India vs England: Finn and Anderson wreck India, Binny lone spark

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 20, 2015 16:06 IST

Stuart Little is what he has been belittled as by keyboard-happy critics, but at Brisbane on Tuesday, Stuart Binny was the lone bright spark for India as the team hurtled to its second successive defeat in the ODI tri-series.

First, the result: India folded up for 153 in 39.3 overs and England did what needed to be done in 27.3 overs, coasting home to 156/1. England won by 9 wickets with 135 balls left and scooped up a bonus point as good measure.

As preparatory matches go before the World Cup, this has been a rocky start for India.

Now, over to India's abysmal batting display. It would have been worse if it weren't for Stuart's 44 (55 balls) which included three boundaries and two sixes.

Stuart's selection for the World Cup has been under the public gaze. He has not reacted in kind to some of the barbs directed his way. To be fair, he may not even be aware of the level of chatter.

The son of 1983 World Cup winner and present selector Roger Binny let his bat do the talking at Brisbane. He stitched a partnership with skipper MS Dhoni (34 off 61 balls) after India suffered starting trouble.

First up, James Anderson found out Shikhar Dhawan, who edged a fine, moving delivery to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler (the first of his five dismissals - one of them a stumping - in the match).

Dhawan fell for 1. It will put him under pressure, no matter the platitudes that the team will offer.

Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu forged a partnership, but the slide downhill Down Under was just around the corner.

Rahane fell for 33 to Steven Finn when the team had reached 57. He tried to hit out over the top, but the 6 ft 7 in Finn's bounce made the difference.

A tall and fast Mitchell Starc had done India in two days ago with a spell of 6/43 at Melbourne, Tuesday was the turn of the tall and not-so-fast Finn (he used to be way faster, upwards of 150 kph at times).

Virat Kohli fell for a forgettable 4 to Finn with the team score at 64. He tried a dab to third man, but ended up edging to Buttler. It brought back memories of his soft dismissal in the first innings of the Brisbane Test.

In came Raina and out stepped Raina to Moeen Ali to be stumped by Buttler for 1. The team score stood at 65.

Soon, it was 67/5, as Rayudu tried a Kohli dab that ended up in Buttler's gloves.

Dhoni and Binny pushed the score to a respectable 137 before the skipper fell - to the Finn-Buttler combination.

Axar Patel did not bother the scorers for the second successive match. Finn bowled him for a first ball duck (Patel had faced two balls against Australia). The scoreboard hadn't moved.

Finn ended with enviable figures of 5/33.

India soon tumbled to 143/8 when Anderson bowled Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 5.

He struck again to remove Binny and Mohammed Shami. Along with Finn, he was the other wrecker-in-chief, ending with figures of 4/18.

England began the chase in earnest as Dhoni threw the new ball to Binny. He got Ali to chip a slower one (relatively slower at 119 kph when the all-out pace is only marginally higher) to mid-off where Kohli caught it.

There were no more successes to be had.

Ian Bell (88 off 91 balls) and James Taylor (56 off 63 balls) completed the task with ease.

India have a lot of planning and training ahead of their next clash - against Australia at Sydney on Republic Day.

Scorecard: India vs England

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