Friday 23 March 2018

Kohli punishes English failings


England suffered a second straight one-day trouncing after their batsmen let them down -- and Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir made them pay -- at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.

Kohli (112no) and Gambhir (84no) confirmed that England's 237 all out was well below par as India coasted to an eight-wicket victory with more than 13 overs to spare.

Delhi-born Kohli was especially impressive in an 89-ball hundred containing 14 fours in an unbroken stand of 209 -- a record for the third wicket at this venue.

Gambhir was no slouch either, with 10 fours from 90 balls, as the pair dominated an attack who had been set an evidently impossible task.

England are 2-0 down with three matches left in a series already threatening to go the way of previous limited-overs attempts in this country which resulted in a combined scoreline of 10-1 to India in 2006 and '08.

Tim Bresnan did his best to revive England's prospects by shifting both openers early in India's otherwise near seamless run chase, and Steven Finn also bowled well with little luck in his new-ball spell.

But the damage was done before England got the ball in their hands, a succession of batsmen having failed to provide lasting recovery from a dreadful start.

Kevin Pietersen top-scored among five who bettered 30 but could not muster a half-century between them on a pitch of reasonable pace but with some unpredictable bounce.

Irish Independent

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