The England Cricket team has been defeated by India in the 4th ODI played at PCA Stadium Mohali. India won the match by 5 wickets. With this victory, India has taken an unbeatable lead of 3-1 in the series.
The Indian captain MS Dhoni won the toss again and he had no hesitation in bowling first because of the due that was expected to come down in the evening. England didn’t have a good start and Ian Bell departed early. Ishant Sharma was the bowler who gave India the first breakthrough. Bell got out at the score of 10.
Pietersen came to bat at no. 3 and he along with Cook played sensibly and put up a good partnership. Neither of the two batsmen played risky shots. They just tried to play cricketing shots and rotated the strike well. Cook completed his half century in the meantime.
The England skipper was looking in great touch and he was negotiating the Indian bowlers with ease. But, Jadeja gave England the big blow by dismissing Cook at the score of 76. Cook was adjudged leg before wicket. However, the television replays later showed that the ball had pitched outside the leg stump and Cook was a bit unlucky to be given out.
After Cook’s dismissal, England lost a couple of quick wickets and the score became 142 for the loss of 4 wickets. Joe Root came to bat at no. 6 and he batted superbly. He played with good strike rate and along with Pietersen, he smashed the Indian bowlers in the last 10 overs.
At the end of 50 overs, the score of England was 257 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. Root remained not out on 57.
India didn’t have a good start in reply. Gautam Gambhir again departed early. He was given out caught behind the wickets. It was again a controversial decision.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma provided a bit of steadiness to the innings and added 52 runs for the second wicket. But, all of a sudden, India lost two quick wickets and was in a spot of bother at 90 for 3.
Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma brought India out of trouble and added 68 runs for the fourth wicket. Rohit Sharma was given out leg before wicket at the score of 83. It seemed that the ball was going outside the leg stump, but, the umpire raised his finger and Rohit had to return to the pavilion.
MS Dhoni couldn’t play a big inning this time around. He was dismissed by Dernbach, but, that didn’t make any difference. Raina along with Jadeja saw India home. Raina remained unbeaten on 89 and was declared man of the match.