England crumble to humiliating defeat
England’s hopes of securing a confidence-boosting ODI series win over India suffered a huge shock on Tuesday after Alastair Cook’s side crumbled to a 127-run defeat in Kochi.
Having come into the game off the back of their first one-day victory against India in 13 attempts, the visitors were slight favourites in the India v England betting to make it 2-0 in the five-match series. They were even on course to achieve such a feat as India feared an embarrassing loss themselves – at one point being 174-4 with a few overs remaining.
Yet a staggering 82 runs off the final six overs soared India’s score to a respectable, yet nevertheless still beatable, 285-6. Seamers Steven Finn and Jade Dernbach took two wickets each but that was as much as England could boast as captain MS Dhoni (72) and Ravindra Jadeja (61 not out) knocked 82 from 36 deliveries to force India back in the game.
England still must have sensed their chance but when Ian Bell fell for a single the warning sirens began to sound. Kevin Pietersen steadied the ship before Cook fell for 17, and when Joe Root and Chris Woakes went in the same over to Jadeja, the tourists’ spine was broken as they made just 158.
The embarrassing 127-run loss was the second worst ever ODI defeat to India in England’s history and gives Cook and co. a major reality check heading into the next three matches. England are unlikely to change their XI and to be honest they shouldn’t, for their batting display will have ruined any confidence mustered from that first match outing and those who flopped in Kochi must be given a chance to redeem themselves.
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