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Debacle Continue for Men in Blue on Foreign Pitch as England Log 9-Wicket Win in Brisbane

india odiNew Delhi, Wednesday, January 21 – No one would probably have ever thought of seeing India succumbing so easily against the England at Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane, on Tuesday, January 20.

In the ODI series where Australia, England and India are scheduled to play 4 matches each, hopes were up from Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s squad especially at a time when biggest tournament of the cricket is to kick off next month. In the cricket carnival that is slated to begin from February 14, top teams across the world will ensure their participation to win the World Cup trophy. Expectations are certainly high from India as they being the defending champions.

With the new teammates, Dhoni and company are dreaming of winning the title consecutively. However, if their recent performances are to be kept in mind then they seem to show only a bit of resistance on the overseas pitch. Batting collapse was a common scenario a day ago when the Indian camp could only accumulate 153 runs. All 10 batsmen were sent back to the pavilion prior to 40 overs.

India are persistently being on the back foot. Poor show and form of the cricketers raise a big question in front that do they actually deserve to win the 2015 World Cup! In fact, experts and fans doubt that the team wouldn’t be able to enter the second round. Pathetic batting by the young and experienced players and weak bowling attack were the key reasons behind India’s success.

The all-rounder Stuart Binny was the leading scorer from Indian side with 44 runs. Three boundaries and a couple of sixes from him showed how determined was he to take the total score to a respectable stage.  Except him and Ajinkya Rahane (33 runs; 4 x 1 & 6 x 1), Ambati Rayudu (23 runs; 4 x 2) and Indian skipper Dhoni (34 runs of 61 balls; 4 x 1), all poor lads could not touch the double digit mark. Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Mohammed Shami were out at 1 run apiece. Virat Kohli was dismissed at 4. Axar Patel was out for a duck. His unimpressive play on the field gives birth to a query whether he is the right man to board the bus for 2015 WC or not.

India were not in the game right from the beginning but when top-order batsman Ali fell short to Binny at 8, it seemed as if they have the chance to return. Ali’s dismissal was only the stage when Dhoni’s boys jumped in joy. The opener Ian Bell and James Taylor’s knocks hit the final nail in the coffin. 88 runs by Bell and 56 runs by Taylor made England pocket an easy victory and come up in the points table.

England inflicted a humiliating loss on India by 9 wickets. Steven Finn outshined amid others in the 3rd ODI of the Tri-series by claiming 5 wickets in 8 overs. James Anderson made 4 men down and bowled two maiden overs. Ali had to satisfy with 1. A lesson is needed to be learnt by India at this point otherwise it would be too late to bounce back. Umesh Yadav didn’t have any control. Balls delivered by him had no line and length. Leading bowlers strove for wickets and let the rivals to dominate and take the ODI far away from their reach.

Full-time bowlers Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav will have to gain pace if they do not want to see the same outcome in the upcoming matches. Australia will take on England on Friday, January 23, at Bellerive Oval, Hobart. India will have to win rest of the two matches to enter into the finals. The position of the host is stronger. They lead the chart with a couple of victories. English squad holds the second spot. The slated ODIs has a lot meaning for Indian men. Input ought to be poured to rise as a better cricketer or else they should get ready to face the elimination. Let us wait and watch who wins and loses in the remaining contests of Tri-series.

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