India routed for 153 in One-day International against England
BRISBANE: India’s decision to bat first backfired when they were dismissed for just 153 by England in the one-day international in Brisbane on Tuesday.
In their second outing of the tri-series, after losing to Australia on Sunday, the Indian batsmen struggled to cope with the extra bounce on a lively Gabba deck and lasted just 39.3 overs.
Tall pace bowler Steven Finn made the most of the life in the wicket to claim his first five-wicket haul in 49 one-day internationals, finishing with five for 33 from eight overs.
He did most of his damage to the top order, as India lost their way after being in a sound position at 57-1.
Seamer James Anderson, returning to the English side after injury, claimed the first wicket, removing the struggling Shikhar Dhawan for one, before Ajinkya Rahane (33) and Ambati Rayudu (23) steadied the Indian cause with a 56-run stand.
The fall of Rahane, caught by James Taylor from the bowling of Finn, sparked the first of two collapses during the innings.
Finn then claimed Rayudu and Virat Kohli (4) as India slumped to 67 for five.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (34) and the recalled Stuart Binny (44) put on 70 before Finn again struck twice in quick succession.
He had Dhoni caught behind by Jos Buttler, the wicketkeeper’s fifth dismissal of the innings, and India folded, losing their last five wickets for just 16 runs.
Finn picked up his fifth scalp when he bowled Axar Patel for nought.