pavilion with Kohli taking a well-judged catch in the deep off Jadeja.(PTI)

Brief Scores: England 237 all out 48.2 overs (Kevin Pietersen 46, Samit Patel 42, Ravi Bopara 36, Jonathan Bairstow 35, Jonathan Trott 34; R Vinay Kumar 4 for 30, Umesh Yadav 2 for 50) vs India.

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